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Escondido KinderCare

Jennifer Paulson, Center Director

2415 South Centre City Pkwy Escondido CA 92025
(760) 745-2474 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Brotherton & Citracado off Centre City Pkwy

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Miller, L R Green, and Bernardo (mid day pick up from LR Green for their AM/PM Kindergarten program; AM pick up for Miller half day prg)

Our location is currently enrolling for all of our programs.  We offer flexible part time and full time schedules for all age groups. We'd love to have you call or stop by for more information or to take a tour and see why KinderCare is the right choice for your family!

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Welcome to Escondido KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family and would love the opportunity to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We're all confident that once you visit, you'll love our well educated, warm and nurturing staff. We understand that you take your childs care and education seriously and so do we.  If there is anything we can do to accommodate your family's needs, please don't hesitate to let us know!
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Jennifer Paulson, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?


Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We are very proud to introduce our team of teachers! Our center hosts a combined tenure of 85 years at KinderCare and over 140 years of experience in the child care field. This is more than a team, but a family of dedicated individuals working together to create the best possible learning center. Everything we do is designed for learning!

  • Jennifer Paulson

    Jennifer Paulson, Center Director

    For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to work with kids. I love my position as a Center Director because I get a chance to work with all of the children in the center, as well as with their families. It is such a thrill to watch a child learn something new and to see the look on their face when they realize they have accomplished something! It is also a great feeling to be available to so many first time parents, and to be able to not only provide them great care for their child, but to help answer questions, concerns, or just lend an ear as a fellow parent.

    Jennifer started her career with KinderCare as a Discovery Preschool teacher in 2006. Since then, she has moved on to different positions in the company and is now the Center Director at the Escondido location.  Jennifer has over twenty Early Childhood Education units, three Associates Degrees, and is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Childrens Services. She is focused on providing a nurturing and fun environment for every child that enters the building and on helping her staff grow and thrive in their careers.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked as a nanny for several years and with KinderCare as a Discovery Preschool teacher, Assistant Director, and a Center Director.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Associates Degrees in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences, twenty-one units in Early Childhood Education and Administration, CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    I have always enjoyed working with children, but working with infants took me to a whole new level. Working with infants allowed me to discover my passion for watching and helping them develop physically and emotionally. Living this miracle everyday is what fuels me in my life.

    Ms. Jessica was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States in 1975.  She obtained her Associates Degree in Child Development and began her professional career with Mira Mesa KinderCare in 1992.  In 1994, she was given the opportunity to help open the KinderCare center in Poway and has most recently joined the team at the Escondido location.  Ms. Jessica's passion for what she does is evident in her classroom and in the smiles on the childrens and parents faces everyday.  Her excellence in infant care has brought many families back to KinderCare with their second and third children, years after their firsts have gone on to school!

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associates Degree in Child Development, CPR and First Aid certified
  • Ms. Leila

    Ms. Leila, Infant Classroom

    The children and the families really inspire me. If I can brighten someone's day and give them the comfort of knowing their children are in good hands, then I know I am doing my job.

    Ms. Leila has worked in the child development field for almost six years. She has 12 Early Childhood Education units and is continuing schooling to receive her Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies. Ms. Leila has worked with all age groups including School Age children.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    12 Units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Toddler Classroom

    The children inspire me everyday. It is wonderful to see their excitement when they achieve a new goal or task they have been working toward. Knowing I helped them achieve another step in the learning process is so gratifying.

    Ms. Melissa has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 14 years as a teacher. With a degree in Child Development and as a mom of two children, she shares her unique blend of education and real-world experience.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Toddler Classroom

    I love to see that light bulb go on when children make a new discovery and fully grasp the concept. I enjoy coming to work because I learn something new everyday from the children and that is a wonderful experience.

    Along with loving care and attention for our youngest students, Ms. Shannon works closely with our school nutritionist to ensure each of our children receives the best in quality meal times. Ms. Shannon brings a passion and enthusiasm to our school that brightens everyone's day.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Marissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and I can't imagine doing anything else.

    Ms. Marissa currently attends Grossmont College and is excited to put everything she has learned to use in the classroom. She absolutely loves animals and enjoys teaching the children fun and interesting facts about them whenever she can.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marissa has been a nanny, as well as worked with infants, toddlers and two year olds at other childcare centers as well as other KinderCare locations.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Early Childhood Education - 15 Units
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Preschool Classroom/Health and Safety Coordinator

    I love to see the children go from flower buds to blooming flowers. I encourage families to spend time in my classroom, take a look around, and join in the fun! The children, parents, and dedicated staff inspire me each day.

    Ms. Sandy is a childcare professional with over ten years of experience; sharing her teaching talents as a teacher and a preschool director. She takes great pride in providing parents with peach of mind, and our students with safety, as Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Prekindergarten children are so eager to learn. They absorb everything that is taught to them and truly enjoy the learning process. I love to see the children grasp new skills and concepts we work on in class and apply them to their world.

    Ms. Kim is a talented teacher with over eight years in the field of Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kim shares her native language with the students as they also begin to master reading, mathematics, and social skills.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Eunice

    Ms. Eunice, School Age and Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love seeing the growth and development of the children. I love coming to work knowing that I give the highest possible dedication and passion for teaching young children.

    Ms. Eunice as worked with young children for over 20 years in various roles. She shares her combined knowledge and education as she leads our after school program for children who attend after elementary school is out. Ms. Eunice assists with homework, and teaches fun projects. Ms. Eunice also leads Learning Adventures where students get individual instruction in Music, Math, Cooking, Spanish, and Phonics.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Early Childhood Development credits

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

When you choose KinderCare, you are choosing a safe and secure environment for your child. Our center is safely located off the main street, yet features a keypad entry and a fully fenced yard. We have two separate play yards, each designed for age appropriate play. All of our teachers hold current First Aid/CPR certificates, and we are proud to have one of our teachers as our Health and Safety Coordinator. As coordinator Ms. Sandy has time set aside regularly to conduct safety inspections both inside and outside.  We know that as a parent, safety is a priority for you, and it is for us too!

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I want to thank you for cultivating Paul's interests in learning, forming positive relationships with other students, and most importantly, helping him find his strengths and nurturing them so he can be successful in his future education and life.

- Parent

Ms. Sandy is always going above and beyond. She encourages parents to stop and converse and spend time with their child at drop-off and pick-up. She really makes the parents feel a part of their child’s class.

- Parent

Ms. Jackie knows the children like the back of her hand. She is truly in tune with their needs.

- Parent

Ms. Shannon is very personable. She always has a smile on her face. You can tell she genuinely loves each child with all her heart.

- Parent

Ms. Karol is dedicated to doing the best for the children in every classroom in the school. She is engaging to the children and makes them her priority. The children adore her and her kind spirit. My son loves her!

- Parent

Ms. Eunice has the perfect balance between keeping my son engaged, but also giving him a little freedom. She is very tolerant of him, even though he can be a handful at times. I enjoy talking to her when I pick up my son.

- Parent

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