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Rancho San Diego KinderCare

Debbie Chavez, Center Director

3655 Via Mercado La Mesa CA 91941
(619) 670-9388 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Avocado, Rancho San Diego, and Jamacha

Our goal at the Rancho San Diego KinderCare, is to ensure that our center is a safe, nurturing place for children to develop their minds and bodies as well as their friendships and talents. Every day, our staff works to give each child in our care what they need to grow into lifelong learners. Each day we strive to help our center families feel confident that they’ve made the right choice in childcare.


Rancho San Diego KinderCare is located in the heart of Rancho San Diego. Although our center zip code is technically La Mesa, we are located at the end of the 94 East and border El Cajon & Spring Valley. We are a very family-orientated center, with a very homey atmosphere. We have long-term staff who care for the children as if they were their own. All programs offered are high quality and educational-based. We would love to show you around our program, introducing you to our amazing staff, and welcoming you and your child to become part of our Rancho San Diego KinderCare family.

Debbie Chavez, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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?

Teachers & Staff

The staff at the Rancho San Diego KinderCare are all here for the right reasons and that is the children. The staff are loving, caring and constantly engaged with the children. The Rancho San Diego staff encourage the children to create boundaries, build friendships, and learn to become independent thinkers. The staff are always available to answer questions or celebrate accomplishments. The Rancho San Diego staff provide the highest quality care and would love for you and your family to join our family of learners.

  • Debbie Chavez

    Debbie Chavez, Center Director

    I love my job because I have the privilege of impacting people's lives, in a positive, encouraging, and meaningful way. I also have the great honor of experiencing the world around me through the eyes of a child. I am constantly learning new things from each child.

    Debbie is a dedicated and caring individual who is always available for her families. She truly cares about what is happening in each of her families' lives. She is always willing to listen to funny stories while also celebrate and empathize with all her families. Her focus is on providing quality programming and exceptional service to the the families and children in her care. She thrives on leading a staff of great people, and ensuring overall that she is providing the highest quality care and education to every child in her program. She loves her job and wants to ensure that each child establishes her ultimate goal which is the love for learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Debbie was the director of her local church's toddler program.
    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

We are a locked and gated facility with a keypad entry. We have only one entrance to our building, our building is locked, and gated all the way around our playground. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

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

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

My children come home full of exciting stories each day and on the weekends I am asked if they get to go to school. As a teacher, I am very picky on the education that my children receive. I am completely happy with the curriculum that the classrooms use. My four-year-old is challenged academically to prepare her for kindergarten, but still has plenty of opportunity to play and still be a kid. The classrooms are developmentally appropriate for each age group, with engaging centers for the children to explore, imagine, and play. The teachers are well trained and genuinely care about the well being of the children, as they learn as grow. I would not want take my children anywhere else. I love that KinderCare has family events, like the Halloween Carnival, Mommy and Me Tea, and the Christmas show. These events allow parents to chat with their child's teachers and meet other parents. It is nice to feel like a community. Because of this, I know that KinderCare is a home away from home for my girls.

- Mother

My 3 year-old twin girls really love their experience at the Rancho San Diego KinderCare! When I pick them up and ask how their day was, they always say “great!” and tell me something special that happened. I can tell they have strong bonds with their teachers because they tell me stories about each one that they interact with... it’s so sweet and makes me feel like my children are safe and well cared for. I love the fact that KinderCare sends home so many photos from their activities and days at the center—I have been nothing short of impressed with every aspect of their time there. We love it!

- Mother

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