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Laguna Niguel KinderCare

Taylor Camarena, Center Director

30075 Alicia Pkwy Laguna Niguel CA 92677
(949) 249-2321 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Pacific Island Dr. and Alicia Parkway in the Albertson's Shopping Center

Between Alicia /Niguel. In the Albertsons shopping Center. Also located across from the Fire Department on Pacific Island Drive.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Canyon Vista, Moulton


Welcome to the Laguna Niguel KinderCare. We have a beautiful campus, with loving, patient and kind teachers whose number one priority is their students safety and growth.  Here at KinderCare we emphasize constant learning, through every aspect of our day. Every activity, inside the classroom and out, is an opportunity for learning.  We encourage play and exploration of different learning centers. We foster creativity and age-appropriate educational development.  We would love for you and your family to come meet us and learn more about our programs and our center. You could become a part of our amazing Laguna Niguel family today!

Taylor Camarena, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We have a great staff who truly have a passion for what they do. They have years of experience and hearts of gold. Come in for a tour and meet us so we can show you what we are all about!

  • Taylor Camarena

    Taylor Camarena, Center Director

    Just breathe.

    Ms. Taylor absolutely loves working with children of all ages. She has been part of the KinderCare family for over three years. She graduated from California State University: Fullerton with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Human Services. She loves how each of the children and their families are so unique and how we can learn something different from everyone. Her favorite part about working with children is when they realize they have accomplished something new and you can see the excitement on their face. She hopes to spread this excitement throughout the whole school!  

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked with children of all ages at different private preschools and afternoon elementary programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Human Services
  • Shannon Valdez

    Shannon Valdez, Assistant Director

    I love seeing the child's face light up when they figure out a new milestone, be it a first step or the first time a child writes their name. Being a part of that important process makes each and every day worthwhile.

    Ms. Shannon received her BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State Fullerton in 1999. She has worked at KinderCare from 2004-2007 and returned in 2010. Ms. Shannon has been a teacher in multiple classrooms, from Infants to Kindergarten and in the Learning Adventures program teaching Phonics, Math, Spanish, and Sign Language to small groups of children. She is currently the Assistant Director who helps to oversee all aspects of the school including working in classrooms with students and in the office assisting the Center Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shannon previously worked as a nanny or in the preschool industry for 19 years.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies
  • Ms. Maryam

    Ms. Maryam, Infants

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Tara, Infants

    I had such a wonderful experience coming to this Kindercare as a child, and it prompted me to become a preschool teacher. I am so excited to be here at KinderCare.

    I have been a preschool teacher for 8 years. Most of my experience has been interacting with and caring for infants and toddlers. Interestingly enough, I attended this KinderCare when I was a child. My mother was a teacher here in the Preschool class. Well, I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; here I am as a teacher here :) I plan to further my education in Early Childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tara has been an Infant/Toddler teacher as well as a Twos teacher in the past.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Mahin

    Ms. Mahin, Toddlers

    I enjoy being helpful for humanity and for the world by nurturing and educating children.

    Ms. Mahin has been with KinderCare for almost 15 years. Most of that time she has spent in the Toddler Room. She enjoys her time teaching the children songs, colors, numbers, letters, shapes. She likes to teach them how to play with others, how to share, and how to use their manners.

    Previous Experience:
    School Teacher
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    BA Liberal Studies, 15 ECE credits
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler

    Previous Experience:
    Before working for KinderCare, Ms. Sarah worked at a Montessori School and she also worked for the School District.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    45 units in Child Development
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Discovery Preschool

    I enjoy all of the funny stories that my job provides, my job is never boring.

    Ms. Katrina was born and raised in California, specifically in the Bay area.  She has been in child care for more than ten years with her husband.  She moved to Laguna Hills, California, Where she worked at the Aliso Viejo KinderCare from August 2011 to November 2012.  In April of 2015, Ms. Katrina started at the Laguna Niguel KinderCare as a Pre-school Teacher.  She is excited to be back with the KinderCare family and is looking forward to forming a caring bond with the children and the KinderCare parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at the Laguna Niguel KinderCare, Ms. Katrina worked at the KinderCare in Aliso Viejo since 2011.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    De Anza College
  • Ms. Diana

    Ms. Diana, Preschool

    Children are my life.

    Ms. Diana has been working with Laguna Niguel KinderCare since 2012.  She is lucky to be teaching the Preschool (3's) class.  She has her BA from UCLA in English and her AS in Child Development from Saddleback College.  Ms. Diana also has a Site Supervisor Premit from the Californina Comission on Teacher Credentialing.  She LOVE'S being in a classroom and has had experience working with infants and helping them learn to sit up, also working with Toddlers and helping them learn to feed themselves, working with two's and helping them potty train, working with Preschoolers and helping them become self-sufficient, working with Pre-K and helping with Kindergarden readiness and working with School Age kids and helping them with their homework and sort through social struggles.  Ms. Diana strives to build solid relationships with her students, who she endearingly refers to as her kids, as well as build connections with their families.  She believes all children are smart and capable and she gives them opportunities to prove this in her class.  She also enjoys singing and reading with her kids as well as exploring baking, and cooking with them!  Ms. Diana looks forward to meeting new families and learning from their unique experiences and cultures.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diana was a Lead Teacher for Pre-Kindergarden at Robert Mayer Child Development Center.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Associates Degree in Child Development, Bachelors in English and a Site Supervisor Permit from CA
  • Ms. Rachael

    Ms. Rachael, Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Rachael was born and raised in Orange County. In that time she has had five children of her own and plans to raise them here as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachael had previously worked at an in-home day care center for seven years before joining the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    30 plus units
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Transitional Kindergarten

    I love being a teacher! Teaching builds brighter futures not only for the children, but for the world.

    Ms. Kristen has loved the teaching profession since she was in the Fourth grade at Lomarena Elementary. Pre-K through Second grade is where her heart is. She will be getting married to her fiance Ben in December and they currently are living in Laguna Hills with their cat Martini.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristen has taught in preschools for 7 years, was a substitute teacher at the elementary age for 1 year, and taught her own 2nd grade class as well!
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    CA Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
  • Ms. Cami

    Ms. Cami, School Age

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. -Brad Henry

    Ms. Cami is a recent graduate from California State University: Dominguez Hills. She began working with children in 2008, where she supervised children in day care, as well as volunteered in an elementary school. These are just a few of her valued experiences in the Early Childhood field. She enjoys spending time and working with children, and she is excited to have the opportunity to teach, learn, and grow in an educational setting.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cami has worked in daycares before and has also volunteered with different elementary schools.
    Year Started:
    B.A. in Psychology
  • Ms. Charlotte, Chef

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Charlotte worked with kids in a MOPS program. She was there for 10 years.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Diploma in Child Day Care Program 2001

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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

  • Vietnamese & Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, February Professional Development Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July (or the Friday before if it falls on a weekend), Labor Day, October Professional Development Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after  and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site.  We are CPR and First Aid Certified. We offer a fenced playground and exit gates with alarms.  We also have a coded front entrance. We take pride in our level of safety, security and cleanliness.

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