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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

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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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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.

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.

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 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:
    4 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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies
  • Ms. Maryam

    Ms. Maryam, Infants

    Children are miracles of my life.

    Ms. Maryam has been married to her husband for 25 years and she has two children. Her son is attending UC Berkely and her daughter is a student at Aliso Niguel Highschool. Although she has her Masters in Health Information Management, she has decided that early childhood education is the career for her! She would like to get her Post Masters Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maryam has had 22 years of teaching experience with her Health Information Management degree at the college level. She switched fields and has been in Early Childhood for 3 years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Masters in Health Information Management as well as Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Sharlana

    Miss Sharlana, Infants/Toddlers

    I am passionate about making children smile and laugh!

    Ms. Sharlana is currently enrolled in many ECE classes. She plans on continuing her education by transferring to a CSU to get her Bachelors degree in Child Development. She loves to dance with the kids and just make the environment as fun as possible!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sharlana has previously worked as a personal nanny.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on Associates in Child Development
  • 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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    BA Liberal Studies, 15 ECE credits
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Twos Classroom

    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Early Childhood Education Units
  • 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Associates Degree in Child Development, Bachelors in English and a Site Supervisor Permit from CA
  • Ms. Cami

    Ms. Cami, Preschool Classroom

    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:
    1 Year
    B.A. in Psychology
  • 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    30 plus units
  • Ms. Charlotte, Chef

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

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

  • Vietnamese & Farsi

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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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