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Beacon Hill KinderCare

Stephanie Strand, Center Director

25189 Beacon Hill Way Laguna Niguel CA 92677
(949) 240-4004 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Golden Lantern & Beacon Hill in Laguna Niguel

Beacon Hill, Bear Brand

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
John S. Malcolm Elementary

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Thank you for choosing KinderCare! Our center is often a child’s first “home-away-from-home” because our loving, experienced, educated, and dedicated teachers build a comforting, caring relationship with each child right from the start. Our KinderCare is in a beautiful building that sits atop a hill surrounded by the singing of birds and above the line of traffic. We are near fine shopping and dining, on the way to most parents’ workplaces, easy to get to, but located on our own property with no other businesses “next-door”, creating a perfect balance. Our center is the place where families with children of all ages meet, become friends, and enjoy enriching, fun and educational events together. Many of our families have become lifelong friends here because our center is a community “hub” of activity.

Stephanie Strand, 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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.


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

The teachers and staff at Beacon Hill KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We believe strongly that we are more than a daycare, we're a school. Our teachers create an outstanding educational environment for the children and actively engage them in learning all throughout the day. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Stephanie Strand

    Stephanie Strand, Center Director

    I am dedicated to serving children and families in any way I can. I know that the only way to ensure that each child develops to his or her greatest potential is by building strong, supportive relationships with their families.

    Kris McCord started with KinderCare in 2009 as the Center Director. Prior to becoming Center Director, she has been an assistant teacher, lead teacher, day camp counselor, resident camp director, and adjunct instructor for local community colleges. In addition, she has owned a family home child care program and licensed child care center. She has a Master's Degree in Education as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Kris has 33 years of experience in the field regarding early childhood development.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Kris owned a family home childcare program and is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor at Irvine Valley College for the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    33 years
    Master's Degree in Education, Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, and 36 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Stephanie FitzGerald

    Stephanie FitzGerald, Assistant Director

    My dedication begins with a desire to create meaningful relationships which will support families in providing a solid foundation for their children, and the future. I enjoy knowing that the work I do every day has a lasting and powerful impact.

    Stephanie has worked with children and families in various capacities since 2003. She has experience caring for children ages six weeks to five years and from all walks of life. Stephanie has worked for KinderCare since September 2010. She has completed the requirements for the Vermont Child Development Specialist Certificate which included 18 Units in Early Care and Education and has also received the VT Step One Program Director Credential, completing over 400 hours of additional specialized training. Stephanie continues to be dedicated to furthering her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Stephanie has worked with children and families in various capacities since 2003. She has experience caring for children ages six weeks to five years and from all walks of life. She has worked for KinderCare since September 2010.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Specialist Certificate, VT Step One Program Director Credential and completed over 400 hours of additional specialized training
  • Mr. Robert, Cook/Assistant

    I go about my own ways to treat kids as if they were my own friends and always look for them to be entertained and smiling.  They also have healthy and nutritious snacks and meals to look forward to that fit their growing needs.

    Robert has worked with children since the age of 14, babysitting, tutoring, and cooking for them.  I have grown to learn the value of helping children develop with cheerful personalities and love the idea of assisting them in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Robert has been working in the field of cuisine since 2009, working in restaurants, schools, weddings, and catering events in both the island of Puerto Rico and Orange County.
    Local and International Cuisine
  • Ms. Mayra

    Ms. Mayra, Discovery Preschool

    I truly enjoy watching young minds grow. I love knowing that I have helped shape them into the amazing human beings that they are.

    Previous Experience:
    Mayra has worked with KinderCare since 2011 and has been here at Beacon Hill KinderCare since 2013.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Child Development 1, 2 and 3, Introduction to Sociology and Family Relationships. Currently working on a Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Health and Safety Coordinator/Support Staff

    I enjoy working with young children because they get so much joy out of life. Even the smallest triumph is a huge accomplishment. To see their smiling faces each morning is a joy, in turn, for me.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sarah has worked in a mixed age group elementary classroom as a teaching assistant. For the last nine years she was a stay at home mother with her two daughters who are now 7 and 9 years old. Ms. Sarah volunteered at her daughter's preschool and grade school prior to joining the KinderCare family. She has been with the Beacon hill KinderCare family since 2012.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Juanita

    Ms. Juanita, Infant /Toddler Classroom

    Children are amazing. As I plan curriculum, teach, and play with them, I am learning something new every day. When young children experience something new, they show such enthusiasm… Their faces light up with a sense of wonder that most adults tend to forget. Teaching children allows me to feel that sense of wonder myself, all over again.

    Ms. Juanita has been working in the field of Early Childhood Development and Education since March of 2011. She has worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and was the infant and toddler lead teacher at a preschool in northern Orange County. Ms. Juanita has taken a number of child development courses, including Human Development, Infant and Toddler Development, and Early Childhood Intervention. She is currently enrolled in additional child development classes at Irvine Valley College and will continue to take classes in this important field.
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Juanita has been working in the field of Early Childhood Development and Education since March of 2011. She has worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and was the infant and toddler lead teacher at a preschool in northern Orange County. Ms. Juanita has taken a number of child development courses, including Human Development, Infant and Toddler Development, and Early Childhood Intervention. She is currently enrolled in additional child development classes at Irvine Valley College and will continue to take classes in this important field.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University with a concentration in Sociology and Family Studies/Child Development, an Associative in Arts Degree from Long Beach City College
  • Ms. Sadri

    Ms. Sadri, Infant/Toddler

    One of the biggest reasons why I love teaching is because of the joy of making a difference in the children's lives.

    Sadri has completed more than twenty workshops from the Department of Education in Maryland and from the University of Portland while working for KinderCare.  I have earned many CEU's (education units) and have been granted certificates of participation in a variety of subjects including Child Development and Education.  Sadri is currently enrolled in college level courses to meet the requirements for the State of Californina including Infant/Toddler Development and Child, Family and Community.

    Previous Experience:
    Sadri has been teaching and caring for Infants and Toddlers for KinderCare since 1998 and has been working at Beacon Hill since 2014.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    CEU's Education Units, Infant/Toddler Development and Child, Family and Community
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Infants

    Children in my class learn that they are important and loved by the way I respond to them and how I meet their needs everyday.

    Annie always waned to be a teacher when she "grew up" and volunteered for church schools.  She loves seeing how creative children can be and enjoys watching every child grow and develop in their own abilities.  Annie loves what she can do!

    Previous Experience:
    Annie has worked with young children at KinderCare since 2001. She started as an assistant in a Toddler classroom. She has worked with children of many ages, but mostly with Infants and Toddlers under the age of two. Annie has worked at KinderCare learning centers in Long Beach and Irvine, and she has been at Beacon Hill since 2014.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Early childhood Education units. First Aid and CPR certified and working towards her degree in Earl Childhood Education.
  • Ms. Chloe

    Ms. Chloe, Learning Adventures

    I love teaching for so many reasons. I love inspiring students not only academically, but personally.

    Chloe's focus will be on literacy and math skills, science and social studies.  Your child will develop great learning habits and positive self esteem, effective social skills and better physical coordination through strength.

    Previous Experience:
    Chloe has held many lead teacher roles and has worked with children of all ages from Toddlers to Kindergarteners. She worked as a lead preschool teacher at a privately owned preschool in Nevada and before that she was a lead teacher in Chico, CA. She led daily activities and created and implemented developmentally appropriate curriculum. Chloe also has experience working with children of all abilities including children with autism, children with down syndrome and children with cerebral palsy.
    BA in Social Science and Child Development with an emphasis in Family Relations
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, PreKindergarten

    I enjoy teaching simply because I enjoy learning.

    Janet's goal is to share the excitement of learning with everyone she encounters, especially the children who step foot into her classroom.  She looks to inspire and create a classroom of co-learning, where all can further one another's learning capabilities.  She believes every child is an amazing bundle of insight and inspiration.  Janet looks to use the excitement and inspiration from the children in her classroom and use it to their advantage.

    Previous Experience:
    Janet is beyond thrilled to be one of the newest members to the Beacon Hill KinderCare team, having started in June 2014. She has worked in the field of Education since 2009. Prior to working at Beacon Hill, she worked with after-school programs in San Diego and Orange County as an Assistant Director for Spanish and French dual Immersion Program and as a K-1st grade Program Administrator/Lead Teacher. Continuing her education and experience, she discovered great interest in the Early Childhood Education field-specifically, Janet was interested in leading a Pre-Kindergarten and/or Preschool Age classroom. With the help your your child, she looks forward to developing an atmosphere of ultimate fun, discovery and co-learning!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Sociology and Philosophy at San Diego State. Currently completing Early Childhood Education coursework towards a Master Teacher Certificate, concentrating studies on Literacy and Creative Development
  • Ms. JoAnn

    Ms. JoAnn, Support Staff

    JoAnn loves hearing about the bright, interesting and different ideas that come from the children, whether its during the curriculum discussions or hearing what they say to each other during play.... To watch and listen to each child gives me great insight into who they are becoming and who they wish to be.  By being a teacher, I am able to be present while children are experimenting, creating and learning.  I look forward to their future and delight in each smile of discovery and excitement as they explore with me.

    Previous Experience:
    JoAnn has worked for KinderCare since 2013. She has worked in the Toddler Program and in the Preschool Program,
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Toddlers

    I feel so lucky to have the job that I have because I am surrounded by bright and loving children all day who constantly make me smile and laugh!

    In Kristen's classroom, your children will come to understand the world around them.  They will start to learn mathematics, science, visual arts, creative movement, music, problem solving, language, and early reading skills.  They will gain social skills and learn to interact with one another.  They will also learn to express and regulate their feelings and develop relationships with others.  In this class, they will become fully prepared to graduate into the next class and a new chapter of their lives!

    Previous Experience:
    Since Kristen was in High School, she has been working with children of all ages. From neighborhood babysitting jobs to volunteering at preschools for underprivileged children to finally working professionally as a Lead Teacher in licensed preschools, she has always worked in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2014. Kristen can truly say working with young children is her passion!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate. Currently working on a Bachelors Degree in Child Development with a minor in Business Administration.
  • Ms. Yuliya

    Ms. Yuliya, Preschool Classroom

    Children look at the world with wonder and excitement. I love providing activities that spark their imaginations. I enjoy getting to know them and building a relationship with them as we explore ideas and our world together!

    Ms. Yuliya worked for several years in a licensed child development center, and then took a few years off to spend time with her own children.  She is happy to be back in the classroom and her youngest daughter, Deanna, loves coming to the Prekindergarten program here at KinderCare, too!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yuliya brings five years of experience working in a licensed child development center to the KinderCare family.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree, completed 12 units in Early Childhood Education at Saddleback College
  • Ms. Fatemeh

    Ms. Fatemeh, Preschool Classroom

    I love being around children because I feel I can make such a difference in each child's life.

    In Ms. Fatemeh's class, children have fun while they are learning and surprise you with the wonderful things they can accomplish. She always tries to go beyond the curriculum to show them how to apply concepts in different ways.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Fatemeh has worked for KinderCare since 2003. Prior to joining the KinderCare family, she also worked in another California preschool and owned her own preschool in Iran.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 Years
    Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Support Staff

    People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel". -Maya Angelou

    This is my first opportunity being able to work with children. I have babysat since I was sixteen, and I have always known I wanted a career working with children. I am extremely fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity working with children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. I am learning new things everyday and I am always excited to go to work everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by: Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    working on ECE major at Saddleback College

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

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Thai

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Spring PDD (Professional Development Day) TBA
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Fall PDD (Professional Development Day) TBA
Thanksgiving Day
The Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve (early closure)
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our children is of the upmost importance here at KinderCare. We make every effort to have a clean atmosphere; we sanitize our learning materials regularly and have a variety of different tools to assist teachers and staff to maintain a sanitary, neat, and pleasant space for children to grow. Our staff has current CPR and First Aid certifications, and with our own Health and Safety Coordinator on the premises full-time, attention to detail in the areas of cleanliness and safety for children of all ages is not just a promise- it’s a guarantee! This well-secured facility includes a keypad entry with security code, and alarms on all gates. We have a padded playground surface creating a safer environment for our children by providing a cushion in the event that a child falls.

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 heard this place was the KinderCare of all the KinderCares. I have a three and five year old that go here. My daughter also attends Kindergarten in a different elementary school and they provide drop off and pick up service. In addition, they offer add on programs like phonics, cooking, music lessons. The staff is very friendly, competent, loving and the facility is clean. After being a stay home mom for three years, I was skeptical of the quality of care my children would receive at a day care center; however it is very apparent they provide a happy and safe environment and they get lots of individualized attention. My only suggestion for improvement is invoicing. This should automatically be provided weekly in an easy to read and detailed format.

- Mother

We love this school. My daughter has been going since she was 18 months and she is now almost four years old. When looking at schools, I looked at a lot of different options and we were so impressed with KinderCare at Beacon Hill. The staff and other kids/families that we have gotten to know over the years are great. Kris is so supportive and cares greatly about the children and helping the families be happy and successful. I have been so happy with our decision.

- Mother

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