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Torrey Pines KinderCare

Ms. Zakkiyyah Porter, Center Director

4050 South Torrey Pines Dr. Las Vegas NV 89103
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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At Las Vegas KinderCare our teachers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing excellent care and learning opportunities for the children in our care. Give us a call today to schedule a tour for the opportunity to experience our curriculum and to meet our teachers and center support staff. We look forward to meeting you!

Welcome

Here at Las Vegas KinderCare we take pride in our excellent learning environment. Our teachers are excited to share their knowledge of learning with all the children in their care. Our focus is teaching and learning through play, developing the whole child and fostering a sense of community and pride. We take pride in classrooms and everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Zakkiyyah Porter, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

Accreditation

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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.

Soccer, Gymnastics

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers and staff members at KinderCare on Torrey Pines are dedicated, compassionate, loving caregivers and educators. Our teachers have an average of four years at KinderCare and an average of ten years experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Our teachers are consistently looking for ways to better themselves as educators. They are adamant about keeping up to date on all new policies, regulations and changes in the field.

  • Ms. Zakkiyyah Porter

    Ms. Zakkiyyah Porter, Center Director

    Zakkiyyah has been working and caring for children for more than 20 years. She has six children of her own that range in age from 21-13. She began to pursue her career in Early Childhood Education when she noticed developmental challenges and delays with one of her own children. That realization fostered her motivation towards excellence in Early Childhood Education for all children. She believes and fully supports that all children learn and develop through different means. The educator is responsible for finding, nurturing and expanding on the development of each individual child.

    Previous Experience:
    Zakkiyyah has spent most of her career working with low income families in an effort to close the achievement gap. She also had a traveling childcare service that specialized in corporate and military events.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    1/9/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Art in Child Studies and Master of Business Administration in Corporate Innovations
  • Diana Bernardo

    Diana Bernardo, Assistant Director

    Diana joined KinderCare in 2005 with six years of past experience as a Assistant Director. She has a passion for her families and children at her school and she loves what she does. She has vast experience working with children and in administration.

    Previous Experience:
    Diana previously worked for Hollywood Video as an Assistant Director for six years while attending the College of Southern Nevada working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss!

    Year Started:
    11/28/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jacqueline Gordon

    Ms. Jacqueline Gordon, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jacqueline is a loving mother to two children and grandmother to one beautiful baby girl. She has been providing loving quality child care and development for over 20 years. Making the babies smile and giving them the nurturing they need while in her care is most important to her. The parents of her class are most excited about the love she has for each of their children and it's expressed in her class.

    Year Started:
    1/29/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Linda McCurry

    Ms. Linda McCurry, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch the children grow and how they progress in different development areas. I love to see their happy faces ready to learn every day.

    Ms. Linda started at KinderCare in 1990. She began teaching toddlers in Sacramento, California and then she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and continued teaching in the Toddler classroom. Ms. Linda is quite the teacher and has the passion for these small children. They sure do love her.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda has worked as an Elementary Grade Teacher, a Bookkeeper and a Radio Telephone Operator.
    Year Started:
    11/28/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Karla Garcia

    Ms. Karla Garcia, Toddler Classroom

    I love coming to work and seeing how happy the children are to see me. I also love seeing them learn new skills. They are so proud of themselves.

    Ms. Karla has worked in childcare with toddlers for the last 17 years with 14 of those years are with KinderCare. She is very much about making story time fun for her toddlers using magnet stories on the wall, as well as books with great pictures. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Karla worked at two privately owned childcare centers. She also has experience working at a nursing home in Washington.
    Year Started:
    9/20/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
  • Ms. Toneka Higgins

    Ms. Toneka Higgins, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Do it because you love it, not because it pays the bills.

    Toneka has two children, one boy and girl, ages eight and eleven. She is working on furthering her education in Early Childhood Education. She is full of energy and very silly at times, which is why the children love her. 

    Previous Experience:
    Toneka has several years experience combined in the Preschool classroom and with infants.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    7/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    23 college credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tiffany Harris

    Ms. Tiffany Harris, Preschool Classroom

    Tiffany loves being a mom and wife. She is very involved in her daughter's softball and schooling. She loves spending time with family and friends. Tiffany is a big animal lover, owning a snake, turtle and sugar glider. 

    Previous Experience:
    Tiffany has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 14 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

    Year Started:
    12/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shelly Brotherton

    Ms. Shelly Brotherton, Preschool Classroom

    Shelly is a loving, dedicated mother of two children. She loves being able to support the children as they explore new and creative things. Shelly also encourages their independence as the little people grow and develop differently.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    Year Started:
    4/16/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Shawn Carlgren

    Ms. Shawn Carlgren, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Shawn was born and raised in Las Vegas and has two grown children.  She loves reading, history and DISNEYLAND!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    All the Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess

    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Worked on Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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
  • Tagalog

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

At KinderCare Learning Center your child's safety is one of my top priorities, not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playground are fenced with located gates as well.  In addition to enter our front door we have a coded entry for extra security.  This is only giving out to authorized family member.  We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator and fire drills.

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.

Over the past five years, we have had two children in the KinderCare Torrey Pines Center. When selecting a daycare provider for our children, we were very aware that we weren't just choosing a place where our children would be safe, but that we were choosing people who would help us nurture and shape our children into the people they are going to become. Our oldest son is now in a very academically challenging kindergarten at a local charter school and having a very positive and successful year. We know this is in part because of the social and academic preparation he received at KinderCare. Our two year old is thriving under the care of the amazing staff. It is abundantly clear, just from walking through the school, that the children are the priority. We feel confident in the foundation our children are receiving at KinderCare, and highly recommend this KinderCare center to anyone and everyone we talk to about childcare. Thank you!

- Mother

My wife and I enrolled our grandson in KinderCare September 2011. This was the second child care facility he attended. The first facility was adequate and safe, but I felt they had own agenda and the best interest of my grandson was secondary. After his first semester, we did what we should have done originally, we visited and spent time at six child care facilities. I have been an educator for the last 35 years teaching grades 1-8 as well as a principal in charge of a very large middle school. I feel very qualified to evaluate educational facilities. Having guardianship of my grandson, I was very concerned with not only academic preparation, but the all-important social development, since his interaction with peers is almost nonexistent at home. The minute I set foot in KinderCare, my gut gave me a "good" feeling. I had one more facility to visit and immediately came back and reserved a spot for him at KinderCare.
Our grandson, a reserved and somewhat shy four-and-a-half year old, was instantly made to feel comfortable. He honestly came home the first day telling us he wanted "to go back tomorrow." That was the first indication that the right decision was made. After three weeks, he was talking about the kids he was playing with and the things they were doing in class. KinderCare seemed to ignite the "spark" of excitement for school. My grandson started Kindergarten in the public school in September and he has already mastered the standards for Kindergarten for the entire year. The success our grandson is experiencing in Kindergarten already (after only a few weeks) is due, in very large part, to KinderCare's director Ms. Carol. As with any educational facility it is only as effective as its educational leader. Ms. Carol makes it her duty to keep current with state and national standards. She is diligent in making sure her program mirrors the rigorous demands as expected from the Department of Education. She goes about placing the most qualified available teachers on her faculty. Her involvement in the classroom does NOT stop there. She is a very hands-on director. It is great to see her "get her hands dirty" along with the teachers and students. Everyone at KinderCare welcomes and encourages parents to be involved. Ms. Carol and her staff communicate what is being done in the classroom so parents can be on the same page and provide the best reinforcement for their students.
About three months after starting KinderCare, there was a family miscommunication and our grandson was not picked up for an hour after his usual time. Ms. Carol called and was truly more upset that something may have happened to us rather than being late to pick up our grandson. As our grandson began his second semester, Ms. Carol talked with us about having him start a Phonics program. Through their observations and assessments, and our input, it was determined to have our grandson start about the mid-semester. Our grandson flourished. The proof is already being demonstrated these first two weeks of Kindergarten. Again, this illustrates the "best interests of the child" are KinderCare's top priority.
It was difficult to leave KinderCare. We were made to feel and treated as family. Although saddened to leave, we embark on new educational frontiers confident our grandson has the very best foundation established. I'm sure there are other child care facilities available that could provide as good a level of care as KinderCare, but I am convinced no other facility could top the level of a care provided by Carol Dominguez and her facility.

- Grandfather
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