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Mission Viejo KinderCare

Katie Hilbert, Center Director

26912 Estanciero Dr. Mission Viejo CA 92691
(949) 830-7660 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
Between Oso & La Paz on Marguerite Pkwy

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our School Age program (5 to 12 years old) currently has opening for the 2015 new year! We will be offering drop off and pick up services to local schools in the Mission Viejo area. Affordable and flexible rates! Call or stop by to get more information. We pick up at local school in the Mission Viejo Area: Saddleback Valley District: - Montevideo Elementary -De Portola Elementary Capistrano School District: - Reilly Elementary - Linda Vista Elementary * Inquire about your child's school if not listed above.

School Age Program Enrolling Now!

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Here at Mission Viejo 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 learning through play with a developmentally appropriate curriculum and strongly qualified teachers. Developing the whole child and fostering a sense of community and belonging. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning! We would love for your family to become part of ours. I am always here for you!

Katie Hilbert, 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.

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.

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


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.

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

Here at Mission Viejo KinderCare we have created a family like atmosphere with teachers who are leaders in the field and a combined total of 97 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. We believe our teachers are the front line and quality of care is what matters most.

  • Katie Hilbert

    Katie Hilbert, Center Director

    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - W.B. Yeats

    Lisa-Marie has been working with KinderCare centers in California for over seven years. She has worked her way from being a Discovery Preschool Two's teacher to becoming an Assistant Director and recently promoted to Center Director. She has studied Child Development and is currently working to finish her Site Supervisor Permit through the state of California. Lisa-Marie has a daughter, Riley, who has also grown up with KinderCare and is now attending a local Kindergarten. They now reside in the Mission Viejo area.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant and Toddler Classrooms

    I love working with young children. It is fun and rewarding in so many ways, watching their curiosity is contagious! I believe the best way for children to learn is hands on!

    Ms. Amy has worked for KinderCare for over nine years, and she loves being with her infants and toddlers everyday. She loves to watch them growth and explore new and different things. She enjoys bringing in materials for the children to touch, smell, and explore to foster a sense of self expression.

    Previous Experience:
    Before finding a passion for teaching infants and toddlers, Ms. Amy worked as a before-and-after-school counselor for elementary school children. When all of her five children were out of the infant/ toddler stage she realized she missed it and decided to get into teaching younger children.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
  • Ms. Jo, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and learn, while building a close relationship with them and their families.

    The Discovery Preschool class is a unique and fun room. Ms. Jo is teaching self help skills along with potty traing. There is never a dull moment in her classroom. She enjoys bringing in new textures and fun props to make the lessons full of enhancment and experience! 

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Silvia, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and having a hand in the formation of their bright future.

    Ms. Silvia has early childhood education units from Saddleback Community college. She has been working with children for 15 years and loves working with them and seeing their smiling faces each day. Ms. Silvia likes to be a part of the different adventures that come about each day. She is so passionate about the children and is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of so many different age groups.

    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Candace, Prekindergarten Classroom

    We always wonder what a small child is going to become, yet they are already something.

    Ms. Candace has been in the Early Childhood Education Field for close to 30 years. Her favorite age group is Prekindergarten because they're so curious and very smart. She enjoys coming up with new and different ways of learning basic and traditional academics. She teaches each and every child to be independent and helps them to gain enough self-confidence to not only conquer the next step but to conquer the world!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Candace has worked with preschool-aged children for almost 30 years, and most of her experience was as a Prekindergarten teacher for 23 years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lola

    Ms. Lola, Kindergarten Classroom

    As a Kindergarten teacher I love to see a child's expression as they learn to read. My goal is to prepare them with the skills they need to get them ready for the next academic milestone.

    When Ms. Lola completed her Bachelor's Degree at UCI she did her student teaching at Cal State Fullerton and completed her Montessori preschool training. Ms. Lola worked as a preschool and Kindergarten teacher there until she moved to KinderCare. She has been working here for 22 years and has enjoyed many unforgettable moments working with young children. As a Kindergarten teacher she loves to see a child's expression as they learn to read. Her goal is to prepare them with the skills they need to get them ready for the next academic milestone.

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Bilingual Education

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • 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

Parents are provided with a code for the keypad entry for safety of our children. Each age group enjoys their own playground that is age specific and conducive to the growth of each age groups large motor skills. All staff completes a monthly health and safety training and checklist.

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.

We have nothing but the very best to say about Mission Viejo KinderCare. Our son truly loves the teachers he has had since being here, like Ms. Amy when he was a baby to Ms. Jo, Ms. Silvia, and Ms. Bailey now that he is a toddler. He has learned so much and is always happy to go to school. We have no worries when we drop him off because we know he is safe, happy, and loved.

- Parents

We are so comfortable with Shannon, and I think she's been doing an excellent job in the new position. Shannon, Ms. Jo, Ms. Lisa all have such good humanity, and I feel like it's family when I get my son each day. My son loves it there and way more than his preschool he attends through district before he arrives. Please let the staff know how pleased and appreciative we are to have them all! We love all our girls! Keep up the good work..

- Mother

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