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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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our School Age program (6 to 12 years old) currently has opening for the 2017/2018 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 and Capo Vally District. Inquire about your child's school.

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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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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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
  • Christina Hanvey

    Christina Hanvey, Assistant Director

  • 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:
    14 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:
    4 Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Silvia

    Ms. Silvia, Floater

    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:
    4 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:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Bilingual 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

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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