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Canyon Crest KinderCare

Brandie Rubalcaba, Center Director

5445 Canyon Crest Dr. Riverside CA 92507
(951) 683-1626 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
Across from Canyon Crest Towne Center Corner of Canyon Crest Drive and Central Ave.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
No before and after school care, unless Kindergarten (you must provide your own transportation)

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We are very excited to have you join our KinderCare family. My staff is always here for you and want you and your family to feel right at home. We take pride in your child's education. At this young age children make new discoveries daily. We would love to have you come and visit; meet our friendly staff. Feel free to share any questions comments or feedback anytime. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your family and such an important part of your child's everyday discoveries.

Brandie Rubalcaba, 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.

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.


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. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to our center. We pride ourselves on being one happy family. Whether you are here to visit for a tour or a long term family you are always welcome with open arms. We have a open door policy feel free to visit at any time. We are always here to answer questions, discuss concerns and help you with your child's educational and developmental needs-at any time.All of our teachers go through the same hiring process to ensure their dedication and passion.

  • Brandie Rubalcaba, Center Director

    I love to see the smile on a child's face when they are learning and discovering new things

    Brandie has been with KinderCare Education since 2004. She has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Brandie started as a bookkeeper at the Riverside Center, which was then called Mulberry Child Care, and Preschool. Being in the environment of early learners, she immediately knew where she wanted to be. Brandie was promoted to Assistant Director after three years at the center. In 2008, she was promoted to Center Director and transferred to Canyon Crest KinderCare. Brandie takes so much pride in the center. She is happy to be a part of your child's education.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Michelle Duncan, Assistant Director

    There's no other job where you are greeted each day with hugs, love and the genuine gratitude you receive from children and their families. I'm passionate and firmly believe in educating and nurturing young children.

    Michelle has been with KinderCare Education since 2001 and has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a teacher in the Discovery Preschool, Preschool, and Kindergarten classrooms. Michelle also taught Learning Adventure programs such as Phonics, Reading, Math, Spanish, Music and Cooking. She is now the Assistant Director and is thankful for the experiences she has had as a teacher.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Dorie, Cook

    I genuinely care about every child the classrooms. Say good morning and have a nice day.

    I like working and communicating with the children. They are fun to be with and they make me laugh.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    early childhood units
  • Ms. Alicia, Discovery Preschool

    If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. -Maya Angelou

    I like to be surrounded with friends and family and I enjoy the beach. I also love reading, scrap booking and photography.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelors in Education/seeking teachers permit
  • Ms. Cindy, Discovery Preschool

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi

    I like to go to the movies, go swimming, and hang out with my friends. I also enjoy volunteering at my church.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    early childhood units
  • Ms. Jennifer, Floater

    I have been working on and off with kids my whole life. I started working at a Headstart in 2013, then moved to Riverside with my two boys. I enjoy cooking, baking, sewing, and going out with my boys and enjoying the weather.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Early childhood education units
  • Ms. April, Infant

    I love seeing a child's face when they learn something new. I love when you walk in, and they greet you with hugs and enthusiasm.

    Ms. April loves spending time with friends and family. She loves doing arts and crafts, party planning and reading books. She loves reading to the children because it opens up a whole new world of wonder and excitement.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chantal, Toddler

    I love to see the looks on the child's face when they are playing and exploring.

    Ms. Chantal has been with KinderCare since 2007. She is an infant and toddler teacher, and she loves working with the little ones. She loves to watch them grow and help them develop their motor skills, while doing art work and/or playing with toys.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
  • Ms. Dewi, Floater

    I love seeing children growing and learning new things. I love getting hugs and smiles from the children everyday

    Ms. Dewi came from a very big family . When Ms. Sri was very young, her mom would take her to Kindergarten. She always had a fear of going to school. She had one teacher she will never forget. She was patient with all of the children. Her patience and kindness made Ms. Sri interested in teaching children, especially in the infant-toddler program.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Rita, Substitute Support Staff

    I love seeing the kids grow and learn everyday. I enjoy reading to the kids and seeing them use their verbal skills to express themselves everyday.

    Ms. Rita is a familiar face around our center, being a former toddler teacher. She graduated from college while employed here and is now a behavioral analyst, but continues to be a substitute for our center when needed.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and Child Development, Bachelor Degree in Communication and English Hummanities, pursuing Master's Degree in Education - Autism Specialist
  • Ms. Claudia, PreKindergarten

    I love being able to watch children master something new.

    Ms. Claudia is a returning teacher to KinderCare. She has worked with children of ages ranging from six weeks to 14 years. The greatest thing about the age Ms. Claudia works with today is they enjoy playing and asking questions about the world around them.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Maria, Kindergarten

    I love walking in each day wondering what fun adventures my class will bring to me.

    Ms. Maria is the kindergarten teacher. She enjoys teaching because she loves to see children grow and learn new things. Everyday is a new adventure in her class, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Associate of Arts Degrees in Child Development and Childhood Intervention
  • Ms. Alisha, Toddler

    I love relearning from my students, and the things I had forgotten about childhood

    When the class is gathered to go outside, they always look forward to Ms. Alisha giving them each a high-five as she counts them

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Pursuing Associates Degree In early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tia, Preschool

    I love working for an awesome boss, and watching the children grow and learn.

    Ms. Tia loves to make up her own songs during circle time. She creates fun activities for her preschool class.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Years Day                         
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
Professional Development Days Fall Columbus Day
Professional Development Day Spring President's Day


Health and Safety

The Health and Safety of your child is very important to use here at Canyon Crest. Our Health and safety Coordinator is Maria Bernal. She makes sure that we are always in compliance with all Health and Safety guidelines. All of our teachers are CPR certified in child and adult CPR and First Aide.

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 absolutely adore the staff at Canyon Crest KinderCare. My son has been attending for a year next month. He started in the Toddler class and shortly after turned 2 and was moved to the Discovery preschool program.
I am so impressed by Cindy & Alicia and how great they do with the Two's! I truly believe that a great day care center starts at the top, Brandie the director and Michelle the assistant director are amazing.
I would recommend this location to any parent that is skeptical about daycare facilities, and all family and friends.

- Mother

Attending KinderCare has been a growing and wonderful experience for Mallorie and our family. Our lives have been enriched by this learning experience that has prepared Mallorie for her school years ahead. Thank you for all you do!

- Grandmother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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