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Talega KinderCare

Colleen Preszler, Center Director

1141 Puerta del Sol San Clemente CA 92673
(949) 361-4860 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Our San Clemente KinderCare is nestled in the beautiful hills of Talega. With an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean our perfect setting, atop the beautiful San Clemente, is truly one of a kind.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lobo Vista Del Mar Truman Benedict and Marblehead


Talega KinderCare is a very special place.  We have a gorgeous campus and teachers eager and ready to embrace each new, exciting day.  Each day at Talega KC is filled with fun and adventure and learning.  We would love for you to come and visit us and see for yourself what we have to offer your family.  

Welcome

Welcome to Talega KinderCare, tucked back in the beautiful hills of San Clemente.  We have a gorgeous campus, with loving, patient, kind teachers whose number one priority is their students' safety and growth.  Here at KinderCare we emphasize constant learning, through every aspect of our day.  Every activity, inside the classroom and out, is an opportunity for learning.  We encourage play and exploration of different learning centers.  We foster creativity and age-appropriate educational development.  We would love for you and your family to come meet us and learn more about our programs and our center.  You could become a part of our amazing Talega KinderCare family today!

Colleen Preszler, 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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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.

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

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

With over 171 years of experience, our happy, funny, caring bunch of teachers are the best around.  We have staff with all types of amazing talents and specialties.  Together, we form the greatest team there is in San Clemente.  Not a day goes by here in beautiful Talega that we are not laughing and smiling and enjoying each other and our time with our amazing children.  

  • Colleen Preszler

    Colleen Preszler, Center Director

    I am not only the Center Director, but am also a parent here at Talega KinderCare. We have an amazing team of beautiful, creative, talented, patient, fun and loving men and women, who care deeply for my two babies and all of the children in our center.

    After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, Mrs. Colleen began her adventure here at Talega KinderCare.  In October of 2003, Mrs. Colleen was hired as an Assistant Infant Teacher.  During her ten years between the beautiful walls of Talega KC in San Clemente, Mrs. Colleen has worked in every classroom in our building.  With a Teacher of the Year Award, Best Toddler Classroom in the District Award and Employee of the Year Award, Mrs. Colleen has proven to be a important part of the success of San Clemente KinderCare.  Mrs. Colleen moved on up to Management, as Assistant Center Director in 2005, where she found a home for many years.  Now, two years into her role as Center Director, Mrs. Colleen (with her two baby girls in tow) is loving the new children, parents and staff members that make up our KC family here in Talega.   

    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Communication
  • Mrs. Colleen Preszler

    Mrs. Colleen Preszler, Assistant Director

    I am not only part of the Management Team, but am also a parent here at Talega KinderCare. We have an amazing team of beautiful, creative, talented, patient, fun and loving women, who care deeply for my four babies and all of the children in our center.

    After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, Mrs. Colleen began her adventure here at Talega KinderCare. In October of 2003, Mrs. Colleen was hired as an Assistant Infant Teacher. During her 13 years between the beautiful walls of Talega KC in San Clemente, Mrs. Colleen has worked in every classroom in our building. With a Teacher of the Year Award, Best Toddler Classroom in the District Award and Employee of the Year Award, Mrs. Colleen has proven to be a important part of the success of San Clemente KinderCare. Mrs. Colleen moved on up to Management, as Assistant Center Director in 2005, where she found a home. After four years as Center Director and now as a Management Partner,  Mrs. Colleen (with her four children in tow) is loving the new children, parents and staff members that make up our KC family here in Talega. 

    Year Started:
    9/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Comminications
  • Ms. Kristina

    Ms. Kristina, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the smiles on the children's faces when you walk in the door.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Cook

    I love being able to provide well balanced meals to the children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

Here at Talega KinderCare we put a large emphasis on Health and Safety.  With secure, keypad entry on both doors leading into our center, everyone in our building is safe and sound.  Each child enrolled must complete an enrollment packet with emergency contact information, including persons eligible to pick their child up.  We have monthly Health and Safety Staff Trainings for our teachers to ensure that they are up to date on proper procedures and updates, in order to deliver A+, safe service.  We have qualified, highly trained teachers who are also CPR and First Aid Certified, with extensive background checks completed.     

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.

My son loves all of his teachers.  The staff is super friendly and implements age-appropriate curriculum. I feel more than confident that my son will be adequately prepared for the next step in his learning, after the education he has received here at San Clemente KinderCare. 

- Mother

I have two daughters enrolled at Talega KinderCare in San Clemente. KinderCare has become like a second family to us.  The staff is happy and loving and funny and sooo wonderful to my children.  My two year old prays for her teachers at night before she goes to bed which reaffirms my delight with her care.  My 9 month old is flourishing in the infant room, she is so happy and healthy and it is obvious that her teachers genuinely love her.  We are so thrilled with our children's care and growth and look forward to many more wonderful years with KinderCare.

- Father

We are so thankful for Talega KinderCare.  My children love their teachers and they love learning because of their teachers.  We love KinderCare's emphasis on learning through play and our children now enjoy learning and completing assignments and milestones.

- Mother
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