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Carmel Mountain KinderCare

Jennifer Barney, Center Director

12135 World Trade Dr. San Diego CA 92128
(858) 487-6444 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
Across street from Home Depot

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Highland Ranch Midland Shoal Creek

We are excited to be able to offer swim lessons for your preschooler this summer.  Once your child is enrolled at our center, you will have the option to enroll in our swim program.  We will schedule your child's swim class while they are at school.  Your child will learn to swim and you wont have the hassle of finding a swim class that fits in with your busy schedule!

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Welcome to the Carmel Mountain Ranch KinderCare where teaching is our passion and our dedicated staff work with both children and their families every day in our preschool environment that is all designed for learning. Our programs strive to develop the whole child with classrooms designed to meet the needs of every family. We want to welcome you to this center where each day is an adventure in learning and each child is the reason why we are the best! Each and every classroom reflects the NAEYC education standards and all of our Learning Adventure Programs provide a one on one learning experience for your preschooler in developmental areas such as math, phonics, music and reading. We welcome all of the families within the community and work extensively with all state and county agencies as well as the military NACCRRA program for tuition assistance opportunities. We look forward to meeting you and your family. We are confidant that once you visit, you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we are excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning. If there is anything we can do to accommodate your family's needs, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Jennifer Barney, 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.

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.

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.


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.


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. Monday December 07, 2015
    1. Baby Clothes Drive for Gently Hugged

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Carmel Mountain KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The team of teachers benefit from biannual company professional development trainings. Each and everyone one of our staff at the Carmel Mountain Ranch KinderCare have a love for learning and enjoy passing it on to the children they teach.

  • Jennifer Barney, Center Director

    Tricia started with KinderCare in February of 2004. She has experience as a teacher in all age groups as well as an Assistant Director with KinderCare. Tricia strives to create a family-like atmosphere for the families and teachers at her center. Creating a solid foundation of learning for the children in her care is one of her primary concerns. It is important to her for the children and families at her center to have a positive and rewarding early childhood educational experience. Tricia grew up in the San Diego area and has been working with children in the educational environment for the past 15 years. She looks forward to helping the children in her care realize their potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to KinderCare Tricia taught middle school for three years and one year as a Kindergarten teacher.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Liberal Studies, Minor in Sociology
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Infant Classroom

    The sound of children's laughter warms my heart.

    Ms. Veronica has worked in the Child Development field since 1989. She has worked with all ages ranging from Infancy through School Age children. She is currently working in the Infant classroom. She loves watching the babies grow and reach developmental milestones. Communication is very important to Ms. Veronica. She prides herself on having open lines of communication with the parents of the children in her classroom. She welcomes any and all questions and enjoys helping parents navigate their way through parenthood.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Veronica has worked with children ranging in age from Infancy to Prekindergarten for 17 years.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Early Childhood Education credits
  • Mr. Jason

    Mr. Jason, Toddler Classroom

    Mr. Jason has worked at KinderCare for eight years. He currently has a high school diploma and is working towards his Associate's degree. Mr. Jason always makes sure he puts a smile on all of the kids faces each day during all the activities they do throughout the day, even during clean up and transition time. He knows just how to keep the kids interested in all of their daily activities by engaging them in songs or by stomping their feet like elephants. During circle time, Mr. Jason makes animal sounds or impressions of whatever he reads to make the story more fun and exciting. At music time, Mr. Jason uses scarves, ribbons and instruments with enthusiasm and animation, while putting his whole heart into his work.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Jason was previously a volunteer assisting disabled children.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I love working with young children and providing another caring adult in their lives.

    Ms. Cheryl is the Learning Adventures teacher who specializes in teaching phonics and loves to introduce the world of cooking to young children. In her almost four years with KinderCare she has been involved with every classroom and enjoys visiting all the students while providing breaks for the staff. Cheryl is the first person many of the children see as the morning opener at 6:00 am. A married mother of three grown children, she has a Bachelor and Master of Arts Degree in English. She has taught high school and college classes as well as volunteering for ten years in an elementary school teaching writing skills. A Girl Scout leader for 20 years, soccer fan and SDSU basketball supporter, Ms. Cheryl loves her job and the wonderful people she works with at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheryl has also worked as a high school and college instructor and has volunteered in elementary schools.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English; Master's of Arts Degree in English

November 2015 Events

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  1. Monday November 09, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  2. Tuesday November 10, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  3. Wednesday November 11, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  4. Thursday November 12, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  5. Friday November 13, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  6. Saturday November 14, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  7. Sunday November 15, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  8. Monday November 16, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  9. Tuesday November 17, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  10. Wednesday November 18, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  11. Thursday November 19, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  12. Friday November 20, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  13. Saturday November 21, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  14. Sunday November 22, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

  15. Monday November 23, 2015
    1. San Diego Food Bank Food Drive

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
  • Thai

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

Your child's safety is of our utmost importance. Our center has a coded keypad entry as well as completely fenced in playgrounds. Our teachers are all CPR and First Aid certified.

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