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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 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.

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.

Swimming: We have a pool on-site! Offered during the Summer for ages 3 and up! Must be potty trained.

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

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

    Jennifer Barney, Center Director

    Ms. Jen loves being a Center Director because she gets an opportunity to get to know all the families and build relationships with them.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Studied Liberal Arts at the University of Montana, completed Child Development courses at Santa Rosa Junior College and Mendocino College
  • Ms. Rona

    Ms. Rona, Assistant Director

    Ms. Rona loves making a difference in people's lives. Knowing that there are families who trust us with their children is a huge honor and privilege. Every child deserves a happy, safe, and memorable childhood, and she is so happy to be a part of that!

    Ms. Rona likes learning about her family tree. On her mother's side her ancestry begins in Germany with Ms. Rona's great-great-grandfather, who married a local Ceylon Princesss (Sri Lanka). Her Grandfather was half Thai and married her Grandmother who is also Thai.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rona worked for KinderCare's sister brand, CCLC, since April 2013, and transferred to KinderCare in November 2015.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education Administration and California Site Supervisor Permit for Child Development
  • Ms. Shaun

    Ms. Shaun, Program Specialist

    Ms. Shaun loves the work she does because watching each infant hit milestones in their development is an amazing thing to experience. Knowing that the things she does each day are helping them grow, makes her more than excited to come to work each day.

    Ms. Shaun was a dancer for 10 years as a child. When she was little, she would become her grandparents' teacher. She would make them do homework assignments and teach them lessons.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Amy enjoys seeing the babies grow and learn everyday. Knowing she's a part of their helathy development is very rewarding for her; they bring her so much joy! Ms. Amy also enjoys baking cakes.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    24 Child Development Units
  • Ms. Darla

    Ms. Darla, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Darla truly enjoys her job. She feels that working with toddlers is the most rewarding. This is where so much development and growth is seen. She also loves photography.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Over 40 Units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Isabella

    Ms. Isabella, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Isabella graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2015 and is currently enrolled at Palomar College. She loves her classroom because seeing the smiles on the kids' faces and hearing their laughs make her days brighter.

    She also loves to sing, and sings with a choir at her church. She loves to spend time with her friends and family.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    High School Diploma
  • Mr. Jason

    Mr. Jason, Toddler Classroom

    Mr. Jason loves working with toddlers, coming into the classroom everyday brings a smile to his face! He has volunteered with severely handicapped kids for over ten years now. He also loves to paint and draw!

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    12 Child Development Units from Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Toddler Classroom & Learning Adventures

    Ms. Denise loves the work she does because watching the children grow and develop and learn new things in your care is amazing! She has 11 nieces and nephews. The oldest is 24 and the youngest is three.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    AA degree in Administration of Justice with specialty in Law Enforcement. BA degree in Sociology with emphasis in Criminology. 18 Units in Childhood Development
  • Ms. Starr

    Ms. Starr, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Starr loves the Discovery Preschool classroom because she loves being a part of helping the children she works with grow and learn everyday!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Child Development Units
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Tanya worked at KinderCare from 2009-2012 and returned in July of 2015. Since she was young, she has known that she wanted to work with children or become a police officer. She was a surrogate mother, which was the most rewarding thing she has done with her life.

    Ms. Tanya believes that children are the furture, and the most rewarding thing we can do is care for a child. We are shaping the young minds of the future, and there is nothing more important than the work us teachers do. That's why she loves it!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Associate's Degree in Child Development, Master Teacher Permit, work-study with special needs students
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    It brings Ms. Lisa joy and happiness to see the kids growing and learning. Ms. Lisa loves the outdoors and nature hiking. She loves to travel around the world, and loves cooking. She is proud to be a mom of four boys.

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Master Teacher Permit in Child Development and Associate Teacher Certificate
  • Mr. Sean

    Mr. Sean, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Sean has been a Swim Coach for over 10 years for both boys and girls, ages six to over 18 years of age. He loves developing a plan to help develop a child's physical and mental abilities. He finds it extremely exciting to watch an individual reach their utmost potential.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, working on Bachelor Degree in Education towards Multiple Subject Credentials
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Nutrition Specialist

    Ms. Veronica loves her connections that she makes with the families that are a part of the center! She aslo has four of her own babies!

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    18 Units in Child Development

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

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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