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Rancho Bernardo KinderCare

Mary Rolfes, Center Director

11290 Paseo Montanoso San Diego CA 92127
(858) 672-1200 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Turtleback Elmentary & Westwood Elementary

We have been NAEYC accredited since 1996. We take great pride in our staff for maintaining such high standards. NAEYC stands for National Association for the Education of Young Children and means that we have undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study and improvement.


Welcome to the Rancho Bernardo KinderCare! We would love to meet you and your family, and introduce you to our loving and knowledgeable staff. We have a well rounded curriculum here and we are confident that after touring our school you will feel the same. We believe in developing your child as a whole, which is why our curriculum entails social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Here at the Rancho Bernardo KinderCare we hope to be an extension of your family and that we are given the opportunity to help your child learn and grow. We believe that our Preschool is a home away from home and strive to have you feel that your child is safe and happy in our care.

Mary Rolfes, 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.

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.

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

We strive to partner with families so the children can benefit from having a Preschool atmosphere as personal, loving and safe as their homes. With eighteen members and over two hundred years of combined childcare experience, we have the knowledge to handle all kinds of situations. The staff prides itself on providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for children and their family members.

  • Mary Rolfes

    Mary Rolfes, Center Director

    I love making long-lasting relationships with families and having the opportunity to watch the children learn and grow. I enjoy how eager children can be to learn new things.

    Mary has worked with children for the last 26 years. She has been in a management position for the last 17 years. She has been the director at the Rancho Bernardo center for the last 14 years and it is a home away from home for her. That is why she takes great pride in her staff and center. Mary strives to maintain quality care for the families, as well as form lasting relationships with families.

    Previous Experience:
    Mary has worked as a teacher with a variety of ages and as an Assistant Director. Mary has been the Director here for fourteen years and has been with KinderCare for 25 years.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Rashelle Cultrera

    Rashelle Cultrera, Assistant Director

    I am happy coming to work each day because of our wonderful staff and the loving children. It is a joy being given the opportunity by families to oversee that their children are safe and thriving in our care. We would love to see you soon!

    Rashelle has experience with KinderCare working as a Toddler teacher, two-year-old teacher, Program Specialist and an Assistant Director. She worked with children since 2006 and has experience as a teacher, nanny and camp counselor. Rashelle transferred from the Del Mar center after giving birth to her daughter, Anabella. She enjoys being a part of running the center and having the opportunity to support staff, connect with children and form relationships with families.

    Previous Experience:
    Rashelle spent the last nine years working in a variety of settings with children. She was a nanny, a camp counselor, a Toddler and two-year-old teacher and an Assistant Director at the Del Mar KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    18 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Rona

    Ms. Rona, Infant Classroom

    I love to interact with the babies! I enjoy reading and singing to them. Please come in!

    Ms. Rona has been working with Infants and Toddlers since 1999. She has been at our center in the Infant room since 2008 and is very nurturing and loving with the babies. Ms. Rona received her Early Childhood Education units from Palomar College and she hopes to pursue her Associate's Degree in the near future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rona worked at the Rancho Pennasquitos KinderCare from 1999-2007 in the Infant and Toddler classrooms.
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    30 Early Childhood Development Units
  • Ms. Shanna

    Ms. Shanna, Infant Classroom

    I love to see children grow and reach personal and growth milestones. I also love knowing that I make a difference in their lives.

    Ms. Shanna has always loved working with children. Even as a child she liked to play the mother/teacher role. She grew up with the Girl Scouts as a major influence, which inspired her to be a counselor with them. Ms. Shanna is a wonderful and caring teacher who bonds quickly with babies.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Shanna was involved with Girl Scouts, was a photographer for the Safari Park and was a clown for birthday parties.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    19 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Shannon

    Ms. Shannon, Support Staff

    The present is so precious, so take care of it by making each day count and learn something from it.

    Ms. Shannon started with KinderCare as a cook, but soon realized that her desire was to work with young children. She is creative and enjoys coming up with games to play with the Toddlers in her classroom. Ms. Shannon comes from a large family and therefore has a range of experience with children. She finds working with the Toddler age children to be her passion and the children absolutely love her!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining the Toddler Classroom, Ms. Shannon was a nanny, a sales associate and KinderCare cook.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Marisol

    Ms. Marisol, Toddler Classroom

    I love to be a part of a child's growth; watching how eager they are to learn. The excitement and laughter they share with me brightens my day.

    Ms. Marisol was a Toddler teacher at the Eastlake KinderCare center before moving here. She transferred here in September of 2012 and is a wonderful addition! Ms. Marisol is very welcoming with all families and loving towards children in any class. She loves to do fun art projects with the Toddlers in her class. She is also known for her animated puppet shows that the children enjoy so much.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marisol has worked with a variety of agre groups. She has taught Kindergarten, Prekindergarten, Infants and Toddlers. She transferred here from the Eastlake KinderCare when she moved.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    21 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Marlena

    Ms. Marlena, Preschool Classroom

    I love being around children! I feel that making a child smile, teaching new and exciting things and talking with our wonderful parents are what make this job so rewarding.

    Ms. Marlena is known around the center for her bubbly personality and her warm and welcoming approach. Having 28 years experience with children and parents has given her great joy. Her high level of energy is contagious and families love her positive interaction with them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marlena ran a licensed daycare for sixteen years and has worked in the school district for sometime until she became a Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    12 Early Childhood Education Units, 380 Hours of In-class Training
  • Ms. Janelle

    Ms. Janelle, Support Staff

    What I enjoy most about working with children is not just teaching them but seeing the end results. I love to watch each child learn and grow in their own way.

    Ms. Janelle brings her positive and upbeat energy into the classrooms. She enjoys teaching the children new things and experimenting along with them. Ms. Janelle is a very patient and understanding person, so the children love to learn with her!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janelle was a Preschool substitute teacher and worked at a home child care Preschool prior to joining our center.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science
  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working as a Prekindergarten teacher at KinderCare because the children and families I serve are wonderful. The love and support I feel every day makes it a joy to go to work. I also love relationships I build with the children and how they can make me laugh!

    Ms. Holly attended the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined the KinderCare family in 2007 and we are lucky to have her. Children in her Prekindergarten class experience a well-rounded curriculum in an environment that is nurturing and academically balanced.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Holly worked as a Kindergarten Instructional Aide.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I teach because I care. I thrive on the learning abilities of our young students as they begin their educational years.

    Ms. Maria has been a Prekindergarten teacher with our KinderCare center for eight years. She has the patience and nurturing abilities, along with her educational background, to bring a joy of learning to the students. Her ability to read a story to her students and bring it to life has brought enthusiasm for reading and writing to all of our students who have passed through her classroom door.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maria has experience both as an Assistant Director and Director. She also supervised an Infant classroom for a Head Start center. She brings all this extensive experience to our Prekindergarten classroom!
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    40 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, 64 Units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Jeni

    Ms. Jeni, School Age and Learning Adventures Classrooms

    I love my job because of the children and families. The children help to put a smile on my face everyday. I am passionate about laughing, playing and teaching children. I feel that I learn something new along with the children each day. The teachers, parents and children are part of my family! I am truly blessed to have found such a wonderful company to be apart of.

    Ms. Jeni began teaching while in high school, she joined the KinderCare Education family through Children's World in 1991. She enjoys the time with all of the families that have passed through her classroom doors. Ms. Jeni is a compassionate teacher who has worked with a variety of age groups. She is the teacher for our Learning Adventure programs which includes Cooking, Phonics and Music.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jeni started with Children's World in 1991. She has worked with children of all ages and has also been an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Psychology

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • 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

Your child's safety is our number one priority. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced, locked and alarmed as well. In addition the front door of the building has a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. Otherwise there is a door bell available to visitors who will be greeted by a staff member. Here at the Rancho Bernardo KinderCare we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. Maria's role includes conducting regular fire and earthquake drills, updating and training staff on health policies and procedures, as well as maintaining high cleanliness standards.

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 can't even began to tell you what it means to us, knowing that Ryan is in such good hands. We've never been happier than we are at this center. We look forward to many, many years together!

- Mother

My daughter is 15 months and I feel like she is very loved and cared for by all the staff at KinderCare. The infant teachers are very attentive and personal. It is a great comfort knowing that she is loved and that she loves them. It can be very hard leaving your child in other people's care, but seeing the interactions between my daughter and her teachers make it a lot easier. I'm very grateful to have found such quality!

- Father

This morning our five year old son, Bailey was reading to us. An hour or so later, Toby (seven years old, former student) said to me, 'I think KinderCare gives more advanced techniques for kids who are younger. They know more than they are supposed to. It's a really good preschool.'

- Mother

One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to leave your baby each day in the care of others when you have to work. However, the love that my son receives from each employee makes it much easier. I rest easy each and every day knowing that Ryder is being so well taken care of. Our 6 year old daughter Sophie also attends the After-School program. It makes my heart happy knowing that Sophie gets to spend time each day in such a loving, safe and educational environment that helps her thrive.

- Parents

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