Mary Rolfes, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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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