Ms. Natasha Charlton, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
Welcome to Scripps Ranch KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family and would love the opportunity to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We're all confident that once you visit, you'll love our educated, warm and nurturing staff. If there is anything we can do to accommodate your family's needs please don't hesitate to let us know!
Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Ms. Natasha Charlton, 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.
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.
The Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Awards identify and celebrate the “best of the best” in early childhood education. Each year, a select number of the best of the best teachers are awarded with this prestigious award. This year, Ms. LuAnn was selected as one of the best! She was awarded for the amazing things she does as a Prekindergarten teacher each day. Congratulations Ms. LuAnn!
Our mission at Scripps Ranch KinderCare is to ensure the highest quality Early Childhood Education experience for your child. You are welcome to stop by and meet our loving and experienced staff. We have staff that have been at our center for over 20 years.
Plato said, "The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future." There is nothing better than working in early childhood education and helping children learn through discovery and experimentation. The goal of any early childhood educator should be to help children develop a solid foundation so that they will be successful in their academic endeavors and become our future leaders.
Natasha recently began her career as the Center Director in Scripps Ranch. She has a BA in Business. Natasha has over 17 years of experience working with young children in both the public and private sector. She absolutely loves working with young children, and is thrilled to be a part of the KinderCare Community in Scripps Ranch.
I love helping the children discover new things and watching them grow and gain new skills!
I look forward to teaching them new and exciting things while keeping learning fun.
Ms. Sherrie is passionate about teaching. She enjoys knowing that she is helping children grow and learn. The most rewarding aspect of teaching for Ms. Sherrie is when she is able to help children achieve new milestones, so she is eager to come to work each day.
I love being a part of each child's growth and development! Knowing that I play such a role in each child's experiences, growth, development and learning proves to be the most wonderful part of teaching!
Ms. Angela has been working with children for more than eight years. She is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Hearing, Language and Speech Sciences. Ms. Angela has a true passion for helping children learn to communicate through Sign Language. It helps her to build wonderful relationships with the children and families in her care!
I love how the toddlers brighten my day with their adorable quirks, smiles giggles and hugs.
Ms. Brittany has over 25 units in child development. She has experience with infants, toddlers, and school age. She was born and raised in San Diego and loves to read, go camping, take beach trips, and barbecuing. She also loves playing with her son and horseback riding.
Ms. Cassie loves to work with children. She loves helping them learn and grow! She loves seeing the new things they come up with. It makes her feel like she is making a difference. She is excited to come to school everyday knowing she gets to shape the minds of our future generations.
Children fill a special place in my heart. Children are innocent, curious and eager to learn. I love watching them blossom with new knowledge and skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. I love teaching the future generation!
Ms. Rosalie is working towards her degree in Psychology. She loves to do arts and crafts with the children and inspire them to learn more and more each day!
I enjoy helping to instill values in the children's lives on a daily basis and watching them grow and flourish!
I know I am doing my best when I am able to bring a smile to the children's faces and I can make a difference in their life to grow and prosper.
I love watching each child learn and grow. It is the most rewarding part of my job! I hope to inspire and teach each child in a way they will never forget!
I love coming in and seeing the kids smiling faces every day. There is no better feeling than teaching a child something and watching them understand it.
Ms. Rachel has been with KinderCare since May of 2012. She has an Associate's Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and is continuing on to earn her Bachelor's Degree. She loves children and enjoys organizing projects and activities with her class.
I love being able to teach children something new every day and seeing them get excited about learning!
I love coming to work and having a super fun project for the children to do.
<strong>Congratulations Ms. LuAnn on being one of this year’s Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winners! You’re truly one of the best of the best!</strong><br /> <br /> Ms. LuAnn began as a director in 1984 and decided to go back into the classroom in 2002. She was born and raised in San Diego. She is married and the mother of four children. She has always wanted to teach ever since she was a little girl. She loves her job and enjoys watching the children learn new concepts and prepare for Kindergarten.
I love working with children and youth because I love teaching them new things. I enjoy their smiles and laughter and it is a great feeling to be a mentor.
Ms. Evelyn is a California native who studied Sociology at CSU Sacramento in order to obtain a deeper understanding of society and social structures today's youth is growing up in. She has worked as a summer camp leader with Healthy Youth for Physical Excellence (Project Hype) and spent two years working at a high school with HealthCorps, a non-profit founded by Dr. Oz, to prevent teenage obesity.
I love helping children discover new things and watching them grow and gain new skills! I love that I am able to open the world a bit to children, to expose them to new things. I love that I am responsible for helping a child learn to write his or her name; to learn about where butterflies come from and how to plant a seed! I'm inspired to come to work each day to see the excitement on a child's face when they learn something new or are successful at something for the first time. To see a 'light bulb' go on in a child's head is magical!
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.
Scripps Ranch KinderCare believes strongly in our health and safety program. Health and safety is our number one priority for not only the children, but also our staff. We provide updated health and safety information on our bulletin board located in our front hallway. There you can find information regarding our policies and the different ways we are keeping our center safe for the children. We conduct monthly fire drills, earthquake drills and disaster drills to make sure our staff and children know how to be safe during one of these emergencies. We conduct daily health checks every morning to make sure our children are ready to give 100% each and every day. We also conduct playground and school safety checks. We have a health and safety coordinator on site each and every day to complete daily inspections and observations of staff procedures. We also provide Health &amp; Safety Resources for our families, they are located in the front lobby!
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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