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University City KinderCare

Bibi Jimenez, Center Director

6150 Agee St. San Diego CA 92122
(858) 453-7530 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
in the golden triangle off of Governor Dr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Spreckles, Curie, and Doyle Elementary

We are currently enrolling for all classrooms!

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Welcome

Welcome to University City KinderCare! Located conveniently off of the 805 and 52 freeways. We look forward to meeting you and your family. We not only offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5-years-old but we also drop off and pick up from Curie Elementary School, Doyle Elementary School, and Spreckels Elementary School. We are excited to show you our large classrooms, wonderful curriculum, and enrichment programs at our center. We would love to have you visit our center to meet our educated, warm, and nurturing teachers. Please do not hesitate to let us know of anything we can do to accommodate your family's needs.

Bibi Jimenez, Center Director

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Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music and Me

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at University City 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 University City KinderCare have a love for learning and enjoy passing it on to the children they teach.

  • Bibi Jimenez

    Bibi Jimenez, Center Director

    Teaching and working with children has been my desire ever since I can remember. I enjoy watching children learn and grow up into young adults. Making a difference in a child’s life is very important to me. I also enjoy working with the teachers and helping them grow professionally! It’s very rewarding to know that I’m making a impact in the lives of my students and my staff.

    Bibi attended Cal Poly Pomona for two years as a Liberal Studies Major. When she moved to San Diego, she changed her major to Child Development and is pursuing her degree. She currently has 24 Child Development units including two Administration courses. She is certified in Rescue CPR and First Aid for Adults, Children and Infants. She also attended a seminar at Community Care Licensing on California State Licensing guidelines. She thrives on helping her staff grow professionally. She looks forward to working with each and every one of you.

    Previous Experience:
    Bibi has been working with children formally since 2002. She joined the KinderCare team in 2006. She has worked with children ranging from Infants through fourth grade. She has also been an Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    1/9/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+ Years
    Education:
    24 Child Development Units
  • Ms. Katrina Greene

    Ms. Katrina Greene, Assistant Director

    I truly love being a part of the children's growth and development. These children are in child care most of their waking hours and I want to be an important part of making their environment safe, stable and nurturing.

    Katrina is excited to be a part of the University City KinderCare family. She started her Early Childhood Education journey back in 2002. Since then she has worked in various childcare programs, Elementary Schools and in Higher Education. Katrina previously taught with KinderCare as a Prekindergarten teacher back in 2007. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies and Child Development from San Diego State and a Master's Degree in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. Katrina is an enthusiast for continued education and pride herself on always learning. She ventured back to KinderCare to apply her education and experience to help children learn and grow as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Katrina taught Prekindergarten for four years, two of which were with KinderCare. She has administrative experience in a before and after school program and has worked in various child care settings.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies, Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies & Child Development, Master's of Arts Degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Matie

    Ms. Matie, Infant Classroom

    I love being with the children. I enjoy watching all of the new things they are learning. The children’s smiles and excitement inspires me to come to work.

    Year Started:
    7/18/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. JoAnn Celia

    Ms. JoAnn Celia, Support Staff

    I love that I get to experience the progression of growth and development in young children. The smiles and excited faces that greet me each day inspire me.

    Year Started:
    6/11/1991
    Tenure:
    24 Years
  • Ms. Lindsey Lourin

    Ms. Lindsey Lourin, Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow. I love seeing all of the children’s smiling faces.

    Year Started:
    10/11/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Lourin Joann

    Ms. Lourin Joann, Toddler Classroom

    I love being with the children and watching them grow. Knowing I will learn from the children inspires me.

    Year Started:
    11/19/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Candace

    Ms. Candace, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I really enjoy changing children’s lives and knowing that I had something to do with it. Seeing the children everyday and getting to know each of them inspires me to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being a part of the growth of a child. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you have made a difference in their life. They are the sole reason I love to teach. My students inspire me to come to work. Each day is a new journey with them; each different and more exciting than the last. I love coming to work not knowing what each day will bring. The children keep me on my toes and provide me with the experience and knowledge to become a better teacher every day.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the growth that children go through each day. It is amazing to watch the them figure out how the world works through exploration. I love seeing the smiles on the children’s faces each day I come to work. I love to see their excitement when they have new ideas and accomplishments.

    Year Started:
    2/4/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Daphne

    Ms. Daphne, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Daphne has been with KinderCare since March of 2012. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a focus in Developmental Psychology. She loves creating and implementing creative art projects in her classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Daphne worked at YMCA Daycare, a Before and After School Program and was a Mentor in a PAL Program.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Preschool Classroom

    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!

    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Mr. Nick Amanda

    Mr. Nick Amanda, School Age Classroom

    Seeing a child succeed gives me a sense of accomplishment. I’m inspired to come to work each day knowing the kids will make me laugh.

    Year Started:
    6/18/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Melda

    Ms. Melda, Nutrition Specialist

    I really love to cook. Knowing that my family and the children here appreciate what I cook makes me feel good. It gives me a real sense of pride! It inspires me to be cooking for our future citizens and the future of our world. I am inspired doing something that I love to do.

    Year Started:
    5/11/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years

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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

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

Our center has a keypad entry, fenced in playground, and staff who are CPR and First Aid certified. Our center also has a Health and Safety Coordinator who helps in ensuring the safety of our center and the children within. The Health and Safety Coordinator does many things such as conducting monthly Fire Drills and Emergency Drills.

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.

Our son has been at KinderCare since he was three-and-a-half years old. He is now in Kindergarten and we use KinderCare for before- and after-school care. Carter loves the site and the staff. I have been very impressed with the daily homework help. Carter is thriving.

- Parents

It is our great pleasure to write about our experience with University City KinderCare. Our daughter has been learning full-day, five days a week in the infant class since February 2012 when she was five months old. Based on the four months of experience with University City KinderCare, we highly recommend the center to those parents who are looking for a responsible, loving, and quality care provider in La Jolla/UTC areas. First of all, we are happy with KinderCare because our daughter looks happy with them. Every morning when we drop her off at the center, teachers give us friendly greetings, and my daughter smiles back to them. We regard this as a sign that she receives loving care at the center. Caring infants requires energy, patience, and skills. We believe that it can only be achieved at high levels based on love to children, and that it is what all the cares given at the center stem from. It is worth noting that since she started to come to the class she has been learning from the same teachers. This not only allows her to be familiar with and to trust the teachers, but also allows them to know her well enough to offer personalized care. Second, we like their flexibility on the curriculum. Every family and child is different, especially when a child is young. Therefore, their ability to accommodate a wide range of drop-off and pick-up times, meal plans, sleeping schedules, and so on, is invaluable. Teachers here strive to find the best solution for every child so that each child enjoys comfortable and enriching days for his/her development. They pay careful attention to our daughter, have good knowledge about child health care, and are always happy to tell us how our daughter spent her day. Because she is our first child, their suggestions as well as their openness to our requests and concerns have been particularly helpful for us. Overall, we feel that our daughter is in a safe, healthy, and joyful environment.

- Parents

Our daughter has been coming to UC KinderCare since she was 21 months old. She will be five and entering Kindergarten in September 2012. She has gone from the toddler to prekindergarten classroom. UC KinderCare has provided a safe and nurturing environment for our daughter to learn and grow both socially and independently. All of her teachers have been great educators and take extra steps to care for their students. They put in tremendous effort in helping each child explore and develop various skills. We are very happy with the education and care that UC KinderCare has provided. She is now ready for Kindergarten. We have also started our three-year-old daughter at KinderCare a year ago to join her big sister. We found the flexible schedule of UC KinderCare extremely helpful as our work schedule and other obligations change occasionally. Also, the numerous KinderCare centers throughout San Diego helps make an easier transition if we were to move to a different area in San Diego. We hope this note will help you with your decision to come join the KinderCare family.

- Parents

Now that our son is entering his final few months at KinderCare, I’d like to let you know how much he has enjoyed the programs, and how much we have appreciated the effort of all his teachers and the rest of the staff to keep him safe, happy, and stimulated over the past three years. The decision to hand over to another person or institution the responsibility of looking after your child is a major one, and one that is fraught with much anxiety. Our son started out in the toddler room, and the teachers there did an excellent job in helping him get used to saying goodbye to me in the morning. He was soon eagerly running in to play with his new friends, not minding when I left. The teachers talked to me every day about his activities and interests when I picked him up, and when I dropped him off in the morning I could tell them about any issues I wanted them to watch out for or be aware of. I really felt that although I was away at work, I was still very involved with his care and activities during the day. Our son has done so well while at KinderCare, both socially and intellectually. He has made lasting friends who he misses on the weekends when he is not in school, and he is bursting with new things to tell me that he learned during the day when I pick him up in the evening. He has been fortunate to have had some outstanding teachers who have stimulated his curiosity and creativity, especially Ms. Brittni, Ms. Erica, Ms. Gladys and Ms. Amanda. I know that he will miss his KinderCare teachers and friends when he starts Kindergarten in the fall, but I am sure that his experiences at KinderCare will enable a smooth transition to Kindergarten in the fall. He is very well prepared to face new challenges and meet new teachers and friends. I would be happy to discuss our experiences at KinderCare with any parents considering placing their children there. Thanks again for providing such a warm and stimulating environment for our son.

- Mother

Dear Prospective KinderCare Parent: I recommend KinderCare UTC without reservation! My daughter has thrived in the Prekindergarten classroom with Ms. Amanda and Ms. Gladys, and she adores the other teachers and staff too. As for results, she has just slam-dunked her Kindergarten assessment for Fall. I know with certainty that this is the result of her having been at KinderCare since last September because the trajectory she had been on would not have been so successful. I came to KinderCare as a skeptic of centers, and yet I have been thoroughly satisfied with the abundance of the very qualities I had thought I wouldn’t find: personalized, loving, thoughtful care; skilled, knowledgeable, and patient providers; an engaging, orderly yet varied and stimulating environment; and consistent peers for friendships and social skill learning. Since she was a baby, she had been in very small and good caregiver situations, but I had clung to outdated myths about larger centers and as a result, I gradually tolerated more and more aspects of her care that were less than ideal. Then, one week my caregiver situation abruptly fell apart. I am so glad that moment brought us to KinderCare UTC! I only wish we’d come sooner. Before she started last September she had been spending her days with several children significantly younger, from six months to two years younger. As a result she wasn’t being challenged by peers and was still just scribbling on paper and making the best of playing “big sister.” Within about a week after starting at KinderCare she was writing her name! She loved being with kids her own age, made friends, learned from them, and adapted to and even seemed to like the structure and the classroom, meal, bathroom, and playground routines. She seemed happier and more capable every week. She has benefited from genuinely caring relationships with her teachers—not only her classroom teachers, but also the other caregivers, teachers, and directors, all of who I have observed to be resiliently consistent with compassionate, friendly, caring approaches to the children. My daughter is a handful! She’s high energy and remarkably tenacious with pursuit of her ideas and preferences, and yet they have welcomed her and helped her to bloom into being herself, as well as acquiring and practicing many new skills for getting along, participating with peers, and communicating respectfully and effectively. I also have been grateful for the excellent, responsive center management of Director Beth Hall and Assistant Director Celida Diaz de Leon. When my daughter had a bout of naughty behavior with a friend, they heard my concern, took it seriously, and took swift action to minimize and extinguish it. Another time, staff managed to accomplish giving her doses of horrible tasting medicine (despite the flavoring) with exquisite compliance with the detailed needs like refrigeration and specific times for doses. Requests such as setting up to pay online or scheduling vacations are handled promptly. They have accommodated my daughter’s ovo-lacto vegetarianism. Plus the entire staff stages wonderful annual musical recitals, truly going above and beyond “just” providing good care. Good luck with your decision. It takes all of us in the village to raise our next generation!

- Mother

Our daughter has attended University City KinderCare since she was 15 months old. We have watched her grow and thrive under the supervision of wonderful and caring teachers. The Management staff has always been very positive and helpful if we have had concerns or questions. It is a relief to know that when I drop her off in the morning she is in a safe and nurturing environment with individuals who truly care about children.

- Mother

We have now been with KinderCare for nearly 5 months. We have been very pleased with all Carter has learned and how his class has been managed. Additionally, we have been very pleased with the meal plans, nap schedule and enrichment classes. His teacher has worked with us in encouraging Carter to eat in their family style mealtime and has had a lot of success – one of Carter’s new favorites is now veggie soup! At one point this fall, Carter decided he didn’t want to nap any more. We worked with the teacher and had excellent results – not forcing nap, but allowing quiet time. We can’t believe how much he has learned in such a short time.

- Mother

Our son Briggs has been enrolled in KinderCare since September of 2011. He loves his music class he’s enrolled in, as I hear him singing his favorite tune of the day on our ride home. He also loves to play outside with his friends, sing his ABC’s, count to 10, read stories and relay anything new taught to him, all of this due to his teachers here at KinderCare. I could name those individually and list all of the T.L.C shown to Briggs in his 9 month experience but, I would be naming everyone because the entire staff has shown care, unwavering patience and an interest in making him comfortable. For that I will be eternally grateful.

- Mother

I have been with KinderCare since Wyatt was under a year old and my experience has been wonderful. Wyatt is always happy when I pick him up and has been learning more independence and enjoying playing with the other children. Although, Wyatt only attends part time I can see the advancement in his day to day activities. The toddler room is always clean and I feel my son is in a safe environment.

- Mother
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