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University City KinderCare

Ms. Bibi Carpenter, 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Curie Elementary

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

We are currently enrolling for all classrooms!

AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Music and Me

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • 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.

    Angela J. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    April T. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Roxanne G. - KinderCare Parent
  • 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.

    Mary - KinderCare Parent
  • 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!

    Sarah R. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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