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San Carlos KinderCare

Ms. Jessica Paredes, Center Director

7007 Golfcrest Dr. San Diego CA 92119
(619) 461-5771 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Special Instructions:
3 miles from San Diego State University at Navajo & Golfcrest Dr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We will be dropping off and picking up from Dailard, Marvin, and Gage Elementary schools starting on September 3rd.

Thank you for visiting our webpage. Here at San Carlos KinderCare we strive to help our children grow and develop in every aspect of learning. Our program is designed to prepare your little one for the Common Core standards of public school. We love to include our parents in on our daily routines and special events. Stop on by for a tour and see how you can begin your child journey towards education.

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Welcome

San Carlos KinderCare is situated just across from Cowles Mountain near the beautiful Mission Trails park. The center is large facility with a generous amount of outdoor playspace. Children from six weeks to twelve years buzz with excitement as they enter the building and look forward to another day of learning. The environment is friendly and inviting as children, parents and staff interact with one another. We look forward to meeting your family and welcoming you and your child.

Ms. Jessica Paredes, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

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?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The staff at San Carlos KinderCare is a great a team. Children are number one to the team. The teams of teachers work together to make sure all children are safe, happy and excited to be at school. All of our teachers have a vast background in early childhood development. Our goal is to help children grow and find themselves through education. Please come visit and see how we can make you smile about your child’s education today.

  • Ms. Jessica Paredes

    Ms. Jessica Paredes, Center Director

    Jessica has been with KinderCare Since 2010 and loves her job. She enjoys walking in to the smiling faces everyday. Jessica came to KinderCare with the passion to help develop children’s full potential by helping to educate them through interactions, socialization and a child initiated curriculum. She has one child of her own. Her daughter, Amiah, age 5, is her pride and joy and makes her realize how lucky she is to impact children everyday. She is a great leader and loves to make sure the parents are comfortable and happy at all times.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Tammy Harmon

    Tammy Harmon, Assistant Director

    I am Ms. Tammy and I am the assistant Director here at San Carlos Kindercare. I have been in the early childhood field for over 25 years and I have learned so much. I enjoy seeing each child’s personality come to life each day. I have a passion for this career and I learn new things each day. I am here to help your child through their educational adventure and help make this the best experience your child can have.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Linda Bloom

    Ms. Linda Bloom, Program Specialist

    My name is Linda Bloom I am currently the enrollment specialist here at San Carlos KinderCare. I have been teaching for 20+ years. I have worked in all areas of child care from infants to School age. I have also had experience working with child with special needs and helping create an environment which allows all children to learn and discover. I also have 2 teenage children of my own and I love to take my own children on special trips and for special events.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
  • Ms. Keni

    Ms. Keni, Program Specialist

    I am Ms. Keni and I have a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development. I am currently a part of the Management team here at KinderCare. I focused on the study of social emotional development as the underlying foundation for all other areas of development including physical, cognitive, motor and language. I am here to support your family and make sure you can come to me for any questions or concerns. I promise to get you an answer or solution as soon as possible. 
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Carissa

    Ms. Carissa, Infant Classroom

    My name is Carissa and I have worked with children for about 3 years. I love working with the infants and toddlers to watch them learn and discover in their first years of life. I also baby sat for 3 years and created a unique bond with each child. Becoming a part of KinderCare has allowed me to grow and extend my love and bonding to many more children.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Cathie

    Ms. Cathie, Infant Classroom

    I am Cathie Howard and I am the mobile infant teacher of our center, where I have been teaching the past 10 years. My career in teaching began 28 years ago when I decided this was my passion. I love children and being able to witness their innocent moments, watching their joy when they succeed or discover something new. My classroom is a place of warmth and exploration. I allow children to be themselves and learn at their own pace; making sure their individualism is showcased. I look forward to working with your families in the very near future.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Toddler Classroom

    My name is Brittany and I have been with KinderCare a little over a year. I love being able to help children grow and learn. I love coming to work and seeing their smiling faces each and everyday. I am currently working on my AA in general education and eventually graduate with bachelors in Child Development.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    My name is Ms. Laura and I have had an interest in early childhood education since high school. I have had the opportunity to work at various schools with a variety of different philosophies.  I have 2 kids of my own and they are my world. Working with children has been the most rewarding experience and I look forward to many more years to come.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Bree C.

    Ms. Bree C., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am Bree C. and I have been working with children for over 6 years. I create a fun loving environment for all the students. I have the opportunity to visit in all the classrooms so I am able to make lots of great bonds throughout the center. I love coming into work and seeing all the smiling faces. I hope to meet your child and make a special connection.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I am Miss Liz and I am the Discovery Preschool team here at KinderCare San Carlos.  I have worked in the field of Child Development since 2000.  In my teen years I helped in my family’s home child care and loved watching the growth and wonder of each child in our care and I knew this was my passion. Because I feel we run a high quality center, my seven year old son attends our center when he is not in school. It is a joy to share this experience with not only my own child but your children as well.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Ivory

    Ms. Ivory, Preschool Classroom

    My name is Miss Ivory and I am one of our center’s Preschool teachers. I have worked in the field of Child Development since 2007. My favorite part of being a teacher is watching children learn new things and helping them to develop new skills. I feel that I create a place to explore and develop independence in my classroom. I look forward to exploring with your children.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Preschool Classroom

    My Name is Ms. Lisa Thompson and I am so happy to join this journey of teaching your children. My goal is to meet your child’s needs and make school a happy fun learning environment. I have been teaching children for over ten years. I have 2 children of my own and a 3 year old grandson and I love bringing the things I learn home to utilize with my grandson. I look forward to meeting your child’s needs and making this a great environment.  
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool Classroom

    I am Ms. Melissa and I currently teach in our preschool program with Ms. Ivory. I am currently attending the University of Phoenix studying Child psychology. I started working with children in 2010 in Lakeside at the school district then slowly moved to a home daycare in 2012 where I spent 2 years. I love the enjoyment seen on the child’s face every time we do an activity and they learn and discover new things.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Merlisa

    Ms. Merlisa, Preschool Classroom

    My name is Merlisa. I was born and raised in San Diego. I have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in art and am currently working on my Associates Degree in Child Development. I have worked in child care for about two years at a NAEYC accredited facility. I started as a volunteer and went from Administrative Assistant to float teacher to Toddler Teacher during that short period of time. In my free time I like to go on hikes or to the beach with my dogs, Kaia (Doberman Pincher) and Nala (Australian/German Shepherd), and my boyfriend. I also enjoy traveling and meeting new people. I’m excited to be a part of the San Carlos KinderCare Team!
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Monica

    Ms. Monica, Preschool Classroom

    I am Miss Monica and I am part of our Pre-Kindergarten team with my teaching partner Miss Julie. I chose to pursue my education in child development because I love spending time with children.  I have been lucky enough to be able to help my parents in raising my younger siblings as there is a large age gap between us. Growing up with younger children around all the time gave me a great appreciation for their creativity and imagination. This is an area I love to nurture in my students. I look forward to helping your children grow and development their minds.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gloria

    Ms. Gloria, Prekindergarten

    Salutations!
    My name is Gloria Ocampo. I was born in Chicago, Illinois but lived most of my life in San Diego. I have an Associates Degree in Child Development and am currently working on getting my Bachelors Degree. I have worked for the San Diego School District for over six years in the Child Development State Preschool setting.  I am the proud mother of two wonderful boys, ages ten and seven.  My hobbies are coaching soccer for my sons’ team, hiking and enjoying time out with family and friends.  I hope to help your children reach their full potential.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Welcome!
    I am Miss Julie and I teach Pre-Kindergarten at our center.  I bring 25 years of experience in the field of child development to my students, 19 of which have been here at our center. I also bring a lifetime of music experience to the classroom.  Singing on a daily basis helps children gain confidence, fosters imagination and helps them to excel academically. It would be my pleasure to share my experience and knowledge with your families.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 Years
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, School Age

    My name is Jennifer and I currently work in the school age program. I am currently working toward my degree in Child Development. I enjoy working with children because they teach me something new everyday. I enjoy all ages and am grateful to meet children in every room.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jasmine

    Ms. Jasmine, School Age Classroom

    My name is Jasmine and I’ve been born and raised in San Diego. I have had the opportunity to travel and venture through Europe this has given a chance to see different experiences and learn new stories. My career has been primarily focused on teaching before and after school programs. I love this profession and plan to open up my own program one day. 
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Support Teacher

    My name is Ms. Shirley and I am excited to be a part of the KinderCare team. I have 17 years of early childhood education experience. It makes me happy to see children grown up when they have received proper care and nurturing. I have been a foster parent and it was a very rewarding part of my life. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Support Teacher

    The most important gift we can give our children is time

    My name is Ms. Tabitha I have been teaching Sunday school for 6 years. I attended Grossmont and Cuyamaca College and am currently furthering my education in child development. I have a four year old daughter and I am a very protective mother who understands the importance of quality care. I am caring and nurturing and I love to get to know each child individually and watch them grow.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Mr. Bryson

    Mr. Bryson, Cook

    Hello my name is Mr. Bryson I have been with KinderCare as the cook for 5 years. I enjoy making healthy meals for the children and giving them fun and tasty recipes each day. I also have a son who is 2 years old and loves coming to the center each day. I enjoy getting pictures from the children when they love the meal I made for them that day.
     

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas 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

  • 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

Here at San Carlos KinderCare the Health and Safety of the children is of utmost importance. We have guidelines in place to ensure that we provide a safe and clean environment; from Child Supervision Records to our Clean Concepts program our teachers have all the necessary training and tools to keep the children in their care safe. Our menu options are not only delicious, but also adhere to guidelines for child nutrition. We are happy to guide parents toward resources on health and safety, many of which can be seen prominently displayed on the health and safety board located in our lobby.

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 have been so pleased with my experience with KinderCare San Carlos. Not only do they take excellent care of my little one, but they are so pleasant to deal with. The teachers are fantastic and the curriculum ensures that my little one meets the milestones she is supposed to meet, on or before she is supposed to meet them. While my little one has not always been the easiest infant in their room, the teachers never fail to amaze me with their kindness and commitment to her growth.

- Mother

Finding the perfect home away from home for my twin toddlers was a daunting task. While interviewing various preschools for my twins who were almost 33 months old, we met with the center’s director, Jessica. I felt she was very attuned to what goals and necessities we desired enrolling our children part time. I wanted an environment that was clean, safe, nurturing and, most importantly, fun for my daughters. I had noticed that my daughters were speaking a bit, but not as much as most children their age, and had little to no interest in using the potty. I also noticed during group classes my daughters tended to struggle more than other children when trying to follow directions and would shy away from other kids choosing to only interact with each other.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With in the first few weeks, my daughters were showing signs of being ready to use the potty and within the first seven weeks almost fully potty trained. We now only use diapers at night! My daughters are interacting more with others, making new friends and following directions with more fortitude. The most remarkable change is their communication; even my family and friends have commented on how much their speaking and vocabulary has progressed. My daughters are asking to go to school now and are excited to see their classmates and teachers Vanessa and Erin. They are even becoming more exploratory with their food!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The level of personal interaction from all the staff members has been above and beyond reproach. Both Jessica and Sara, always take a moment for a quick chat to make sure everything is going well or to let me know of any upcoming events. The teacher’s aides are wonderful; they are just as involved with my daughters as the rest of the faculty. Communication is a key component here, the staff is very conscious of keeping the parents informed. Vanessa and Erin are always willing to answer any questions or concerns I may have regarding my daughters. They are also one of the first to celebrate and congratulate my daughters on a new accomplishment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With KinderCare at San Carlos they have three essential ingredients; staff members who truly care for my little ones, have a strong foundation and understanding of what our little ones emotional needs and perceptions are, as well as a desire to see our children reach their potential. My daughters love their time that they get to spend with the friends and teachers at San Carlos KinderCare. I would strongly recommend that you visit and see for yourself.

- Mother

Hi Jessica,
We are truly thankful for all the teachers at KinderCare It’s not the facility that makes this place it’s all the teachers that poor their heart and soul into each and every child.&nbsp; KinderCare is not just a childcare facility, it’s a home.
When David was in Kindergarten he was attending another childcare facility which will rename nameless. I would do the same thing and drop him off in the morning and they would pick him up afterschool. He had attended preschool at this facility. It had been a great place and David really liked everyone. One morning my husband decided to take David to school. One of the other parents who also took her daughter to the same place and was in his class. She told him that the day before the school driver went to Walgreen’s and the bank after picking the kids up.&nbsp; This driver did not bring the children with him but left them in the car with the windows rolled up and the doors locked. We had a heat wave at this time. My husband told me about this on his way home and to call the mother to discuss. I did and we both pulled our children out.&nbsp; That broke my trust and was the hardest thing to go through specially since being a mom and having to work, it kills us for not being there for our children.
I was very nervous bring him to KinderCare and David doesn’t like new places and can be very shy.&nbsp; I can’t say anything bad about KinderCare from day one you all have made us feel like one of the family.&nbsp; You care for our children as much all of us moms and dads. I can’t thank you all enough for making us feel at ease being at working knowing our children are well taken care of when we are not with them.
David has grown so much and just loves Miss Julie, Miss Cindy, Miss Kelly and Miss Linda. He talks about you all! So many days he looks at me as I arrive to pick him up and says “Really your already here, can I play longer”. He fills safe, loved and happy, what else could a parent ask for.
Thank you to each and every one of you, we appreciate all you do for our children.

- Mother
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