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San Carlos KinderCare

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

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Dailard, Marvin, and Gage.


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.

— Center Director

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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.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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 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?

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. Linda Bloom

    Ms. Linda Bloom, Enrollment Specialist

    Linda has been teaching for over 20 years. She has worked in all areas of childcare from infants to school age children. She also has experience working with child with special needs and helping create an environment which allows all children to learn and discover. Linda also has two teenage children of her own.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
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  • Ms. Tabitha

    Ms. Tabitha, Program Specialist

    Ms. Tabitha has been teaching Sunday school for six years. She attended Grossmont and Cuyamaca College and is currently furthering her education in child development. Ms. Tabitha has a four-year-old daughter and is a very protective mother who understands the importance of quality care. She is caring, nurturing, and she loves to get to know each child individually and watch them grow. 

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Merlisa

    Ms. Merlisa, Program Specialist

    Ms. Merlisa was born and raised in San Diego. She has an Associate degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Art and is currently working on her Associate in Child Development. In her free time, she likes to go on hikes or to the beach with her dogs, Kaia (Doberman Pincher) and Nala (Australian/German Shepherd), and her boyfriend. She also enjoys traveling and meeting new people. She's excited to be a part of the San Carlos KinderCare Team!

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another childcare center as a volunteer, administrative assistant, floater teacher, and toddler teacher.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Art
  • Ms. Sonia

    Ms. Sonia, Infant Classroom

    Sonia has been working with children since 2005 as a preschool substitute teacher as well as a before- and after-school program teacher. She came to KinderCare in 2007 and has taught in preschool, prekindergarten, Learning Adventures, and is now a teacher in the Infant Classroom. Currently, she has over 48 units in Child Development and will be completing her Associate degree in the field in 2016. Her passion is working with infants. She is excited to come to work everyday and see their smiles. She loves watching them grow and learn new things everyday. As a parent of a seven-year-old and an infant, it is rewarding to know that you are leaving your child in the best care and she looks forward to providing that to families. 

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  • Ms. Cathie

    Ms. Cathie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cathie's teaching career began 28 years ago when she decided it was her passion. She loves children and being able to witness their innocent moments and watching their joy when they succeed or discover something new. Her classroom is a place of warmth and exploration. She allows children to be themselves and learn at their own pace; making sure their individualism is showcased. Ms. Cathie looks forward to working with your families in the very near future. 

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Toddler Classroom

    Beth feels so blessed to be a part of the KinderCare family. Before working here, she taught music and movement classes at a private music studio in La Jolla. Teaching children has always been a passion of hers, from teaching Sunday school, private voice lessons, and special needs music classes, as well as performing in numerous musicals.  

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor degree from San Diego University
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Veronica has started to pursue her education in child development before she had her daughter. She was the one who showed her that she had a passion for being with children. When she became a mother, she knew that she belonged with children. She's currently working on her Associate degree in Child Development.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Liz has worked in the Child Development field since 2000. In her teen years, she helped in her family's at-home childcare and loved watching the growth and wonder of each child in their care. She knew then that teaching was her passion. She believes in the quality of the San Carlos KinderCare center and has her own son attend it when he is not in school. She finds it a joy to share this experience with not only her own child but also the other children as well. 

    Year Started:
    2 Years
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  • Ms. Gabriela

    Ms. Gabriela, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Gabriela is the Discovery Preschool teacher. She has her Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her Master in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children for ten years and truly enjoys her work. She has a ten-year-old daughter as well as two step-children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing outdoor activities, and spending time with her family. She looks forward to working with all the families and watching your children grow and learn. 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ivory

    Ms. Ivory, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Ivory has worked in the Child Development field since 2007. Her favorite part of being a teacher is watching children learn new things and helping them to develop new skills. She feels that she creates a place to explore and develop independence in her classroom. Ms. Ivory looks forward to exploring with your children. 

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, Preschool Classroom

    Patricia moved here from Topeka, Kansas where she graduated in September 2015 with her Bachelor of Art degree in Early Childhood Education. She has two grown daughters, two grandchildren, and a three-year-old great-grandchild. She likes to sew, crochet, and craft projects. Her favorite movies and plays are Tyler Perry and children’s movies. She's originally from upstate New York Ithaca. She has two cats, 17-year-old Ju-JuBean and five-year-old Boogie. She likes to relax on her patio to get some sun and listen to R&B classics. She loves working with three- to five year-old children because they are honest and laugh out loud.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lola

    Ms. Lola, Transitional Kindergarten

    Lola has two grown children. Her son, Nickolas, is 27 and lives in Austin, TX, and her daughter, Cecilia, is 23 and lives in Arizona. She just transferred from KinderCare at Mission Viejo, CA. She has been with the company for almost 27 years. Lola has also worked with different age levels in the morning and late afternoon but has been the kindergarten teacher for 26 years. She graduated from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelor of Art in Spanish with an emphasis in Bilingual Education. She has also worked with children with special needs throughout my teaching career. She is excited to be the new Transitional Kindergarten teacher and working with the parents and teachers in this KinderCare Center.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, School Age Classroom

    Alexis has worked with children for about nine years. She decided to become a teacher while in high school when she worked with children with special needs. She enjoys helping children build self confidence through learning concepts. She believes children learn best through play-based curriculum and this teaches children that learning and school can be fun and exciting.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mr. Bryson

    Mr. Bryson, Cook

    Mr. Bryson enjoys making healthy meals for the children and giving them fun and tasty recipes each day. He also has a two-year-old son that loves to come to the center each day. Mr. Bryson enjoys getting pictures from the children when they love the meal he made for them that day. 

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

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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.

Within 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!

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. 

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

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. 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 after school. 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. 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. 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. I can’t say anything bad about KinderCare from day one you all have made us feel like one of the family. 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? You're already here? Can I play longer?" He feels 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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