Alma Gandarilla, Center Director
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Welcome to the Rancho Penasquitos KinderCare. We serve families in Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, and Scripps. Our center strives on giving children the best experience possible, starting with infants as young as 6 weeks to preschool. We focus on providing a safe and loving environment for all children in our care. We are sure your little one will have the best time playing and learning at our center. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!
Alma Gandarilla, Center Director
Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.
Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.
Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.
Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.
KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.
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.
Meet some of the wonderful teachers and staff that make up our center.
I am an advocate for children's rights. We as adults need to be their voice, stand up for them and make their needs heard. I believe they deserve all the respect, care, positive guidance and love this world has to offer.
Ms. Alma has always enjoyed teaching and working in the education field. Her passion has been to teach children of all ages and learn from them as well!! She enjoys being a part of each child's development, helping children learn from the world around them. She leads a strong team of teachers, that share her love for children as well as teaching. She enjoys seeing children grow and watch how they slowly develop their unique personalities. Ms. Alma has been quoted saying, "I love how children can make you laugh, they brighten up my day!"
I love to plant the seeds of knowledge, curiosity and wisdom. Sprinkle the children with love and nurture their growth!
Ms. Houda does a wonderful job promoting our Learning Adventures Programs and each one of our other curriculum programs. She has a wonderful outlook on life and always stays positive. She loves to be around children and advocates providing children with nurturing and loving care. Her best quality is her caring nature towards everyone not just children, but she shows compassion and truly cares for those families in our center and for those she works with.
I love my job because I love being around children and being able to help families. The best part of my job is seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter and receiving hugs from the children. It is rewarding to be a part of the children's growth and development. My goal is to provide a fun, safe, and nurturing place for them because I want them to be happy and feel at home.
Ms. Grace enjoys working with children of all ages especially the infants and toddlers. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State and took several Child Development courses from Miramar and Mesa College. She is certified in pediatric CPR and First Aid. Ms. Grace has experience in helping first time parents feel at ease with leaving their precious little ones in her care and also in helping infants reach their developmental milestones. Her favorite activities to do with the infants are art and sensory exploration to help promote creative and fine motor development. She also introduces sign language to promote early communication and plays music from around the world in her classroom. In her spare time, Ms. Grace helps children with special needs and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to travel to new places and try new foods.
I love watching how children master new concepts and how they can come up with an innovative idea. I choose to teach because I know that I can make a difference and have a positive impact on a child's life both in and out of the classroom.
Ms. Shavona has been working in the child development field for 14 years. She joined our center after transferring from a KinderCare in Texas. Ms. Shavona attended Grambling State University where she studied Elementary Education with a minor in Deaf Education. She has her Child Development teacher permit and recently obtained a Child Development Associates credential. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development with a specialty in psychology. Ms. Shavona enjoys bringing dramatic play areas to life so that her children can really use their imagination and take on any role they choose. During her free time she enjoys reading, shopping and playing bingo.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
Safety of the children in our care is priority all day and every day. We take extra security measures to ensure that the children in our care are well and safe. Some of the safety measures at our center include keypad entry, fenced and alarmed playground, CPR and First Aid certifications for all staff members, and monthly disaster drills.
Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and though the various training opportunities in the community.
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