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Del Mar Highlands KinderCare

Ms. Lorena Arizaga, Center Director

3790 Townsgate Dr. San Diego CA 92130
(858) 794-7710 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS

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in Del Mar Highlands Town Center

Located in Carmel Valley area

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Welcome to Del Mar Highlands KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We're all confident that once you visit you'll love our educated, warm and nurturing staff as well! If there is anything we can do to accommodate your family's needs please don't hesitate to let us know! 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!

Ms. Lorena Arizaga, Center Director

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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.

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


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.


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.

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  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

Our teachers at Del Mar Highlands KinderCare are dedicated, compassionate, loving caregivers and educators. Our teachers work hard to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes self-confidence. They are passionate about your child's education and happiness and are dedicated to developing your child's learning potential.

  • Ms. Lorena Arizaga

    Ms. Lorena Arizaga, Center Director

    I absolutely love working with children, I truly could not see myself doing anything else. They bring so much laughter and joy into my life. I love their sense of humor, how they tell it how it is and their innocence. Working with children is the most rewarding experience.

    Lorena earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Early Childhood in 1998 from one of the leading universities in Spain. She has continued her education in the early childhood field while working. She started her teaching career in Spain as a Preschool teacher and moved to San Diego in 2000. Upon relocating, she took the first year to learn English and worked as a volunteer at a Montessori school. She started at KinderCare as a Prekindergarten teacher and quickly moved up, leading to the Center Director position at Del Mar Highlands KinderCare. Her goal is to help children and teachers grow and develop to their full potential. She is passionate and thankful about being able to do what she loves every day and truly loves the challenges she faces every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Lorena has worked as a teacher for Infants, Preschool and Prekindergarten for about seven years before working as an Administrator. She has experience in religious and secular schools as well as in Montessori schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Tell me again about the night I was born by Jamie Lee Curtis
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Educational Psychology
  • Katrina Greene

    Katrina Greene, Assistant Director

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

    Katrina has formally worked with young children for over 10 years.  She taught PreK for most of that time and worked her way up to management.  Her management experience includes working for an extended day care program at the school district, aiding in program development with a private preschool and previous experience as a Direcor for KinderCare.  In addition to her experience working with young children she also was a college counselor.  Katrina has a passion for Education at all levels and intends to share that excitement with all the teachers and children she works with.

    Previous Experience:
    Katrina has experience as a Pre K teacher, management for various childcare settings and worked as a college counselor in the Education department.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Master's in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Katy

    Miss Katy, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    Bachelors Degree in Child Development
  • Miss Rebecca

    Miss Rebecca, Infant Classroom

    My favorite part about my job is watching the children grow and developing strong relationships with each family. I am incredibly passionate about working with children and feel lucky that I get to dedicate my life's work to early childhood education.

    Miss Rebecca grew up in Orange, County, CA. She attended the University of Alabama from 2010-2014 where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development. She previously worked as a Behavior Therapist for young children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. She is currently furthering her education in Early Childhood Development. When she is not in the classroom, Rebecca enjoys running half marathons and surfing.

    Previous Experience:
    Rebecca previously worked as a Behavior Therapist for young children on the Autism Spectrum
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Ridding Freedom" by Pam Munoz Ryan
    Year Started:
    Bachelors of Arts In Physhology
  • Miss Charlene, Infant and Toddler classrooms

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Ivanna, Toddler Classroom

    Coming soon

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Janel

    Ms. Janel, Toddler Classroom

    I love getting daily hugs from my class. I also love building connections with the children and their families.

    Ms. Janel started at KinderCare in 2009 as the Infant Teacher, and she is currently the Toddler Teacher. Ms. Janel loves being in the Toddler Room because she can watch the Toddlers grow and learn. She especially loves watching her class accomplish their milestones. Ms. Janel is the Health and Safety Coordinator at the center. Ms. Janel enjoys being the Health and Safety Coordinator because she feels that keeping the children safe is her number one priority.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Ms. Janel worked for four years at an in-home day care and was also a nanny for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? byBill Martin
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Pursuing Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Miss Kerri, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Caylee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Appreciate today, because you never know what will happen tomorrow!

    Caylee grew up in Melrose Massachusetts and attended UMASS Amherst for 4 years. She loves the curiosity and excitement young students bring to the classroom. She moved to California in August to start a new adventure with one of her best friends. She is 23 years old and enjoys being outside, playing sports and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Miss Johana

    Miss Johana, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part of my job is knowing tha I am making a difference. i love walking into my classroom and being greeted by all their smiling faces. I can't imagine being anything else than a teacher

    Ms Johana graduated from San Diego Sate University on December 2015. She began working with children through her intership classes in 2010 at the SDSU's children's center back in 2013. She worked with toddlers and preschool age children. Johana always knew she wanted to be a teacher but it wasn't until she began her hands- on experience that she decided on Early Childhood Education. She found out that being a teacher is one of the most rewarding jobs as she gets to see how much a child learns and grows.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Guess how much I love you" by Sam McBratney
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelors of science in Child development
  • Miss Ana, Preschool Classroom

    I strive to build a child's life by giving them the tools to succed through love, communication adn creativity

    Ana was born in Colombia and came to the united states at the age of 5. She speaks both English and Spanish. Ana graduated from San Diego State University in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Child Development. Right after she went to South Korea for a year where she taught English to preschool children.In her class Ms Ana enjoys signing with the children and allow the children to express themselves through art and crafts. She loves to read in the class with them and incorporate the stories in her activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The napping house" by Audrey Wood
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Bachelors Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Meriel

    Ms. Meriel, Preschool Classroom & Health and Safety Coordinator

    Teaching children is very rewarding. I enjoy watching children explore, interact with others and learn about themselves and their very unique personalities

    Meriel earned her bachelor of Arts in Socialogy with a minor in Child Development in 2003 from  Mount St Mary's College in Los Angeles. She began working with children at the campus child Development center. During the next couple of years she worked with school age children as tutor and as a child care worker. She stared to work as infant teacher at KinderCare in 2005 and now she is the toddler teacher and the Health and Safety Coordinator. She is dedicated to helping childrenlearn through creative art and expression of self and is happy to keep them safe and heathly at Del Mar HIghlands KInderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Meriel has worked as a teacher for infants and toddlers, was a child care worker for foster teens and a tutor for after school children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    ABC by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology
  • Miss Abbey, Preschool Classrooms

    Strive to learn as much from children as they learn from you.

    Abeey grew up in a military family. At a young age her family was relocated to Japan where she lived for a few years,  but now calls San Diego her home.She recently graduated with the Bachelor's in Child development and Adolescence from the Point Loma Nazarene University. The oldest of five, she has been surrounded by children seemingly always. She enjoys reading, bubble tea, and reality tv a little too much.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Art in Child and adolescent Development
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    As a Prekindergarten teacher, I have the incredible opportunity to watch my 4 and 5 year old students undergo an amazing transformation emotional, physical and academic. I love creating smiles and always looking forward for those good morning and high fives!

    Ms Amanda is in the process of completing her Associates Degree in Child Development. Ms Amanda started her teaching career at Our Ladys of Angels in the Kindergarten class as an associate teacher. after 6 months she earned her teacher permit and became the lead teacher. She is honor to be workig for KinderCare for 9 years and has learn a lot on her journey.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Amanda worked for OUR Lady of Angels Catholic school as a Kindergarteen teacher for 2 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Skippy John Jones
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Child Development Certificate with 40 Early Childhood Education Units
  • Ms. Courtney, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every child that comes into our classroom, comes into it for a reason. They each teach us something that will help us become a better teacher and have a greater influence on their education.

    Courtney was born and raised in Vineland,NJ. This is also where she met her husband Dan, who is a member of the U.S. Navy. They relocated to San Diego due to her husband's orders. She got her Master's degree from Montclair state University in May 2016. She has worked for the past 5 years as a  pre kindergateen teacher while getting her master's.
    On a personal note Courtney is also a hockey fan (Go Flyers!). In her spare time she likes to go to the beach and spend time with her husband.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Araceli

    Ms. Araceli, Nutrition Specialist

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Stacy, Infant and Toddler Support Teacher

    Children are a joy and we are fortunate to be allowed to teach/help them in their life's journey.

    Ms. Stacy is a mother of 3 boys, grandmother (she married and became a mom at 19), and has been an infant nanny and preschool teacher for many years. She writes, sings and loves doing crafts with the children! She feels blessed and honored to be able to serve the children and parents at this school.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Arts in Human Development
  • Ms. Michlin

    Ms. Michlin, Substitute Teacher

    I love to see the children's smiling faces everday. I am thank ful for the opportunity to be able to teach and inspire each child to the best they can be.

    Ms Michlin recently relocated to the San Diego area from Ontario, CA where she previously worked for a private catholic school as the extended care director for the after school program. She was also a teacher's aide for the pre K classroom. Prior to that she owned her own large family childcare for 12 years. Michlin is a wife and a mother of 3 teenage children. She currently is attending Pacific Oaks College to complete her bachelors degree in Human Development, with an specialization in Early Childhood Education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Early Childhood units currently pursuing a Bachelors in Human Development

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

Del Mar Highlands KinderCare believes strongly in our health and safety program. Health and safety is our number one priority for not only the children, but also our staff. We provide updated health and safety information in our bulletin board located next to our Toddler Classroom. There you can find information regarding our policies and the different ways we are keeping our center safe for the children. We conduct monthly fire drills, earthquake drills and disaster drills to make sure our staff and children know how to be safe during one of these emergencies. We conduct daily health checks every morning to make sure our children are ready to give 100% each and every day. We also conduct playground and school safety checks. We have a health and safety coordinator on site each and every day to complete daily inspections and observations of staff procedures.

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.

Our son transferred from one KinderCare Center to another at the beginning of the year.  The transition was so easy because the KinderCare organization does a great job of providing consistent care and education at all its facilities.  We were so appreciative to join a class with long tenured teachers as well as a center with long tenured administrators.  The facility runs smoothly and all staff members are welcoming and engaging.  Ms. Meriel and Ms. Lyn are a dynamic duo at the Del Mar facility.  They embraced our son with open arms and also took interest in our older son, inquiring about his day at school too.  The Preschool classroom is full of creativity and education and balanced with organization and consistency.

- Mother

I have been taking my daughter to this preschool for almost two years since she was six weeks old. Although I was a bit apprehensive about leaving my little one in someone else's hands at such young age, I have been very satisfied with my decision. The school is very well run and I can tell they put their hearts and soul in each and every child under their supervision. My daughter has had the same teachers since she started and I can tell they adore her and she loves them back. This is a blessing since I had heard of so much turnover in this industry. It is a great peace of mind to know that she is in really good hands and has exposure to so many activities and to children from so many different countries (her infant room has children from five countries!). The school director, Ms. Lorena, is very seasoned and professional yet very approachable, always willing to answer any questions I have. Thank you, KinderCare, for welcoming us everyday with a smile and for doing such a great job

- Father

For our family, Kindercare in Del Mar has almost been a permanent fixture - we have had four children pass through that facility over the last 12 years. Lorena Arizaga, who is currently the Center Director, has been involved with two of our children and has been a considerable asset for us and the well-being of our kids. Lorena has brought a structure that is always efficient while being deeply personable, making the entire experience extremely pleasant for both the children and parents. We are really glad to have her!

- Parent

My family has been a client of KinderCare’s for over six years in San Diego. My four-year-old currently attends and my seven-year-old attended KinderCare Del Mar Highlands center. We have known the center director, Lorena, for the entire time. When she started working at the center, there was a lot of teacher turnover which is very disruptive to our children. Now, there is virtually no turnover. We know all of the teachers by name and they have all been there a while. Lorena is very organized and is very concerned with the children’s safety and comfort. She has done so many things to help our family and to ensure we have a good experience at KinderCare. The teachers are amazing. They greet the children by name and give them hugs in the morning when the kids are not ready to go to school and leave their families. My four-year-old loves her teacher so much and talks about her all the time at home like she is her best pal. KinderCare is our extended family, since we do not have any family in the San Diego area. Lorena and her team has made us feel that we are not alone and that we have some safe, fun, nurturing place for our children to spend their days. I recommend the center and Lorena without hesitation. If you would like to get in touch with me, please get my information from Lorena.

- Mother

I just wanted to send a quick note regarding the pre-k class and what a wonderful job Mrs. Amanda and Ms. Tiffany have done with my son Joey. This year has been amazing with the new curriculum! Joey remained excited about school, excited about learning, and has even read his first book! That's amazing! Phonics and math have really brought him a long way!<br /> Joey starts kindergarten in September and we are going to miss everyone at the center including you Mrs. Lorena and Ms. Leone. You all have been more than just teachers! You have been co-parents, friends, and advisors to me; a first time parent (Single parent) with no experience at any of the trials of parenthood.<br /> <br /> Thank you for hanging in there with me and Joey! We adore each and everyone of you!<br /> &nbsp;

- Mother

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