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Del Mar Highlands KinderCare

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!

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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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.

  • Lorena Arizaga

    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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Educational Psychology
  • Leone Power

    Leone Power, Assistant Director

    I love being able to make children smile and know that I make a difference in their lives.

    Leone has been working for Kindercare since 2011. Prior to her current position, she worked for CCLC for three years as discovery preschool classroom teacher. She has a Balacher of Arts in Psychology from California State University San Marcos. She also has an Associate of Arts Degree in Human Development from Mira Costa Collage, Cardiff. She has spent many years teaching children of all ages to ride horses. Leone has been in each classroom and has a love for children in each age group. She has spent a lot of time in the discovery preschool classroom helping them to explore the world.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Leone was a discovery preschool teacher at CCLC, a KinderCare sister childcare brand, for three years. She also owned her own daycare at home for about four years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    No David! by David Shannon
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology of Children
  • Ms. Cherie

    Ms. Cherie, Infant Room

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cherie taught three years at Boise State University children's center primarily with infants.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in family relations
  • Ms. Jocelin

    Ms. Jocelin, Infant Room

    Being a part of the critical development of the first year of life is a privilege that I take seriously and genuinely enjoy everyday.

    Ms. Jocelin is passionate about creating a nurturing and enriching environment for the infants that attend our program. She is also always eager to share with parents about how their children are adventuring and progressing in the class. Ms Jocelin has earned a bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science from University City Santa Cruz and an Associate of Art in Psychology from Miracosta College. She is also currently pursuing an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from Saddleback College.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Jocelin was a camp counselor for school-age children for the city of Vista. She was also a child care worker for mixed age group of three months to 12 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science
  • 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Pursuing Associate's of Arts Degree
  • Miss Jessica

    Miss Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the children's faces when they accomplish things for the first time. Their smiling faces make this job the best job ever!

    Ms Jessica played water polo while going to school to get her degree. She loves end enjoys traveling. During her schooling years she traveled to Germany and help US schools go trough NAEYC accreditation. She also worked in different preschools while going to school to obtain her Bachelor's of Science in Child and Family Development by SDSU.

    Previous Experience:
    I have worked previously for another preschool as infant/ toddler and preschool teacher and I also worked for about a year as a part time behavioral interventionist.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's or Science in Child and Family Development
  • Miss Kayla

    Miss Kayla, Toddler Classroom

    Working so close to your little ones make me feel so special. I am so thankful for having a job that allows me to nurture and care for so many children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr Seuss
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Human and Family Development
  • Miss Elizabeth

    Miss Elizabeth, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Development units
  • 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:
    10 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology
  • 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
  • Miss Jurelle

    Miss Jurelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I LOVE being a part of the children's growth and development

    Miss Jurelle always had a passion for teaching and working with children. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Child and Family Development by the San Diego State University in winter 2014. She is very excited to teach at KinderCare and continue to grow her teaching skills .

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Jurelle used to work with children ages preschool to schoolage teaching enrichment classes
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The very hungry caterpillar"
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Child & Family Development
  • Miss Devin

    Miss Devin, Nutritional Specialist

  • Ms. Michlin

    Ms. Michlin, Preschool Classroom Support

    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Early Childhood units currently pursuing a Bachelors in Human Development
  • Ms. Alejandra

    Ms. Alejandra, Support teacher

    I find Joy in teaching and I like making every child smile.

    Ms Alejandra was born in California but raised in Mexico. She received her Associate degree in 2013 in early childhood development. She obtained her Bachelors in 2015 from the San Diego State University, graduated with honors and even make it the the Dean's list. She went to study abroad to Spain during her last year in college. As a curiosity Ms Alejandra likes to dance jazz, tap and ballet and was a zumba instructor for three years.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Alejandra worked at a preschool before as an infant and preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood

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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
  • tagalog

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 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

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 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

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