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Santa Margarita KinderCare

Mojgan Vasseghi, Center Director

30062 Santa Margarita Pkwy Santa Margarita CA 92688
(949) 888-8880 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
off Foothill Tollway 241 at Interchange Plaza

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Arroyo Vista, Cielo Vista, Trabuco Mesa, Tijeras Creek, Melinda Heights

We are located in beautiful Rancho Santa Margarita, with convenient access from the 241 toll Road. We are in the midst of several prominent Elementary schools (Cielo Vista, Trabuco Mesa, Arroyo Vista, Melinda Heights and Robinson Ranch) and near family friendly shopping and dining. Our large, clean classrooms are filled with fun learning experiences and loving teachers!

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Welcome

Welcome to KinderCare Rancho Santa Margarita. When you take a tour of our center you will feel like a part of our family. Many of our staff have been with us for 7 years or more and have so much to offer to our center. Our curriculum focuses on academic, emotional, and social development in an engaging atmosphere. We offer care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, and every classroom is designed to encourage growth of the whole child. All of our programs offer exploration in dramatic play, math, science, and literacy. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Mojgan Vasseghi, 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.

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.

Music

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.

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?

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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 staff is the best around. We have many teachers who have been here for more than seven years. All of our teachers have at least 12 early childhood education units, a few also have Bachelor's Degrees in education or a Master's Degree.

  • Mojgan Vasseghi

    Mojgan Vasseghi, Center Director

    Mojgan is crazy about kids and their education!

    Year Started:
    10/25/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Associate's Degree in Sign Language and Early Childhood with Administration Units
  • Andrea Cabasal

    Andrea Cabasal, Assistant Director

    Andrea loves watching children grow and learn through social interaction.

    Previous Experience:
    Before becoming an Assistant Director Ms. Andrea taugh in our Discovery Preschool (3's) class. Also was a Assistant Director at Irvine KinderCare
    Year Started:
    5/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood and Administration Units
  • Ms. Mani

    Ms. Mani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
  • Ms. Mimi

    Ms. Mimi, Infant and Toddler Classroom

    I enjoy seeing them grow and learn.

    Ms. Mimi joined our KinderCare family in 2012 and has eight years of experience in the early childhood education field. Ms. Mimi is very in tune with each baby and their individual needs. She is great at working with the families to provide the best care possible for their little one.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ms. Mimi worked for other local preschools, and has earned early childhood education credits.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Finance
  • Ms. Pooran

    Ms. Pooran, Preschool Classroom

    I love children and the early childhood field. I enjoy seeing the world through their eyes.

    Ms. Pooran has been with KinderCare since September 2002. Ms. Pooran is an amazing teacher who is fully engaged with the students in her classroom. She loves them like her own. She has over 13 years of experience working in the early childhood field and has many years of teaching experience in both first and fifth grade in her home country of Iran.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, MS. Pooran taught first and fifth grade in her home country of Iran.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Teaching credential from Iran, Early Childhoo Education units
  • Ms. Ellie

    Ms. Ellie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Ellie joined our KinderCare family in March of 2012 and has four years of experience working in the early childhood field. Ms. Ellie is great at enhancing her dramatic play area each week with new and exciting things. Ms. Ellie has a true passion for children and it shows in her actions everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ellie also has experience as a school site supervisor with Saddleback Unified School District, and earned early childhood education units in college.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Translation
  • Ms. Rhonda

    Ms. Rhonda, School Age Classroom

    I love the teacher-to-child moments.

    Ms. Rhonda has been with KinderCare since 2004. She has over 24 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms. Rhonda also has experience in food service with an elementary school district. She is wonderful with the children and truly enjoys them. She also provides homework help during the school year.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rhonda worked in food service for elementary school districts.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Education:
    Enrolled in Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, School Age Classroom and Transportation

    Ms. Dana has been with KinderCare for eight years. She teaches in the infant and toddler classrooms and has received her Early Childhood Education Credential.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credential
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

    I grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and have always had a passion for working with children.  I love sports, the outdoors, and reading a good book.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sara previously worked at a docents program teaching 3rd grade science. She also worked with Youth Sports program for Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Richard Scary's books
    Year Started:
    12/18/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Nina

    Ms. Nina, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20

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
  • Farsi and Tagolog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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

Our center has many safety features including a coded key pad at the front door, a fenced in playground with an alarm and all of our teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid.

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.

It was recommended to us that by Erin’s doctors that we put her in preschool early to help with her delays.  We looked at all the facilities in RSM and the surrounding areas.  When we met Rachel and she gave us the tour we just knew Kindercare RSM was the right school for our family.  Mrs. Mojgan, you deserve all the praises!!  You have a very well run, safe, loving environment for Erin.  On behalf of myself and my family, THANK YOU to all of you for everyday that you share with my daughter.  She has come such a long way in her first year.  All of you will never fully realize the impact you have had on Erin and how much you all have helped her overcome her delays. Thank you for letting her therapists come and being so accommodating so that Erin could get the help she needs.

- Mother

We love Rancho Santa Margarita KinderCare. Everyone who works there loves my daughter, Erin, as if she is their own. They are loving and comforting while at the same time helping my daughter to thrive both academically and socially. My daughter has made so many new friends. Rancho Santa Margarita KinderCare was definitely the best choice for our daughter.

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