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Santa Margarita KinderCare

Mojgan Vasseghi, Center Director

30062 Santa Margarita Pkwy Santa Margarita CA 92688
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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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!

Welcome

Welcome to Santa Margarita KinderCare. 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 seven 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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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?

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 in Education or a Master 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
    Education:
    Bachelor in Business Administration, Associate in Sign Language and Early Childhood with Administration Units
  • Ms. Amy Hutton

    Ms. Amy Hutton, Assistant Director

    Amy has loved working with children ever since she was in high school and is so excited to be here at Rancho Santa Margarita KinderCare. She started with KinderCare 12 years ago as a Kindergarten teacher in Laguna Niguel. She has since been an Assistant Director at Mission Viejo and the Director and recently was working with the finance team at KinderCare before joining the wonderful team here at Rancho Santa Margarita. She looks forward to many great years here and is excited to learn and grow with you and your child. Her favorite moments about working with young children is the excitement they show when they are learning something new!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Growth and Development
  • Ms. Nina

    Ms. Nina, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    11/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
  • 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor in Finance
  • Ms. Mani

    Ms. Mani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • 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
    Education:
    Teaching credential from Iran, Early Childhood 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:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in English Translation
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Kindergarten and School Age Classrooms

    Sara grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and have always had a passion for working with children.  She loves 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • 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 Education 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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24
    Education:
    Enrolled in Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Dana

    Ms. Dana, School Age Classroom

    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:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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 Racho Santa Margarita and the surrounding areas.  When we met Rachel and she gave us the tour we just knew Santa Margarita KinderCare 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
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