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Santee KinderCare

Maritza Renteria, Center Director

9735 Cuyamaca St. Santee CA 92071
(619) 562-3423 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Rio Seco Elementary

Welcome

Thank you for choosing to look at Santee KinderCare. We are a wonderful facility here in Santee, and we offer care for ages six weeks to twelve years old. Our classrooms are warm and welcoming, and are a great place for your child to learn and grow through education. The staff is professionally trained and dedicated to enriching the lives of the children they work with everyday. We look forward to meeting you and your child, and welcoming you and your family to our center. Call today to schedule a visit.

Maritza Renteria, 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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Currently we are accepting enrollment for all ages beginning at six weeks to five years old. We also provide before- and after-school programs for elementary school kids. Please call to schedule a tour today; see all the wonderful opportunities our programs have to offer!

  • Maritza Renteria, Center Director

    Maritza has worked as a teacher with children in the infant, toddler, discovery preschool, and preschool classrooms.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    1/24/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
  • Miss Bailey Friesen, Program Specialist

    Bailey grew up in Santee with two sisters.  She is currently working towards her Bachelor degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University with an emphasis in Childhood Speech Development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Certificate in Infant and Toddler Education
  • Ms. Maria P., Infant Classroom

    I am able to form a special bond with each and every child. I love watching children grow, develop, and learn through play!

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Ms. Maria earned her Bachelor in Early Childhood Education and Child Development at San Diego State University.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    Year Started:
    1/12/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Ms. Natasha, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to work at KinderCare, Ms. Natasha worked with school age children at the local school districts. She also worked at the San Diego State University Child Development center while working toward her Bachelor degrees.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child and Family Development
  • Miss Lupita, Toddler Classroom

    The children know that I love and care about each and every one of them!

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Lupita worked in the Child Development Center at Grossmont Community College.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Miss Carissa, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Carissa has worked with two year old children throughout her entire career in Early Childhood Education.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Miss Kelly, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Kelly has worked with children aged six weeks through twelve years old.  She truly understands each and every developmental milestone that children reach.  In our two-year-old classroom, she prepares them for preschool and beyond, teaching them social skills and academics, while also providing a warm and nurturing environment.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Amber, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amber has worked as a preschool and prekindergarten teacher for five years.  Before that, she studied at San Diego State University and achieved her Bachelor in Child and Family Development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss!

    Year Started:
    11/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Miss Kanosha, Preschool Classroom

    I love turning everything that the children and I encounter in a day into a learning experience!

    Miss Kanosha loves working with the children to teach them how to be role models at school and in the community!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Samantha C., Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Year Started:
    6/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Miss Samantha R., Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Miss Samantha worked in a two-year-old classroom for three years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    11/30/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Miss Ashley, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I like to teach about what interests the child, which makes learning even more fun!

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Ashley studied Child Development and Early Childhood Education at San Diego State University and worked at the child care center on campus.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor in Child Development
  • Ms. Jenn, Learning Adventures

    Ms. Jenn currently travels between the schools in our district teaching the tutorial classes.  The classes that she is currently offering include cooking, phonics, math, and music.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jenn has worked as a preschool teacher, a director, and a learning adventures specialist.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Year Started:
    5/5/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Maria Y., School Age Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Kindercare, Miss Maria worked in the children's center at San Diego State University.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

We take health and safety very seriously. We encourage healthy snack options, maintain a clean and healthy environment with implementation of our Clean Concepts cleaning program, and from time to time will distribute educational literature about children’s health issues.

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.

Our son, now age 17 months, happily awaits going to school each day. When he first started, he was just a year old, a bit shy and still unsteady on his feet. The teachers really went the extra mile to make sure he adjusted well, was comfortable with staff and peers and had the extra care he needed at first. Now when daddy drops him off, he reaches right for his teacher, Ms. Danielle, to give her a big hug, before running off to play. He even cried the one day school was closed! It's clear that he grows every day at school and it's really instilled a lot of confidence in him, which is priceless! 

As parents who place a high level of importance on combining structured education with open-ended creative play, we believe KinderCare does an excellent job at providing both. KinderCare and its teachers, have done an excellent job at providing age-appropriate activities that are all-encompassing and tailored to where my son is developmentally. We have been very impressed to see that what is presented about the curriculum is true! It is very comprehensive and provides everything from structured learning (our son has learned his shapes, colors, letters, numbers, etc.) to creative indoor/outdoor play (he does a lot of art projects and has learned to dance there!). Also, we have been very pleased with not only what our son is offered for meals and snacks, (a good variety of healthy foods), but also what emphasis is placed on having good table manners. 

Overall, my husband and I could not be more pleased with the comprehensive, age-appropriate programs and curriculum offered at KinderCare. It is consistent enough to reinforce positive behaviors through routine, yet varied enough to keep the kids entertained and engaged. The teachers and staff have been amazing, and they make the effort to truly know your child. Our best experience has been ...all of what I wrote above! A sincere thank you, as we have found KinderCare to be an invaluable resource for our child's holistic growth. We also love the daily communication sheets, as his teachers take the time to personalize his sheets and to tell us what he learned that day, including any “special achievements." They do a great job at communication!

- Parents
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