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Buena Ventura KinderCare

Virgie Aguilar, Center Director

1197 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura CA 93003
(805) 339-9363 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
SE Corner of Telephone & Victoria, S. of the Government Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Elmhurst, Poinsettia, Juana Maria, Montalvo, Portola, Citrus Glen, Satiqoui

<p>We are now enrolling for our Summer Camp program for all ages. We offer a fun filled Summer Camp for Preschool and School Age children. Our School Age program fills up quick! We are also enrolling for our Private Kindergarten. We will offer transitional Kindergarten in this program as well.</p>


Buena Ventura KinderCare has been serving the community of Ventura since January of 2003. We are proud to say we offer a quality learning program and welcome you to come in an see how we are designed for learning!

Virgie Aguilar, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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


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.


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 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

Welcome to Buena Ventura KinderCare. We are so excited that you have shown interest in our school. We have several staff members that have been at this location for five years or longer. Our staff are all fully qualified preschool teachers and many of them still continue to expand their knowledge by continuing their education. We look forward to having you visit our school.

  • Virgie Aguilar

    Virgie Aguilar, Center Director

    I love what I do because I get to see children learn and grow each day. The first 5 years of a child's life are so important in not only developing physically and emotionally but also developing a love for learning.

    Virgie began her journey of working with preschoolers at a small private preschool where she worked with two year olds. After moving away for a short time, an opportunity came when Buena Ventura KinderCare was being built. Virgie is the only original teacher that helped open this center in January of 2003. She began working with the Prekindergarten class and moved on to working with infants and toddlers for about two years. An opportunity became open for the Prekindergarten classroom again and Virgie worked with the group she had grown so fond of. When management needed a Kindergarten teacher, Virgie quickly stepped in and taught the Private Kindergarten class and worked with the School Age children during the summer. This was Virgie's favorite age to work with and when the opportunity to work in management as an Assistant Director came up, Virgie took the position. Virgie was in the position for a year and the position of Center Director opened up and Virgie stepped in and has found her home.

    Previous Experience:
    Virgie has spent two years working with two year olds and special needs children, two years working with Infants, three years working with Prekindergarten, three years teaching Private Kindergarten and working with School Age, one year as Assistant Director before becoming Center Director since October 2011.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Child Development Associate Certificate; CPR/First Aid Certificarte; Units held in Infant/Toddler; Units held in Preschool and School Age and Administration
  • Shawn Smith

    Shawn Smith, Assistant Director

    Knowing that I make a difference in the families and children's lives that I see everyday. It’s a blessing to know that I have helped with there growth and development whether they be infants, toddlers, preschool or school age

    Shawn Smith has always been passionate about working with and helping children since she was a young teenager. She loves what she does each day and enjoys the rewards of hugs and smiles. Shawn began working at the Buena Ventura KinderCare in December of 2008 as an Assistant Director after working at a privately owned preschool for 11 years. She took a brief break from the role in management for almost two years and began working in a classroom with the Preschoolers. Shawn also worked in the after school program for a summer and she taught the Cooking Adventures class as well. When another opportunity to be in management came open, she decided that she wanted to be able to take on the role of Assistant Director. Shawn is actively involved in each classroom and helps out where need be. She is also one of the bus drivers for the after school program.

    Previous Experience:
    Shawn spent 11 1/2 yrs at a private school working with children from six weeks to six years old and Administration. In addition to that, she spent three years at a church based center working with preschool through school age.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    30 units in Early Child Education-including Infant/Toddler, Preschool/Pre-k, Schoolage and Administration, CPR and First Aide Certified
  • Ms. Cheryl

    Ms. Cheryl, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the babies learn and grow each day. I love to see their smiling faces and know that I make a difference in their lives!

    Cheryl has worked for KinderCare for over 25 years primarily with the infants and some time with the toddlers. Cheryl enjoys providing the children with various sensory experiences. One of her favorite activities to do with the infants is painting because she loves to see their faces as they explore with the colors and paint on their hands. She also loves watching the infants learn to be social with one another.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to her current role, Ms. Cheryl was an assistant teacher.
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
    15 Units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sonia

    Ms. Sonia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My passion for my job is seeing these amazing little faces everyday and helping to be part of their stepping stone in their education.

    Sonia has worked with the Discovery Preschool (Two year olds) since starting with KinderCare. She enjoys working with this group because even though they are young, they love to learn. She enjoys being able to read their favorite books each day and she also enjoys seeing each child get excited when they try something new in the classroom. Sonia is very creative and loves when she and the children in her classroom can be creative together!
    Sonia considers KinderCare and the families part of her family and she feels that this is her second home. In order to enhance her work enviroment and to better serve the children and families, she continues her education through college classes.  

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Sonia taught preschool locally in Ventura County.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Certificate in Child Development; Over 24 Early Childhood Education units
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the children learn and grow with hands on experiences. I also love giving the gift of reading and literacy to the children. 

    Donna has worked with Pre-Kindergarten for many years and this is her favorite age group. She truly enjoys reading time with the children. She goes to the public library every two weeks to bring in books for the children in her classroom. She loves to see the children's expressions as she reads various stories. Donna also loves to see the children grow from week to week and month to month. She loves when a child learns something new and she sees that they realize they've learned something. 

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms Donna taught prekindergarten and was a boy and girl scout leader.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies; 15 units in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, School Age Classroom

    It is great to see the children grow and learn and be part of their development.  

    Ashley has worked at KinderCare in a variety of classrooms and has found her home with the School Age children. She enjoys working with the children during the school year not only with the curriculum from KinderCare, but she enjoys being able to help them with their homework. Ashley enjoys art time the most because she loves to see the children express themselves. One activity that she also enjoys with her students is being silly and doing freeze dance, which the children love!
    Ashley graduated from Ventura Community College with an Associates Degree and she continues to work toward her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Her passion to work with children inspires her to continue her own personal development and growth through continuing her education.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Ashley was an assistant at an in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Science; 15 units in Early Childhood Education

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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

  • 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 offer many safety features here at Buena Ventura KinderCare. We offer a keypad entry into our school that we only give to families upon enrollment and we change the code every 6 months to ensure our building is safe. We are nestled back off the busy street of Victoria Avenue and we are surrounded by great neighbors. All of our play yards are fenced in and we have secure gates at the front of the school that include an alarm if the gate is opened. All of our management and bus drivers are all CPR/First Aid Certified along with our opening and closing staff members.

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.

My Daughter has been at the Buena Ventura KinderCare for about three years now, and I would not think about taking her anywhere else. The staff and teachers are great because they are always there for you and address your concerns. I have decided to keep my daughter in KinderCare for the Kindergarten program instead of putting her into a public school, because they have a great curriculum for the children and I am very confident that she will do great while enjoy being there.

- Mother

One of the hardest things I have ever had to do is leave my infant son in the care of virtual strangers. While I worked full-time, I knew that these strangers would be helping me raise my son. While looking for a place for my son to go, I visited different centers, looked into in-home centers, called child care licensing offices, and more. Some of the best advice I received was from the child care licensing office. The person on the other end said, "It is good to check all options, but usually your gut knows where to take your child". Well, she was correct because after visiting Buena Ventura Kindercare, I knew this was the right place for us.<br /> <br /> We have been coming to Kindercare for over four years. We are overall very happy. Although it has not always been perfect, no place is, the current group of teachers are fantastic, especially Ms. Virgie and Ms. Shawn. They care about each child and their individual personalities. Any concerns that I may have, they listen to and try to resolve the matter promptly. My son can be a typical five-year-old boy so he will test his boundaries. When there are issues, we work together as a team to do what is best for him while working on consistency for all of us to follow. Again, they focus on the child while they balance all other aspects of running a facility.<br /> <br /> My son's current teacher, Ms. Jaquie is phenomenal! She is very passionate about her job and it translates into the children's enthusiasm. Ms. Jaquie, really gets to know her students and how each one of them learns, as most have different learning styles. She makes learning fun and genuinely wants to see the children grow both academically and socially. It is wonderful to see my son happy about learning and interacting with his friends.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I would highly recommend Buena Ventura KinderCare!

- Mother

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