Melissa Ruiz, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Melissa Ruiz, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Associate Degree in Behavioral Sciences, Associate Degree in Psychology, Bachelor’s Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Melissa Ruiz! She is the Center Director at Poinsettia KinderCare in Carlsbad, California. Melissa attended Ventura College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree from California State University Channel Islands. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that she was a center director at another childcare center. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys anything to do with plants and astronomy, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with her family. "Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Poinsettia KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
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 to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
Words can't express how impressed I am with your staff. Ms. Candy and Ms. Silva have been so instrumental with easing our son into KinderCare. They are both so patient and caring with him. Ms. Candy always greets him with a big hug in the morning. Ms. Silva some how gets Ethan to sit down at the table to eat. Not sure what her magic is but, it works :) There are a couple of other teachers that are there in the early morning; they too are always so friendly to my son and I.”
Cherise F. - KinderCare Parent
Thank you to all of the teachers and staff. You are all wonderful and are doing jobs that most people can't do. You all put up with so much that goes unappreciated. I have the utmost respect for teachers and I think you deserve the best. Thanks for everything.”
Vivian C. - KinderCare Parent
We feel so lucky to have Ms. Myesha and Ms. Drea taking care of our daughter. We couldn't ask for a more perfect pair! Their enthusiasm, patience, and love for all of the little ones is so amazing. We love how they encourage her to try new things, especially art projects- so precious! As first time parents, it is difficult to be away from her all day but knowing that she is in such good hands makes it possible! She always comes and goes with a smile - that says it all!"”
Kimberly K. - KinderCare Parent
Our little girl does not speak any English and is very dependent on her grandma. When her grandma had to go back to China, slightly more than one month ago, everyone in my family was very concerned and was bracing for the shock of a difficult transition. However, our daughter's teacher Ms. Selva is so patient, loving and professional that all our worries were gone in a few days. My little girl eased into and enjoyed her stay at Kinder Care. We always remember the scene of caring Ms. Selva trying to comfort our crying daughter by speaking to her in Chinese. Great job, Ms. Selva, we greatly appreciate all the care and teaching you are giving.”
Jingbo and Yan C. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Poinsettia KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Poinsettia KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.