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Escondido KinderCare

Jennifer Paulson, Center Director

2415 S Centre City Pkwy Escondido CA 92025
(760) 745-2474 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Miller, L R Green, and Bernardo (mid day pick up from LR Green for their AM/PM Kindergarten program; AM pick up for Miller half day prg)

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Escondido KinderCare

Welcome to Escondido KinderCare in California! Conveniently located off Interstate 15, our highly regarded curriculum aims to develop your child on an emotional, intellectual, social, and personal level. We offer interactive learning opportunities such as dramatic play, arts and crafts, math, learning blocks, and literature. It is our goal to make you feel welcomed from the moment you walk through our doors, and like you belong in our KinderCare family!

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Elementary School Distance Learning

Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!

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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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!

Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)

KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.

Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)

Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)


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?

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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!


Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • I am so sad that we're moving and we have to say goodbye to this wonderful place! Our boys have been in the toddlers, Preschool, and Prekindergarten classrooms, and I can say that we've been extremely happy with our experience. Not only are the teachers are amazing and caring, but the entire staff is excellent. Thank you Jennifer for running a great daycare. We are going to miss everyone when we move!

    Samphy - KinderCare Parent
  • My daughter was 16 weeks starting at KinderCare, and their team helped me prepare to return to work. She started off one week part time to ease into it, then had two weeks full time before we had to move. While we were there, the girls at KinderCare were friendly, caring and attentive to my daughter. It was actually really hard to pull her out to move! I was highly impressed with the professionalism of this facility. Plus, if you are a military family working with NACRA, they make the process very easy. Highly recommend you check them out for your children.

    Alisa - KinderCare Parent
  • My daughter is just about to turn 4 and has been there since she was 6 months. They are the best. The school's director will go above and beyond to handle even the slightest concern. I've talked to friends who have their child elsewhere and I know this is not always the case!

    Kelly - KinderCare Parent
  • I cannot say enough good things about this school. My son started here when he was two and my daughter when she was around six months. The genuine care and consideration for my children is evident by their interactions with their teachers. I ask my daughter every morning if she wants to go see her teachers and friends and she gets overwhelmed with excitement listing off everyone's names. My son, who is now in elementary school, tells me all the time that he wishes he could go back to his old school. My daughters vocabulary is remarkable at two. I believe it is because of the dedication of the all her teachers since she has moved up within the school. There is a constant correlation between what she is learning and  what is being said in the classroom. The morning interactions with stories and songs, or the time on the playground exploring all the different parts of nature and our world.She is always coming home with art and creations that she makes through out the day. I thought that we were both going to be devastated when she moved from the toddlers to the twos room. But we have both found the same care and concern for her well being in there as well. I know without a doubt that she will always get the hugs and cuddles she needs, along with the knowledge and tools for her to grow and succeed. I actually moved from Escondido to Rancho Bernardo and drive every morning a little extra just to keep her there.

    Bonnie - KinderCare Parent
  • My daughter did not hesitate one bit stepping into her classroom and joining in on the fun they were having. She feels right at home, and I feel very safe leaving her there everyday. My worries are gone when I drop her off knowing she is receiving exceptional care and love. It is so hard choosing a childcare with all of the horror stories out there. I checked this place out as well as a few others and prayed for my intuition to help me in making my decision. My gut told me KinderCare in Escondido was the right place for us to be. My daughter felt loved by Amy before she even began attending this care facility. We have been proven to have made the right choice!

    Devin - KinderCare Parent
  • We started our daughter in the Prekindergarten class. I can't say enough about the staff and classroom experience. They were so wonderful with helping her have a good first day and great experience overall. Everyone was so nice and made her feel welcome and as a parent that we made the right choice. We are also very impressed with the class and what she has been learning. From painting to creative learning, doing math and English learning notebooks, sight words and outdoor play to name just a few of the activities. We recommend this site to others looking for a good preschool or Prekindergarten program in the area.

    Andrea - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Shannon is very personable. She always has a smile on her face. You can tell she genuinely loves each child with all her heart.

    Anonymous - KinderCare Parent
  • Ms. Eunice has the perfect balance between keeping my son engaged, but also giving him a little freedom. She is very tolerant of him, even though he can be a handful at times. I enjoy talking to her when I pick up my son.

    Anonymous - KinderCare Parent

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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.

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