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Heritage Hill KinderCare

Opening Soon: This center is not open yet—but the countdown is on! To learn more about KinderCare and this location, please complete the contact form on this page. We’ll be in touch soon. (Updated: February 28, 2024)

Address: 21791 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Ages: 6 weeks to 5 years
Open hours:
Center Director: Stephanie Strand

Welcome to Heritage Hill KinderCare

Welcome to the brand new Heritage Hill KinderCare, opening in Summer 2024 and serving 108 children. To stay connected and be the first to know when enrollment opens, just complete the contact form on the right!  Need care right away? We might have an open center location nearby with available space right now (you can always transfer to this new location later)!  Contact our Family Support team at 1-888-525-2780 or email for help finding another center near you.

Once this new center opens, we’ll send you updates about the director, tuition rates, and upcoming tours. Stay tuned for our monthly emails until we’re ready to kick off Open Enrollment.

Address: 21791 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Stephanie Strand, Our Center Director

Meet Stephanie Strand, Our Center Director

At KinderCare Since: 2013

Education: Degree in Liberal Studies

Favorite Children's Book: Where the Wild Things Are

Meet Stephanie Strand! She is the Center Director at Heritage Hill KinderCare in Lake Forest, CA. Stephanie attended California State University, Long Beach where she earned a Liberal Studies degree and a multi-subject credential. She has been with KinderCare for eleven years. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys traveling with family. 

Explore this new location.   

Let’s take a peek at what’s inside: 

  • 3 infant classrooms (teacher-to-child ratio of 1:4)
  • 3 toddler classrooms (ratio of 1:4)
  • 2 discovery preschool classrooms (ratio of 1:8)
  • 1 preschool classroom (ratio of 1:12)
  • 1 prekindergarten classroom (ratio of 1:12)
  • A modern playground and spacious indoor gym

Your child will thrive here.

In our classrooms, little discoveries come with big smiles and lots of laughter! 

Here’s what you’ll find:

Everything is kid-sized. We put books and toys within easy reach so kids can direct their own play and learning experiences.

An expert-designed curriculum that focuses on age-appropriate education in literacy, numeracy, STEM, physical education, and more.

Talented, trained, and top-notch teachers who support your child every step of the way. 

We’ll fuel the fun with delicious, nutritious meals and snacks provided throughout the day (and included in your tuition)! 

Ready for a tour?

We’ll be ready to kick off tours at the center 4–6 weeks before our grand opening. Keep an eye out for the invitation!

Flexible Full- and Part-time Care Options 

We offer full-time care for infants and toddlers, and part-time schedules for discovery preschool through prekindergarten. Explore our programs here to find the perfect fit for your child’s age.

State-, County-, or Agency- Sponsored Child Care Assistance Programs   

When this new center celebrates its first birthday, we’ll be able to support families that require financial assistance. 

If you require a child care assistance program, we encourage you to try another nearby KinderCare. With over 1,500 centers around the nation, there’s a good chance there’s one right in your neighborhood!

Thank you for inquiring with us—we can’t wait to meet you!

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Heritage Hill 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!

Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)

KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum 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.)

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!

Family Stories

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center! If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you offer part-time schedules at Heritage Hill KinderCare?

How does naptime work at Heritage Hill KinderCare?

Do you support alternative diets?

Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

About KinderCare

at KinderCare, our accreditation equals excellence. Contact one of our daycares today!
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at KinderCare, our accreditation equals excellence. Contact one of our daycares today!
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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.
at KinderCare, our accreditation equals excellence. Contact one of our daycares today!
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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!

Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children
Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children

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.

An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers

Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.

This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart

Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!

Daycare teacher at KinderCare helping young children

Gallup - Great Workplace Award

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.

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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.

Young family ready to go to their local KinderCare daycare center
KinderCare Family
KinderCare Family
Young family ready to go to their local KinderCare daycare center
KinderCare Family
KinderCare Family

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.

This Inspirational Family Puts Love First

Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.

A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"

When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.

Young family ready to go to their local KinderCare daycare center
KinderCare Family
KinderCare Family
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