Dina Parra, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Dina Parra, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2022
Education: Child Development Associate
Favorite Children's Book: Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Meet Dina Parra! She is the Center Director at Torrey Pines KinderCare in Las Vegas, NV. Dina attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her Child Development Associate credential. She joined KinderCare this year, and before that she was a director. Outside of work, Dina enjoys taking road trips, having spa days, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go..." - Dr. Seuss
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.
Torrey Pines 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.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
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.)
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!
Over the past five years, we have had two children in the KinderCare Torrey Pines Center. When selecting a daycare provider for our children, we were very aware that we weren't just choosing a place where our children would be safe, but that we were choosing people who would help us nurture and shape our children into the people they are going to become. Our oldest son is now in a very academically challenging kindergarten at a local charter school and having a very positive and successful year. We know this is in part because of the social and academic preparation he received at KinderCare. Our two year old is thriving under the care of the amazing staff. It is abundantly clear, just from walking through the school, that the children are the priority. We feel confident in the foundation our children are receiving at KinderCare, and highly recommend this KinderCare center to anyone and everyone we talk to about childcare. Thank you!”
Amy R. - KinderCare Parent
My wife and I enrolled our grandson in KinderCare September 2011. This was the second child care facility he attended. The first facility was adequate and safe, but I felt they had own agenda and the best interest of my grandson was secondary. After his first semester, we did what we should have done originally, we visited and spent time at six child care facilities. I have been an educator for the last 35 years teaching grades 1-8 as well as a principal in charge of a very large middle school. I feel very qualified to evaluate educational facilities. Having guardianship of my grandson, I was very concerned with not only academic preparation, but the all-important social development, since his interaction with peers is almost nonexistent at home. The minute I set foot in KinderCare, my gut gave me a "good" feeling. I had one more facility to visit and immediately came back and reserved a spot for him at KinderCare.
Our grandson, a reserved and somewhat shy four-and-a-half year old, was instantly made to feel comfortable. He honestly came home the first day telling us he wanted "to go back tomorrow." That was the first indication that the right decision was made. After three weeks, he was talking about the kids he was playing with and the things they were doing in class. KinderCare seemed to ignite the "spark" of excitement for school. My grandson started Kindergarten in the public school in September and he has already mastered the standards for Kindergarten for the entire year. The success our grandson is experiencing in Kindergarten already (after only a few weeks) is due, in very large part, to KinderCare's director Ms. Carol. As with any educational facility it is only as effective as its educational leader. Ms. Carol makes it her duty to keep current with state and national standards. She is diligent in making sure her program mirrors the rigorous demands as expected from the Department of Education. She goes about placing the most qualified available teachers on her faculty. Her involvement in the classroom does NOT stop there. She is a very hands-on director. It is great to see her "get her hands dirty" along with the teachers and students. Everyone at KinderCare welcomes and encourages parents to be involved. Ms. Carol and her staff communicate what is being done in the classroom so parents can be on the same page and provide the best reinforcement for their students.
About three months after starting KinderCare, there was a family miscommunication and our grandson was not picked up for an hour after his usual time. Ms. Carol called and was truly more upset that something may have happened to us rather than being late to pick up our grandson. As our grandson began his second semester, Ms. Carol talked with us about having him start a Phonics program. Through their observations and assessments, and our input, it was determined to have our grandson start about the mid-semester. Our grandson flourished. The proof is already being demonstrated these first two weeks of Kindergarten. Again, this illustrates the "best interests of the child" are KinderCare's top priority.
It was difficult to leave KinderCare. We were made to feel and treated as family. Although saddened to leave, we embark on new educational frontiers confident our grandson has the very best foundation established. I'm sure there are other child care facilities available that could provide as good a level of care as KinderCare, but I am convinced no other facility could top the level of a care provided by Carol Dominguez and her facility.”
Jonathan - 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 Torrey Pines 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 Torrey Pines 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.