Alycia Tucker, Center Director
Meet Alycia Tucker, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Alycia Tucker! She is the Center Director at Mission Viejo KinderCare in California. Alycia attended Concordia University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2016. Every day, Alycia enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein. Outside of work, Alycia enjoys spending time with her family, game nights, and crafting.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Mission Viejo 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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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!
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!
We have nothing but the very best to say about Mission Viejo KinderCare. Our son truly loves the teachers he has had since being here, like Ms. Amy when he was a baby to Ms. Jo, Ms. Silvia, and Ms. Bailey now that he is a toddler. He has learned so much and is always happy to go to school. We have no worries when we drop him off because we know he is safe, happy, and loved.”
Jesse and Laura - KinderCare Parent
We are so comfortable with Shannon, and I think she's been doing an excellent job in the new position. Shannon, Ms. Jo, Ms. Lisa all have such good humanity, and I feel like it's family when I get my son each day. My son loves it there and way more than his preschool he attends through district before he arrives. Please let the staff know how pleased and appreciative we are to have them all! We love all our girls! Keep up the good work..”
Crystal D. - KinderCare Parent
I’m in leadership development and deal with building organizational culture and environment and wanted to point out that the facility I can speak for, Mission Viejo KinderCare, under Director Alycia Tucker, has a beautiful environment and I would recommend anyone take their children to that center in a heartbeat.
My wife and I had decided to use KinderCare early on and didn’t realize the partners we were taking on. Only recently has it really hit me, how wonderful the teachers my children have had and still have and how much they have been a part of our family. My son is now 9 and daughter almost 3. My son still to this day talks to his former teachers and they still ask him all about his life and new school.
My daughter is always excited when I pick her up and all her little friends are always excited. There are always amazing activities, photos, and projects to see on the daily feed. Our children are happy and well cared for which allows us to go to work and trust the people who watch our children with peace of mind. I know I will miss a few, because I don’t know all their names, but thank you very much to: Alycia Tucker, Mrs. Silvia, Mrs. Sarifa, Ms. Melissa, Mrs. Mahsa, Ms. Nichole, Mrs. Stacy, Mr. Daniel, and everyone else. Thank you all for helping to keep our kids happy!”
Jeffrey R. - 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 Mission Viejo 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 Mission Viejo 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.