Celida Banuelos, Center Director
Meet Celida Banuelos, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2008
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Celida Banuelos! She is the Center Director at Scripps Ranch KinderCare in San Diego, California. Celida holds an Early Childhood Education certificate. She has been with KinderCare since 2008. Every day, Celida enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Education is the passport for the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcom X. Outside of work, Celida enjoys hiking, running, yoga, and traveling.
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.
Scripps Ranch 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.
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.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
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.)
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!
Music and Me
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!
It gives us peace of mind that our children are being cared for by the attentive teachers and staff at Scripps Ranch KinderCare. Our children have exhibited major learning developments at the center and look forward to going to the center each day. The teachers make learning fun and show vested interest in the growth and safety of our children. We would definitely recommend the Scripps Ranch KinderCare to our friends and family.”
Ruben and Monica - KinderCare Parent
Hello KinderCare,<br /> My name is Ian. I've asked my mom to help me write this letter since I'm still learning how to use a pencil. I want to start by staying that I love my friends in my class. They are my best friends. I even consider my teachers to be my best friends. I even like playing with them and I think Miss Bibi is fun too. They take very good care of me. They help me with art, they read to me, they help me with my social skills (mostly because social skills are still pretty new for me), they help me eat, and they are even helping me with potty training! My mom loves that part! They are patient and don't give up on me when I've had a hard day. Best part is, they always tell my mom when I've had and exceptionally good day! That means I get an apple crusher or a chocolate milk! That rocks! I've learned a lot in my class and I'm growing up so fast. It's so important for kids like me to feel well taken care of. It helps us establish trust and also a sense of confidence! I know one day I will have to leave KinderCare, but I hope my teachers always remember how much I appreciated them. OK. I have to go to bed now... Thank you KinderCare! -Ian”
Sarah B. - KinderCare Parent
KinderCare has been such a great experience for our family. Our daughter has learned so much and we've made such wonderful friends. We even do play-dates with other families on the weekends! The staff is knowledgeable and very personable. The whole Scripps Ranch KinderCare team made my transition to San Diego and our first Preschool experience very easy.”
Jennifer B. - KinderCare Parent
My family and I just moved from Los Angeles to San Diego and were looking for a daycare for our four-year-old daughter. I visited with eight other facilities close to home and work, but none of them provided the “total package” we were looking for.
We were ready to settle on a daycare that was just “okay”, since we rationalized that my daughter would be graduating to Kindergarten in four months, but I decided to stop by KinderCare just to make sure we covered all of our options. And I’m so glad I did. From the moment I walked in, I was greeted by a teacher using her break time to go over a fun activity she was preparing for the class. She then directed me towards Danielle to go over any questions I had about the facility. Danielle was so helpful and “bubbly” and took her time to explain goals, instruction, schedules, etc. to make sure all of my questions and concerns were addressed. Mind you, I didn’t have an appointment, but at no point did I ever feel like I was rushed. They sincerely valued the opportunity to give me all the information I needed in order to make the best decision for my family.
One thing that really caught my attention was, when I went to see the class my daughter would eventually be attending, the students were so engaged and attentive to a story the teacher was telling. As a matter of fact, ALL of the students were sitting, listening and focused on the story and not distracted by even a passerby like myself. This was important to me as it gave me an idea of how the teacher can captivate a student’s imagination, while creating an environment of learning, structure, discipline, entertainment, knowledge and trust. It also helps to know that my daughter’s would-be teacher won educator of the year!
It’s been approximately two months since my daughter was enrolled and started school at KinderCare. I am happy to say that she absolutely LOVES it! She’s told me several times that she loves going to school, she loves the teachers and immediately made friends with the other kids (even though she didn’t know some of their names). Enrolling our daughter at KinderCare was one of the best decisions we’ve made.”
Micheal B. - 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 Scripps Ranch 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 Scripps Ranch 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.