Del Mar Highlands KinderCare
Meet Kristina Burgess, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Development with a concentration in Child Development
Favorite Children's Book: Love You Forever
Meet Kristina Burgess! She is the Center Director at Del Mar Highlands KinderCare in San Diego, California. Kristina attended California State University, San Bernardino, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Development. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Child Development. She has been with KinderCare since 2020, and before that she was a teacher and a system assessor for childcare sites. Outside of work, Kristina enjoys working out and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about." - Plato
Del Mar Highlands 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
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!
“ We had the pleasure of having our son in the pre-k program for 2 years. We feel so lucky to have had the best experience at this center. Mrs. Amanda was our son’s teacher. She is the absolute best teacher that makes every single day a fun, creative, and wonderful learning experience for the kids. Our son has learned so much! It’s so impressive all of the areas they cover in this program. Because of Mrs. Amanda and their program, now our son is very well prepared for Kindergarten this fall. His reading, writing, math, confidence and he can count to 30 in four languages. My husband and I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed we chose KinderCare. The center is clean, very well-maintained, and they put so much effort into making sure the center has a wide variety of items for projects. Thank you so much KinderCare and Mrs. Amanda for everything!!! We will miss you all!Show more
“ Awesome school! We are from India and our four-year-old son only knows our mother language. When he started his school, he cried so much, but Miss Amanda and Miss Meghan gave him enough care and cooling period to settle down. Within two months he started picking up the language and I'm amazed of his vocabulary now. When he started, he knew only alphabets and numbers. Now he is writing words, doing addition problems, and a little reading with sight words. Happy that the teachers are not only academic, but also teach the kids using good manners. They helped my son grow so much academically and personally. There are not enough words to express our gratitude. Thank you Miss Amanda and Miss Meghan for your kind support and care for the kids. Most of all, our son loves the teachers and his friends more. Now he is saying he doesn't want to leave the school to join kindergarten because he loves being in KinderCare so much. Miss Elba, Miss Maria, Miss Melissa, and all the other teachers are welcoming the kids and parents with a warm smile. Besides, every teacher knows the name of each child. Thank you KinderCare!Show more
“ My daughter recently finished her KinderCare journey, starting at 3 months in the infant classroom through Pre-K. It was a great and transformative experience for her, and has definitely more than prepared her very well for Kindergarten!KinderCare was basically her home away from home. Some of the highlights I want to share that significantly helped us at home include: assistance with potty-training, becoming more independent during meals, being exposed to a variety of foods, being able to interact with many kids/different background, learning social skills, building self-esteem with share days (books/toys), and reading/writing/math in Pre-K. And of course lots of ART, a great activity to help express herself.We liked the structured schedule of the day with a good mixture of indoor/outdoor activities. Summer is a great time with many fun activities during camp including water days and more art projects.The directors and staff are amazing! Many thanks to the directors, Ms. Katrina and Ms. Johana. Thank you for a super job making each day go smoothly and adjusting to all health protocols and requirements during the past 1-2 years (checking in/releasing all the kids at front door).Also special thanks to Ms. Amanda. We had the privilege of having her as the pre-K teacher not only for our recent pre-K grad but also our 12 year-old son who also attended the same site.Thank you for making the classroom such a fun and loving environment and challenging the kids to learn and be kind!I can’t say enough good things about the Del Mar Highlands KC site and the staff – you are truly superheroes in our community. Thank you again for partnering with us during these early critical years of development.Show more
“ My wife and I have no regrets in choosing Del Mar Highlands KinderCare. I have visited 10+ daycare centers around my neighborhood when looking fora decent daycare center for my kids, and finally decided to choose Del Mar Highlands KinderCare.What attracted me to Del Mar Highlands KinderCare was that every teacher I met there are so friendly and warm-hearted. It seemed to me that the teachers truly care about each child. It’s also worth mentioning that the facility was newly built in 2019 and the classrooms are very clean and the outdoor playground area is safe.When my kids first enrolled with Del Mar Highlands KinderCare, they joined the Pre-school classroom first with teacher Mrs. Roxsana and later transitioned to Pre-K class with teacher Mrs. Amanda. My kids LOVE both teachers. Mrs. Roxsana and Mrs. Amanda are both very caring, patient, and skilled in teaching the kids based on each individual’s learning level and speed. I have seen my kids growing from two little shy toddlers into two confident 5-yr olds who greet and talk to every stranger they meet. They even request Amazon Echo to play their favorite songs that they learned from school. I am surprised and impressed about the number of songs they learned from school and can sing along.Also I really like the KinderCare app that provides daily updates and reports to the parents with photos, videos and teacher’s notes.I would recommend any parent to plan ahead to sign up for KinderCare at Del Mar Highlands because great places have long waitlists.Show more
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Child Care You Can Trust
It’s More Than Daycare, It’s KinderCare!
Whether your child is just starting to explore the world or on their way to big-kid school, we have exactly what they need to foster their love of learning and build confidence. See proof that our Early Foundations® curriculum prepares kids for kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond!
Leading the way as America’s most accredited child care provider.
Meet Our Classroom Heroes
From ABCs and 123s to social-emotional skills and problem-solving, our amazing teachers build kindergarten readiness and Confidence for Life™.
See how they bring learning to life at every age and stage!
Babies Are Reaching New Milestones
Babies are giggling, wiggling, and exploring the world one tiny step at a time! In our infant classrooms, little ones are discovering language, experimenting with problem solving, and practicing social and emotional skills.
Toddlers Learn Through Creating, Playing, and Exploring
Toddlers are on the move! At this age, that’s totally normal as they learn and discover the world around them. In our toddler classrooms, they’re building confidence through creating art, learning their ABCs, imaginative play, and so much more.
Discovery Preschoolers Practice Independence
Discovery Preschoolers are channeling their creativity, learning how to express themselves, practicing motor skills, and experimenting with language and literacy in new, exciting ways.
Preschoolers Are Building So Many New Skills
Preschoolers are exploring science experiments, creating artwork, and playing pretend with friends. We’re also boosting literacy and social skills through letter-building and group art projects!
Teachers You Can Trust
When we say we’ve got the best teachers around, we really mean it. You can rest assured that every team member clears rigorous national and state background checks. Plus, our hiring process includes the Gallup® Talent Assessment to make sure we hire educators who have that special something it takes to work with kids.
7-time Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award Winner
Every year we check in with our amazing team to survey how engaged they are, and for 7 years running we’ve earned the Gallup® Exceptional Workplace Award! We’re the first and only early childhood education provider recognized, and one of just four companies worldwide to receive the honor seven years in a row.
Peace of mind from pick-up to drop-off.
Child care isn’t just about caring for children—it’s about families and communities too! We’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. Whenever you step through our front door, you’ll know that you’re in a place where your family is safe, happy, and celebrated for who they are.
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Find your partner in parenting.
Our teachers join forces with families to help kids become lifelong learners while building confidence to live happy and healthy lives.
Take a moment to watch a KinderCare teacher and mom chat about how we’re the ultimate partners in parenting.
Hear from families like yours.
When it comes to deciding on a child care center, we know there’s nothing quite like hearing from other families! Hear what Becky has to say about being a part of the KinderCare community:
“As a parent, I entrust my greatest blessing to the staff at KinderCare every day, and I am grateful for the loving care and guidance he receives. The teachers and director look at each child as an individual, with their own strengths and needs. My son has been blessed with awesome teachers who understand his challenges, and handle him with grace. My child has learned so much and continues to share with me the great activities that go on each day at "school!" Thank you to the KinderCare child care organization for an incredible early childhood curriculum that engages and teaches at all steps of the day, and a special thanks to Karen and her staff; they continue to do amazing works of ‘heart’ with all children.”
- Becky T.