Laguna Niguel & Aliso Viejo

Our before and after school care provides opportunities for your child to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from kindergarten through 8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports and recreation, homework support, club curriculum, and technology that allow students to engage in the learning process and have fun with friends at the same time!

Location Information

Location
111 Park Avenue
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Director: Paula Darden
Site Phone Number: (949)233-0209
Email: pdarden@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Paula Darden

I have been working for the YMCA since 2005! I have my Bachelor of Science in University Studies with concentrations in Speech, Family Consumer Science, and Health from Western Michigan University.  I love working with children and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  As the mother of three teenagers, I have learned that strengthening my understanding of families & health is vital, not just to my work at the YMCA, but in my personal life as well.  I love seeing children achieve a growing relationship with friends, academic success and strong moral character. I enjoy creating a safe, positive & fun learning environment for teens to enjoy while at the YMCA.

Location
25302 Rancho Niguel Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Michelle Becerra
Site Phone Number: (949)643-0721
Email: mbecerra@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300607105
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

  • Before and After School Care
  • Kindergarten Plus
  • Mandarin Kindergarten Plus
  • Mandarin Learning Bridge
  • Summer Day Camp

Director Michelle Becerra

Hi, my name is Michelle Becerra I have been with the YMCA for almost 11 years. Before the YMCA, I worked in a preschool program while attending the University of CA, Santa Barbara for my bachelor’s degree. I love my position because I can do everything from working with the children, marketing, budgeting, and making sure everything is running smoothly here at my site. I have developed longtime relationships with my families and staff here at Bergeson.

Location
27800 Oak View Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Director: Charmaine Foree
Site Phone Number: (949) 831-1264
Email: cforee@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Charmaine Foree

Location
26278 Wood Canyon
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Director: Tamara Pitts
Site Phone Number: (949) 360-5907
Email: tpitts@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270707
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Tamara Pitts

I have over 10 years experience working with children in the elementary, middle school and high school setting. I have always had a passion working with kids. After graduating with my Bachelors in Business, I began the teaching credential and masters program in elementary education. Half way through the program I realized I wanted to help kids in a different way. I changed my major and graduated with a Masters in Criminal Justice. My goal was to work with youth who found themselves in trouble and needed a positive role model. Working for The Y has allowed me to not only mentor the children in our after school program but the staff, and other participants as well.

The YMCA has became such an important part of my life over the past 6 years. I have had the pleasure of seeing a group of kids start in Kindergarten and now grow all the way to fifth grade. It is such an amazing feeling to be a part of the community and having the opportunity to be a great role model for the kids, parents and staff.

Location
26278 Wood Canyon
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Lead: Shraddha Waghela
Site Director: Paula Darden
Site Phone Number: (949) 360-9517
Email: swaghela@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7am-6pm

Year Round Programs

Site Lead Shraddha Waghela

I have a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Social Policy Public Service from the University of California Irvine. ZOT ZOT! I discovered my love for working with children by chance when I decided to volunteer at a non-profit near my University. Only after three months of volunteering with the kids I knew I had found my purpose. If I am not working, you can find me with my head buried in a book.

“The more you read the more things you know. The more you learn the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Suess

Director Paula Darden

I have been working for the YMCA since 2005! I have my Bachelor of Science in University Studies with concentrations in Speech, Family Consumer Science, and Health from Western Michigan University.  I love working with children and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  As the mother of three teenagers, I have learned that strengthening my understanding of families & health is vital, not just to my work at the YMCA, but in my personal life as well.  I love seeing children achieve a growing relationship with friends, academic success and strong moral character. I enjoy creating a safe, positive & fun learning environment for teens to enjoy while at the YMCA.

Location
25422 Chapparosa Park
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Upni Kaur
Site Phone Number: (949)495-4619
Email: ukaur@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300610617
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Upni Kaur

Hello! I am excited to be a part of the George White team and honored to be a part of the YMCA. I have a Master’s degree in Psychology, specializing in Child and Adolescent Development, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. I have worked with the Y for several years and I spent two of those years as Assistant Director in Mission Viejo. I look forward to being at George White every day and being a part of this amazing program full of great kids!

Location
25142 Hidden Hills Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Marissa Bellon
Site Phone Number: (949) 249-6110
Email: mbellon@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270062
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Marissa Bellon

My name is Marissa. I have been with the YMCA since 2005. I started as a Kindergarten Plus teacher and worked my way up to the Director. I graduated from Mission Viejo High School and attended Saddleback College. My job is my passion. Being able to watch the kids grow brings such joy to me. I truly enjoy being able to help guide them in all aspects of life, whether it is completing their homework, building gardens or working on respecting others and themselves. It is great to be able to manage my staff and watch them work with the children as well.

Location
27922 Niguel Heights
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Juan Martinez
Site Phone Number: ( 949)215-2030
Email: jmartinez@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270940
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Juan Martinez

Location
32261 Charles Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Belen Garcia de la Vega
Site Phone Number: (949)363-7085
Email: bgarciadelavega@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270064
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Belen Garcia de la Vega

I was born in Argentina, and moved to California when I was little, so I can speak Spanish and English fluently. I studied Human and Child Development at Irvine Valley College and first started working for CUSD in the bilingual preschool programs in San Clemente. I joined the YMCA in 2012 and started working for the elementary school programs for the last 7 years before transitioning into the Teen Club. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, listening to music, traveling, dancing, and occasionally doing yoga in the park. I strive to help make the YMCA feel like a safe, fun, and creative space for everyone to enjoy.

Location
29851 Highlands
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Michelle Proby
Site Phone Number: (949) 363-7507
Email: mproby@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300606175
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Michelle Proby

Bio coming soon..

Location
29070 Paseo Escuela
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Lead: Erfaan Rezaienia
Site Director: Paula Darden
Site Phone Number: (949) 244-1279
Email: erezaienia@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7am-6pm

Year Round Programs

Site Lead Erfaan Rezaienia

I grew up in Irvine, California and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management at California State University, Fullerton. Hobbies of mine include listening to alternative rock music, reading historical books, going out with friends, and watching NBA games on television. My objective at the YMCA is to commit myself to the safety of students and guide them to a positive future.

Director Paula Darden

Hi!  My name is Paula Darden and I have been working for the YMCA since 2005! I have my Bachelor of Science in University Studies with concentrations in Speech, Family Consumer Science, and Health from Western Michigan University.  I love working with children and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  As the mother of three teenagers, I have learned that strengthening my understanding of families & health is vital, not just to my work at the YMCA, but in my personal life as well.  I love seeing children achieve a growing relationship with friends, academic success and strong moral character. I enjoy creating a safe, positive & fun learning environment for teens to enjoy while at the YMCA.

Location
22705 Sanborn
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Director: Lori Silva
Assistant Director: Dorthyann Young
Site Phone Number: (949) 360-1427
Email: lsilva@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270291
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Lori Silva

Hi, my name is Lori Silva and I specialize in Human Development from my college courses with a few in special needs courses. I also have my YMCA of the USA Director Training Certificate. As a teenager, I volunteered at a child care center which gave me the inspiration to work with children. It wasn’t until I moved out to California from Tucson that I was prompted to begin my career in preschool. I worked in a preschool for 12 years and then decided to work with school-age children. I started with the YMCA in 2011. Over the years I have realized that children have just as much to teach me as I have to teach them. What I like the most about my position is watching a child grow into a young adult. I have many visits form children that have graduated from high school and are entering into college. It touches my heart that they still remember me.

Location
23431 Knollwood
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Director: Debra Flores
Site Phone Number: (949) 363-7087
Email: dflores@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270074
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Debra Flores

Hi, my name is Debra Flores and I’ve been with the YMCA for over 10 years. I want all my students to know how amazing they are, how important they are and that they can do and become anything they want. When I was younger I had a hard time with school. I had a teacher who, without her help, I would have never graduated high school, nor would I have attended college. It is my hope that maybe I can help students to believe in themselves and help them succeed in their goals.

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