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
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 Darde

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
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: Kaitlin Eckert
Site Phone Number: (949) 831-1264
Email: keckert@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304370044
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Kaitlin Eckert

Hi, my name is Kaitlin Eckert. I have worked for the YMCA of Orange County since 2013. I originally started my YMCA career in San Diego in 2006 by running summer youth camps. I am originally from Escondido, California and graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. I love working for the YMCA and being able to provide our families and children with a quality program.

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 Director: Araceli Godoy
Site Phone Number: (949) 360-9517
Email: agodoy@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7am-6pm

Year Round Programs

Director Araceli Godoy

Hello! My name is Araceli Godoy and I have worked for the YMCA for three years – enjoying every single day of it! I have worked with middle school and high school students for over ten years and believe working with teenagers keeps me young. Middle schoolers have a special place in my heart because I had a hard time at that age and had great teachers that were there for me. I hope to help students during this awkward and important time in their life.

My philosophy is “If life give you lemons, plant the seeds and watch the fruit it produces.”

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

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: Kimberly Garcia
Site Phone Number: ( 949)215-2030
Email: kgarcia@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270940
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Kimberly Garcia

My name is Kimberly Garcia and I’m the Child Care Director at Laguna Niguel YMCA. I was born and raised in Orange County and attended Irvine Valley College to expand my education in Child Development. I’ve had the privilege to work alongside amazing teachers and staff that have motivated me to pursue a career in Child Care. I have worked with children for about six years and can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Working with children every day encourages me to be a living example of what I teach: Kindness, Fairness, Responsibility, Respectfulness, and Caring. It’s an honor to be part of these children’s lives and have the opportunity to encourage, inspire, and fortify. Throughout the year we participate in community events, encourage the children to reduce reuse and recycle, and to care for the elderly. As a team, our goal is to create an inviting, safe, and fun environment for the kids and their families!

Location
32261 Charles Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Katie Salari
Site Phone Number: (949)363-7085
Email: ksalari@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270064
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Katie Salari

I have been working for the YMCA for over seven years. I started with the Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego while I was attending San Diego State University.  I was there for 5 years, working at Toler Elementary during the school year and leading summer camps at the main branch during the summer.  I moved to Germany and worked for the Army’s Child and Youth Services at a youth center on a military base in Stuttgart for several years.  When I moved back to California, I knew I had to work for the Y again.  I’ve been with the YMCA of Orange County since January of 2016.

In between my junior and senior year of high school I took a trip to Russia to run a summer camp for kids in an orphanage.  From that moment, I knew that I wanted a job where I could make a difference.  I’ve kept in touch with many of the children from that orphanage and have seen how much an adult can make a difference in a child’s life.  That is the driving force behind my passion for working with kids!

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

Hello, My name is Michelle Proby

Location
29070 Paseo Escuela
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Site Director: Yadira Delgado
Site Phone Number: (949) 244-1279
Email: ydelgado@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7am-6pm

Year Round Programs

Director Yadira Delgado

Hello my name is Yadira Delgado. I have worked for the YMCA for over 15 years. I started off as an assistant at the Hidden Hills Elementary YMCA site. I have worked my way up to a Site Lead for the Niguel Hills Middle School YMCA Teen Club. I enjoy many things about my job. But one of them is the great communication I have with parents and teens. I’m fortunate to have worked with teens that I’ve known since kindergarten!

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: Stacey Kohler
Site Phone Number: (949) 363-7087
Email: skohler@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270074
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

Year Round Programs

Director Stacey Kohler

My name is Stacey Kohler.  I have been working for the YMCA since 2009 and I have been a child care director since 2012.  I graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Education and Child and Family Services.  I love working for the YMCA and I love being able to provide a high-quality and meaningful program for the children and families.

Location
27102 Foxborough
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Site Director: Pamela Kowalski
Phone Number: (949) 542-3902
Email: pkowalski@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Journey School YMCA!

We are very excited to bring our family-focused educational services to your school. We offer and array of options to support the needs of the families and the school curriculum. We look forward to talking with and meeting you!