Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest & Ladera Ranch

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
23371 Arroyo Vista
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Site Director: Kandice Frazier
Site Phone Number: (949) 589-8502
Email: kfrazier@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300614092
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Kandice Frazier

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Location
27642 Napoli Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Site Director: Terri Bowles
Site Phone Number: (949) 363-7089
Email: tbowles@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270065
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Terri Bowles

Hi,my name is Terri Bowles and I have an A.A. degree in Advertising Design, a B.S. degree in Human Services, and an M.S. degree for Counseling, Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. I am currently an MFT Intern with a non-profit organization where I specialize in family and child therapy. I plan to become a licensed therapist with an emphasis on children with developmental disabilities and/or behavioral issues. I have over 20 years experience working with children of all abilities. I have been with the YMCA since 2010. Previously, I had been an assistant director for a large capacity childcare organization, supervising over 150 children. Additionally, I worked for several years with disabled individuals. I think the best part of being a director for the YMCA is that each day is unique. I never know what the day will bring: laughter, tears, challenges, victories, opportunities to encourage and boost a child’s self-esteem and become a memorable part of a child’s life. The spontaneity keeps me on my toes!

Location
27252 Nubles
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Site Director: Uma Alahari
Site Phone Number: (949) 364-5869
Email: ualahari@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300613923
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Uma Alahari

My name is Uma Alahari and I am the Director of the Carl Hankey YMCA. As an education professional with fifteen years national and international experience in PK – 12 education from India, New Zealand and United States, I carry with me a wealth of knowledge. I have a very strong educational background with a Ph.D. in Child Development and Early Childhood Education.

I believe in a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum. My focus would be to provide opportunities for children to explore and learn through responsive relationships with people and environment. I see the role of the teacher as a facilitator who can engage, support, and extend children’s curiosity and dispositions to lifelong learning. At Carl Hankey, we design a program in which parents and teachers develop a partnership in the child’s care and education. I am very excited to work with all the children, teachers and families at Carl Hankey.

Location
24042 Via La Coruna
Mission Viejo CA 92691

Site Director: Jessie Harlan
Site Phone Number: (949) 586-0215
Email: jharlan@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300613925
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Jessie Harlan

Hi, I am Jessica I’m the Director at Castille YMCA! I have been working with children of various ages for the last 8 years.  I graduated from California State University, Chico with my degree in Child Development.  I come from a large family consisting of past educators and I’m an advocate for children’s education. I love working with the children at the YMCA and am so happy to be here!

Location
29001 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Site Director: Caitlin Bennett
Site Phone Number: (949) 364-2082
Email: cmbennett@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270831
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Caitlin Bennett

I have been with the YMCA for 7 and a half years. I am so fortunate to be excited about work and love what I do. I get to foster a passion for learning and discovery in the children that I work with each and every day. Nothing is better than getting to see my kids excited over a new science project and a new opportunity to learn!

Location
5 Aprender Street
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

Site Director: Jose Tabarez
Site Phone Number: (949)380-3502
Email: jtabarez@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270831
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Jose Tabarez

Hi, my name is Jose Tabarez and I have a B.S. degree in Liberal Studies at the San Diego State University and I have been attending Saddleback College to learn sign language. I love going to school and learning new things. I started working for the YMCA in 2010. I worked for the Y during summer camps for about three years before I started working for our ASES (Afterschool Education and Safety Program) program for which I became the director. My focus was the academic aspect of the program to ensure the academic success of every child. Although my goal in life is to one day become a professor at a four-year institution, my desire to work with elementary school grows each second I get to spend with my kids here at the Y. Who knows, maybe I will become an elementary teacher at some point!

Location
29551 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Site Director: Kylie Toy
Site Phone Number: (949) 364-3089
Email: ktoy@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304370042
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Kylie Toy

I have worked at the Ladera Ranch YMCA childcare site since 2012. I started here at 18 years old as a Childcare Assistant and climbed the ranks over the years while furthering my education. Prior to my time at the YMCA, I volunteered in elementary school classrooms and established tutoring programs at five local elementary schools to help bridge the academic gap found within the classroom. Concurrent with working at the YMCA, I also led the UCI chapter for School on Wheels, which tutors, mentors, and works closely with children in the homeless community. I also spent time interning at Olive Crest with foster and adopted children. The children at all the places I worked came from a diverse set of backgrounds, but had a single similarity: they needed the love, kindness, and patience that are required for their growth and development. I am fully devoted to the success and excellence of this site, and ensure that each leader is fully committed to the well-being of each of their students.

Location
25862 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Site Director: Bonifacio Santacruz
Site Phone Number: (949) 766-2831
Email: bsantacruz@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270521
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Bonifacio Santacruz

Greetings! My name is Bonifacio Santacruz and I am excited to be a part of the YMCA family and look forward to helping the program at Las Flores continue to succeed. I have B.A.s in Liberal Studies and Spanish Literature from the University of Redlands and have been working with children in public and private education since 2010. I have taught students of all ages, ranging from kindergarten to high school seniors. I love having the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of our students and inspiring them to be problem solvers.

My teaching philosophy is simple: each student can reach his or her highest learning potential when given the right learning environment and techniques. Knowing the challenges that students face in the classroom, our team at Las Flores YMCA will ensure that the clubs and activities encourage students to think critically and help them have success in the classroom. My goal is for everyone here to have success inside and outside of the classroom.

Location
25862 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Site Director: Evan Sickles
Site Phone Number: 949-258-9227
Email: esickles@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7:00am-6:00pm

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Director Evan Sickles

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Location
25001 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Site Director: Brandon Dalton
Site Phone Number: 949-258-9225
Email: bdalton@ymcaoc.org
Hours: 7:00am-6:00pm

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Director Brandon Dalton

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Location
30251 Sienna Parkway
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Site Director: Leah Johnson
Site Phone Number: 949-388-0631
Email: ljohnson@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304370209
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Leah Johnson

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Location
22882 Loumont Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Site Director:
Site Phone Number: 949-380-3502
Email: jjett@ymcaoc.org
License Number: In Process
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director

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Location
23000 Via Santa Maria
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Site Director: Jessica Espinosa
Site Phone Number: 949-380-3502
Email: jespinosa@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 300613971
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Jessica Espinosa

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Location
24171 Pavion
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Site Director: Pamela Chiang
Site Phone Number: 949-587-1440
Email: pchiang@ymcaoc.org
Facility Number: 300611754
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Pamela Chiang

My devotion of working with children began in 2007, while I worked for the Placentia – Yorba Linda School District. After earning my degree in sociology, my passion for children and learning evolved to wanting to serve in the Peace Corps. While abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I worked in youth and community development program for a few years. Eventually, these adventures lead me to continue my career path in youth and community development with the YMCA of Orange County. I am thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization that promotes healthy living, and has positively impacted communities and families all over the world, and continues to do so every day.

Location
23072 Avenida Empresa
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Site Director: Oana Elias
Site Phone Number: 949-635-9622
Email: oelias@ymcaoc.org
License Number: 304270708
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Oana Elias

Hi, my name is Oana Elias and I have a B.S. degree in Childhood Development from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at the YMCA I ran a preschool for 8 years. I started working at the YMCA in 2016 and have enjoyed getting to know all the amazing families and children at Tijeras Creek!

Location
30912 Bridle Path
Coto de Caza, CA 92679

Site Director: Jessica Willis
Site Phone Number: 949-766-9120
Email: jwillis@ymcaoc.org
Facility Number: 304270352
Hours: 6:45am-6:00pm

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Director Jessica Willis

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