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Andover KinderCare

Ms. Tamara Larson, Center Director

1485 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW Andover MN 55304
(763) 862-3710 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Andover, Crooked Lake, Rum River, Legacy Christian Academy, Wilson

Our center adheres to the highest standards of child care centers, as we are Parent Aware (Highest certification) and NAEYC accredited. Our school has a closed classroom concept and a very expansive playground for our students to play, learn, and grow. Our teachers take great pride in their classrooms and the education and care they give the children in their classes. We are proud to have a team dedicated to providing quality care each and every day!

Welcome

Welcome to the Andover KinderCare! We are especially proud of the fact that our school is NAEYC accredited, serves military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance, and have also been awarded the highest possible rating with the Parent Aware program. We invite you to stop by or call for a tour! Once you meet our incredible staff and see how much our KinderCare has to offer, you’ll know that we offer a wonderful beginning to your child’s education.

Ms. Tamara Larson, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

December's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Teachers & Staff

The Andover KinderCare Learning Center welcomes you to meet our very educated and welcoming staff! We are very passionate about working with children, we love teaching, and we enjoy coming to work each day!  KinderCare has partnered with Anoka families for over 40 years and we are proud to be a part of the community.

  • Ms. Tamara Larson

    Ms. Tamara Larson, Center Director

    Excellence in education is my passion. Our center will master a high-quality learning environment where children come to learn and all the while are safe, nurtured, and loved.

    Ms. Tamara's adventure began in early childhood education as a teacher with various private centers, including a Montessori many years ago. She took a break and went into the business sector, where she was a corporate training manager. After that, Ms. Tamara stayed home and opened her own home daycare business with a preschool program that she successfully maintained until her youngest daughter was ready for kindergarten (and by then, she had graduated with her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Since 2006, Ms. Tamara has worked for a nonprofit early childhood agency starting as a teacher and worked her way into Family Service and Center Management. She then became the Family Services Manager, where she supported nine schools in Ramsey County. At the same time, Ms. Tamara achieved her master’s degree in early childhood education in December of 2013. She is very excited to now serve the children and families at Andover KinderCare. Ms. Tamara is married and blessed with three children and two grandchildren. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tamara has been a manager in early childhood education for many years, with a background in teaching and specializing in Family Services and Business Management. In her spare time, she teaches classes for other early childhood professionals and at conferences in the metro area.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss, the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney, and Pinkalicous by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann.

    Year Started:
    3/30/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole Healy

    Ms. Nicole Healy, Assistant Director

    Ms. Nicole has worked in the field for many years as a teacher in the Toddler and Prekindergarten Classrooms. She has also worked as a program coordinator at La Petite Academy and as the Health and Safety Coordinator for our Andover KinderCare.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Nancy has been a part of KinderCare Learning Centers for over 12 years and has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She has been a part of our Andover KinderCare for nine years and works as the lead Infant Teacher. Ms. Nancy creates an environment for our babies that stimulates their development and builds a curiosity of the world around them!

    Year Started:
    6/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tommaneka (Neka)

    Ms. Tommaneka (Neka), Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Neka loves her job because she likes seeing the changes in the kids as they learn and grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    7/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Toddler / Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    Ms. Sarah loves getting to interact with all the kids and watch them grow and evolve into greatness.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Rachel has always loved working with children and watching them learn and grow. Satisfaction comes if she can be a part of their lives while they strive to be successful and prepare for kindergarten with a smile...then Ms. Rachel knows that as a teacher, she is doing the job she loves! Children come first and she loves to support them.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel previously worked at an in-home daycare.
    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Preschool / Prekindergarten Classrooms

    I look forward to coming to work each day to see all the happy faces! The children make my day!

    Ms. Heidi joined our team in August of 2013 when she moved "home" after living on the East Coast, where she was a teacher at one of our KinderCare schools. You can see Ms. Heidi's love for children shine through each day!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the children in the classroom grow and explore new things!

    Ms. Michele joined our team in 2013 and has worked in our Infant and Toddler Classrooms. She is our lead Prekindergarten Teacher and has completed her associate's degree in child development. Ms. Michele does a great job working with all ages and engaging them in our curriculum!

    Year Started:
    4/29/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Teacher Support

    I enjoy watching the preschoolers grow and develop. I love being in a job where I can have an impact on a child's life!

    Ms. Sara joined our team in 2013 as a lead teacher when we opened a new Preschool Classroom. She has established routines and activities that actively engage our preschoolers in learning each day! You can see the fun and learning that happens each day the minute you enter her classroom.

    Year Started:
    12/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Specializing in Special Needs

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center has a secure entrance, locked doors, fenced play area, name-to-face roll call every 30 minutes, and our teachers are CPR and first aid certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

The Andover KinderCare staff does so much to make sure our child feels loved, safe, and fulfilled. We are so blessed to come to a place every day where each person our daughter encounters wants what's best for her. It is such a comfort knowing that our child is in the safest place she can be, with people who care about her!

- Parents

Our son has loved being at Andover KinderCare. We all have very much enjoyed both the learning experience and the staff. KinderCare has given him a great step forward in education before he starts kindergarten!

- Parents

We are so thankful to have found a place like Andover KinderCare that welcomes in children as well as their families. We feel very comforted knowing that when we aren't with our son, there are still people there caring for him!

- Infant Parents
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