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Apple Valley KinderCare

Skylar Stewart, Center Director

7691 145th St. W. Apple Valley MN 55124
(952) 431-3511 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
West of Cedar on 145th St.

Neighborhood:
West off of Cedar or 77 on 145th St. by the Kwik Trip gas station

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greenleaf, Parkview, Highland, Cedar Park, and West View Elementary Schools

It's that time of year to be thankful for what you have and help those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Please bring any donation of a new, unwrapped gift for children ages newborn through teen to your center to be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations accepted anytime before Friday, December 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our center leadership team. Thank you for your donation!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Apple Valley KinderCare Learning Center, in Apple valley, Minnesota! We are so excited to meet you and your family and cannot wait for you to be a part of our KinderCare family! We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children. We also serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance.

Skylar Stewart, Center Director

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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.

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.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Apple Valley KinderCare Learning Center are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our staff believes that being a successful teacher means that we commit to thorough communication with parents, nurturing the whole child, and above all else, education! The average tenure of our teachers is 15 years with three of our teachers being here for 25 years! We are a committed staff and our parents take comfort in knowing that their children are here with us! The Apple Valley KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Skylar Stewart

    Skylar Stewart, Center Director

    I have the best job in the world. I get to utilize my skills and knowledge that I gained through my education. But I also get to enjoy seeing the smiles and accomplishment on children's faces.

    Skylar was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from Apple Valley Senior High School. After high school, Skylar attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and is currently attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with both her family and friends, shopping and reading a good story. Skylar enjoys working in the childcare field because she loves watching the children learn and grow. She loves knowing that she is making a difference in every child's life no matter their age.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Skylar worked at The Goddard School as an aide and was also a tutor for Duluth Elementary schools. She worked hard as a teacher while at KinderCare and eventually became an Assistant Director at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
    Year Started:
    5/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
  • Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike, Assistant Director

    "Why do tomorrow what can be accomplished today

    Mike grew up in Minnesota his whole life and attended college at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Mike has experience working with children with behavioral disorders for a year and a half at Northwood Children's Services in Duluth and at Nystrom & Associates here in Apple Valley. Mike has been a school age teacher here at KinderCare and transitioned to our Assistant Director in June 2016. 

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for a year at the residential facility, Northwood Children's Services, for children with behavioral disorders. Worked for 6 months as a Mental Health Practitioner at Nystrom & Associates doing in home services with children and parents.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where's Waldo?" by Martin Handford
    Year Started:
    6/13/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology
  • Miss Kristine

    Miss Kristine, Infant Classroom

    Kristine is born and raised in Minnesota. She lived in Texas for five years while completing her associate degree and working. Kristine has a beautiful daughter who you've probably met if you have visited our infant room.

    Previous Experience:
    Being a mom
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Bad Kitty" by Nick Bruel
    Year Started:
    11/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Virginia College, Austin, Texas
  • Ms. Barb

    Ms. Barb, Infant Classroom

    "I enjoy receiving smiles and hugs from the children.

    Ms. Barb was born and raised in the town of Farmington, Minnesota, where she and her husband live currently. Ms. Barb has been working in our infant room and enjoys spending time with each of them, playing with them and getting them to laugh.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    9/1/1986
    Tenure:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
  • Ms. Judy

    Ms. Judy, Toddler Classroom

    "A childs smile can always brighten any day.

    Ms. Judy grew up in Kentucky where she earned her nursing degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She has lived in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and Germany while her husband was serving in the US Army. Ms. Judy has three children and six grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judy worked as an Registered Nurse for two years and provided respite care for families who had children with disabilities for ten years through Dakota County.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?" by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    10/1/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, Toddler Classroom

    "To always see life through the eyes of a child would truly be amazing.

    Ms. Maureen was born and raised in Minnesota and has lived in Apple Valley for the past 20 years. She has worked in all the rooms at KinderCare but has been an Infant teacher for over a year. Ms. Maureen enjoys working in the infant room because she likes to watch the children advance in their development. Ms. Maureen enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and reading a good book. She also enjoys doing art projects with the infants.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Maureen was a teacher at The Goddard School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any book by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Eva

    Ms. Eva, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Eva was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia with her family of five brothers and two sisters. After completing college in Indonesia Eva moved to the United States where she eventually met her husband. She has three children; two sons and one daughter. She enjoys running (completed her first marathon in 2014), dancing, working out, cleaning and spending time with her husband and children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Eva has experience working in both a Toddler and Preschool Classroom. She was the Assistant Director before resuming her role as a teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?" By Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    10/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Mary Ann

    Ms. Mary Ann, Prekindergarten Classroom

    "Teach to inspire.

    Ms. Mary Ann moved to Minnesota from Michigan in 1988 where she began working at KinderCare Learning Center and Preschool. Ms. Mary Ann is married and has two children as well as three grandchildren. She enjoys spending her weekends with her family and especially her grandchildren. You can always find her at their basketball games where she is cheering the loudest.

    Previous Experience:
    Before moving to Minnesota, Ms. Mary Ann worked at three different child care centers where she was a teacher as well as a Director for four years. Ms. Mary Ann also has experience as an in home daycare teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Octopus's Garden" By Ringo Starr
    Year Started:
    1/1/1988
    Tenure:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    31 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Assoicate Credential
  • Miss Lexi

    Miss Lexi, Transitional Kindergarten

    "We're all a little different, but there's something kind of fantastic about that isn't there?" - Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Fantastic Mr. Fox" By Roald Dahl
    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Learning Adventures Program

    "I love helping the kids know they are loved and cared for.

    Ms. Lisa grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. She moved to Minnesota to attend college at North Central University. Lisa has been married for 13 years and has three sons and a dog.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Lisa worked as a substitute teacher and was also a preschool teacher at Prodigy Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "3 Billy Goats Gruff" By Peter Christen Asbjornsen
    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Cook

    "I enjoy talking with the children and I am always amazed when they learn something new or even teach me something new!

    Ms. Sherry was born and raised in North Dakota. She moved to Minnesota with her husband after getting married. She currently lives in Farmington with her husband and three children. In her spare time she enjoys doing various activities with her family such as camping, riding bikes and fishing.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love You Forever" By Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    1/1/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. 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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 features a secure entrance complete with Key Code Entry and we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site. A daily checklist is provided to parents to show them what their child is doing throughout the day. Our staff is CPR, First Aid, Shaken Baby and SID'S (sudden infant death syndrome) trained and certified. We also have monthly fire, tornado, and emergency drills to ensure our staff and children are prepared. Our playground features a high fence for the safety of your children.

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.

I cannot give enough praise to the teachers at this center. They have made my daughter's experience at KinderCare truly enriching.
 
She's been at the same center since she was a only a few months and has grown to be an energetic two-year-old. I still see her teachers who cared for her while she was in the infant room. They ask me questions about her. My daughter still runs to them and gives them big hugs. I can see and feel that they care about my daughter.

With that being said, the teachers have a sense of pride in the work that they do. This is evident in the way they interact with the kids there. My daughter loves to go to school, playing, seeing her friends, and her teachers. Therefore, I am grateful to all of the teachers at this center because I know she is being cared for by people who care. Even when I am not there, I know that she is safe, happy, learning, and having a great time all the while.

- Father

I would not trust my children to any other childcare center than a KinderCare, especially our Apple Valley KinderCare.The teachers, Assistant Director, and Director are all so incredibly wonderful, caring and helpful. They put the children first and treat every children equally.

My son started at this center about three years ago when he turned two-years-old. My daughter started when she was just about seven-weeks-old weeks. When I am at work, I have full trust that my children are well cared for as well as educated. Definitely go check them out! They have made me such a happy mother of two!

- Mother

I am a mother of a witty, smart, and curious tot. I have held numerous jobs and going to school so my life is far from easy. KinderCare has been a place of safety and support for me and my child. I needed a place where I could be at ease that my daughter is getting a education, love, and freedom to learn about herself. I enjoy picking her up and being able to communicate with all of the staff, not just her teachers. KinderCare has truly been a blessing for me and my daughter and I appreciate everything this center does.
Keep up the WONDERFUL work!

- Mother

Our first born son started with KinderCare when he was twelve weeks old. He made his way through the Center until he was five years old and started Kindergarten. He made a lot of friends, had a great time each day, and learned a lot from his teachers and classmates. He always knew his day as going to "school" because he knew he would be learning new things each day. I am always amazed at the type of activities the kids are involved with during the day and the types of messes the teachers put up with. I know as a mom I would never do half of the fun things at home that they get to do at KinderCare. Our son continues to share stories from KinderCare, has play-dates with kids he met there, and enjoys picking up his little brother with us in the evening.
 
Our second born son also attends the Center. Like his older brother, he started at twelve weeks' and will continue until he is five years old and attending Kindergarten. As the second child, he likes to "get into things" and strives for attention. The teachers have a lot of patience, work with him each day, and enjoy his presence.
 
It is obvious to us the teachers and staff care about our child's journey. Nicole is a great Director and takes good care of her families. We never doubt our decision to leave our children in their care each and every day, and many days for very long hours. We have also been fortunate to make new friends through the Center and get to know the teachers very well. We are happy with our decision for child care and highly recommend KinderCare to anyone looking for a child care center.

- Mother
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