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Blaine KinderCare

Dawn Estuesta, Center Director

10851 Jefferson St. Northeast Blaine MN 55434
(763) 757-8893 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at Jefferson & 109th Ave

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
This Center provides bussing to and from Eisenhower, University Ave, Madison, Jefferson, and Sand Creek Elementary Schools. The DaVinci Academy provides bussing to and from the center.

We are an accredited center and are open earlier than most centers to accommodate busy work schedules. We have many long term staff and over 221 years of experience that provide a consistency not found in most centers. We believe that children learn best through play! Playing builds on imagination, social skills and the academic foundations that are necessary for kindergarten. So come join us in learning, playing and having fun doing it!

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Welcome to the Blaine KinderCare! We serve Blaine, Coon Rapids and the surrounding communities. We are especially proud of the fact that our school is NAEYC accredited. We have also been awarded the highest possible rating with the Parent Aware Program. Our teaching staff believes in developing the whole child and partnering with families to help each one grow and learn to their fullest ability. We have a true passion for early childhood education and would love the opportunity to be a part of your child's life. I personally invite you to tour our center and see first hand how our center has created a home away from home for each child where early learning is the focus! We can't wait to meet you!

Dawn Estuesta, Center Director

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

    2. Holiday-Center Closed

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Blaine KinderCare are passionate about children and providing the highest quality care. We have many long-term staff who are consistent and reliable teachers. Together we have more than 207 years of combined experience! All of our teachers have either a Bachelor’s Degree or Child Development Associate and strive for excellence through continuing education. Each of our teachers have completed state required trainings such as, first aid, CPR, and SIDS to name a few. We encourage you to come in and meet our teachers and see how we provide a positive and encouraging environment filled with fun, age-appropriate learning activities every day.

  • Dawn Estuesta

    Dawn Estuesta, Center Director

    I love the interactions I have with the children, the parents and the staff every day. Nothing is more rewarding than the look of success in a child’s face after learning a new skill.

    Dawn is a graduate from North Dakota State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Relations. She has been the Center Director at the Blaine location since 1987 and is passionate about her role in neighborhood. She has strong ties and connections with the families at the center and continues those relationships even after the children out grow the center. Her friendly, caring personality keeps families coming back for generations. Dawn is also an exemplary coach for her staff and maintains high standards in areas such as customer service, quality programming and continuing education. Dawn is committed to providing the highest quality service to each of her families and would be privileged to have the chance to serve you.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Jenni Williams

    Jenni Williams, Assistant Director

    I am inspired by the dedicated teachers, amazing families and wonderful children we have at our center. I enjoy getting to know each child and their family members and building relationships with them.

    Jenni has been with KinderCare since 2004 and joined the Blaine team in 2006. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She has had experience teaching in the public schools and found her home with KinderCare. Jenni takes great pride in being part of the management team at a high quality learning center. She is dedicated to providing support for the teaching staff and great customer service for the families. She looks forward to meeting you and your family soon!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Classroom

    As a teacher, I love it that parents feel comfortable leaving me with their most precious possessions every day!

    Amy enjoys getting to know the children and their unique personalities, discovering how they learn best and encouraging them to grow and develop.  She has a calm, caring personality that the babies truly love.  Amy is a great resource for her parents and provides consistent quality care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Infant Classroom

    One thing that I love to experience is the firsts for children.  To see them take their first steps or say their first words is an amazing thing to be a part of!

    Parents love Lynn's knowledge and enthusiasm for their babies. She has a way of making each family feel welcome and special.  Lynn thrives to give each child a healthy and fun learning experience each day.  The best part of her day is when the children get excited because they have discovered something new!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Cierra

    Ms. Cierra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Being a part of a child's learning and development is such an amazing feeling!  To see the excitement in when they learn something new or do something all by themselves for the first time is so rewarding.

    Cierra enjoys the this age group and loves to be a part of their successes and developmental growth.  She strives to create a safe, comforting environment for her students to grow and learn together!  She works hard to build strong relationships with families and partner in their child's learning.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Sharrolynne

    Ms. Sharrolynne, Toddler Classroom

    I love toddlers and watching them grow!  They amaze me everyday!

    Sharrolynne has a passion for toddlers and loves her job! She is animated teacher with a natural talent to teach finger plays, songs and perform puppet shows.  She provides a wonderfully enriched classroom experience, filled with hands on learning activities for the children in the toddler classroom everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Preschool Classroom

    I love having the opportunity to learn along with the children in my care!

    Tracy’s patient and kind personality is exactly what young preschoolers need. Each day she provides the children with new experiences that support their development socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually!  The children are encouraged to have many group discussions throughout the day where each child can share their thoughts and feelings.  Tracy is also our Health and Safety Coordinator and provides leadership in maintaining safety in our center.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, PreKindergarten Classroom

    I love the eagerness and excitement that the children bring to class each day and knowing that I get to help them progress as they work towards kindergarten.

    Leah is an energetic and creative prekindergarten teacher. She makes learning fun by connecting the curriculum to the child's interests. Each day is filled with hands on activities that teach them about the world around them and prepare them for kindergarten.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

    2. Holiday-Center Closed

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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

Child safety is our primary focus. Our center has a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator who focuses everyday on keeping our center accident free! All of the staff are certified in first aid and CPR.

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

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

One of my favorite things about the Blaine KinderCare is that the staff has remained consistent over the 5 years my granddaughter has been there. She knows and trusts all of the staff. If she is upset about anything, they comfort her and she is comfortable going to them. I also like the openness of the facility. You can see from room to room and I think that's good for the kids as well as the staff- if the staff are needed somewhere, they'll see it. I would highly recommend this center to others!

- Grandma

I love the staff! The are all friendly and welcoming when you come and go. I like that the office is right up front as you walk in. Dawn and Jenni are always there and help whenever needed with the kids, providing comfort. The teachers also do a great job with communication. They answer any questions I may have and listen to any concerns. I also like getting the reports on my child's progress. I can't imagine bringing my child anywhere else.

- Mom

My daughters have learned so much from KinderCare. My oldest was involved in the phonics program and when she went to kindergarten, she was above the class in reading! She still attends KinderCare and is always so proud to show me what she has learned everyday. My youngest is in the music program and sings all the way home. She loves going to school to play with her friends! I recommend the Blaine center to everyone I meet!

- Dad

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