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Blaine KinderCare

Ms. 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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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eisenhower, University Ave, Madison, Jefferson, Sand Creek. The DaVinci Academy busses to and from our center.

Welcome

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. 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 firsthand 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!

Ms. Dawn Estuesta, 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.

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at 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 credential, 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.

  • Ms. Dawn Estuesta

    Ms. 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.

    Ms. Dawn is a graduate from North Dakota State University, where she earned 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 outgrow the center. Her friendly, caring personality keeps families coming back for generations. Ms. Dawn is also an exemplary coach for her staff and maintains high standards in areas such as customer service, quality programming, and continuing education. Ms. 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:
    10/11/1987
    Tenure:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Relations
  • Ms. Carrie Dahl

    Ms. Carrie Dahl, Assistant Director

    I love the interactions I have every day with the kids and the parents. The smiles and the laughter makes every day special and helps me remember why I do what I do: the kids!

    Ms. Carrie is a graduate from University of Wisconsin at River Falls with a degree in psychology. She joined the KinderCare family in 2006 at the Blaine center. Since that time, Ms. Carrie has worked in many different centers around the metro area, where she had multiple opportunities to learn and grow as both an Assistant Director and a Director before finally being able to "come home" to our center again. She is very excited to continue to help all children and families find all the amazing things that KinderCare has to offer. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

    Year Started:
    9/5/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • 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!

    Ms. 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. Ms. Amy is a great resource for her parents and provides consistent quality care.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

    Year Started:
    8/4/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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 Ms. Lynn's knowledge and enthusiasm for their babies. She has a way of making each family feel welcome and special. Ms. Lynn strives 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:
    9/10/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Samantha

    Ms. Samantha, Toddler Classroom

    The smiles on each child's face as they are taking in new and exciting knowledge makes me proud to do what I do!

    Ms. Sam joined the KinderCare family in 2016 after her daughter was born. After becoming a mom, she found her calling. She has since completed her child development associate credential and has found her home here at the Blaine KinderCare. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Lilly and Bear by Lisa Stubbs

    Year Started:
    5/31/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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 their eyes when they learn something new or do something all by themselves for the first time is so rewarding.

    Ms. Cierra enjoys 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:
    1/29/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Tracy

    Ms. Tracy, Preschool Classroom

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

    Ms. 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 thoughts and feelings. Ms. 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:
    10/12/1984
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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 toward kindergarten.

    Ms. 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:
    6/17/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Meranda

    Ms. Meranda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Making the children get a good belly laugh in and allowing them to express who they are through singing, art, and music is why I do what I do!

    Ms. Meranda has a true passion for teaching. It is obvious in any classroom that she steps foot into! She has a fantastic personality and is able to connect with the children in their own special way. She loves to read, travel, and spend time with her friends and family. She is currently enrolled in the child development associate program at Rasmussen College and looks forward to the time when she has a class of her own!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood

    Year Started:
    6/27/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Emily, Multi-Age Specialist

    I love walking into work every day and seeing all the smiling faces!

    Ms. Emily has a great passion for working with kids of all ages, and that's why she started working at KinderCare. She loves being able to teach all the kids something new every day. Her energy brings so much joy into any classroom she is in! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    12/21/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

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.

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 every day 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 five 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 every day. 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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