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Cedar KinderCare

Ms. Heather Shorey-Olson, Center Director

8800 Cedar Ave. South Bloomington MN 55425
(952) 854-5905 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
● Right off of the Bus Line! Off of Highway 77 and Old Shakopee Road - near to Mall Of America

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing is available TO and FROM Valley View, Indian Mounds, Ponds Elementary Schools as well as Seven Hills Classical Academy Yes, AM Bus Runs take place between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM and PM Bus Runs take place between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM

Each month we do a center-wide parent engagement activity. They range from art shows to hot cocoa at pick up to bagels for breakfast. Our team strives to achieve as much parent involvement as possible. We value our families and want to keep them involved in their child's learning. We also do several community engagement activities through out the year. These include food drives, parades, toys for tots, and many others. We believe it is an important component for children's early learning to be involved and aware of the communities they live in.

Come checkout our newly renovated center and refreshed curriculum.

We are starting our summer curriculum the week of June 9th.

Welcome

Welcome to the Cedar KinderCare. Our school is located on Old Cedar Avenue, just south of Mall of America. We are a dedicated team of early childhood educators. We are committed to our families and children here at the center. We promise our families we are passionate and engaging educators - we are committed, and we are focused on developing the whole child. We are honored to be a part of children's early education and a support for families.

Ms. Heather Shorey-Olson, 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.

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

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

We have a strong team of early childhood educators. All staff hold degrees ranging from Masters in Education to Child Development Associate, or are currently enrolled in higher education. We have a mix of experience from newly graduated to 30 year veterans. Our team also represents many different cultural backgrounds.

  • Ms. Heather Shorey-Olson

    Ms. Heather Shorey-Olson, Center Director

    The best part of my job is setting the foundation for a lifetime love of learning in children, how each day they learn something new and have experiences that will shape their world.

    Heather is committed to leading her team of educators to create the best environment for your family. She joined KinderCare in July of 2006. Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Heather has been in the early childhood education field for 14 years. Education is her passion and she is devoted to making her team and center the best.

    Previous Experience:
    Heather has worked as an elementary teacher as well as a preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2006
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tameka

    Ms. Tameka, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Watching the children learn something new each day drives me to be a teacher. It gives me great satisfaction to watch the children master a new skill, knowing that I played a part in their learning.

    I love instilling the children with the love of learning and getting to witness their excitement when they learn something new. They enjoy being in my classroom because of my own inner child, and I give them that motherly love while they are here.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Favorite

    Year Started:
    9/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Janell

    Ms. Janell, Prekindergarten Classroom

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery- Mark Van Doren

    Ms. Janell has worked for KinderCare for 34 years as a Prekindergarten teacher. She loves the excitement on a child’s face when they master something new.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janell previously worked for Betty’s Nursery School, Rockin’ Tots and was a Director at a Summer Camp.
    Year Started:
    4/29/1977
    Tenure:
    40 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    42
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree- Elementary Education and Kindergarten Minor
  • Ms. Cherrelle

    Ms. Cherrelle, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Cherrell loves being able to help the children learn new and exciting things and is inspired by the opportunity to make a change in a child's life.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Multi-Age Specialist

    My favorite part of teaching is seeing the children smile and receiving their hugs. I always want them to feel loved and encouraged.

    We are incredibly lucky to have Ms.Carla and the experience she brings with her. With this experience, she is able to support all of our classrooms as a Multi-Age Specialist. No matter what age group she is teaching you can be certain that her classroom will be filled with smiling faces, creative artwork and Ms.Carla's boost for children to lead the way in self discovery.

    Previous Experience:
    Since High School Ms. Carla has taken every opportunity she could to volunteer with children. She volunteered in a Pediatric unit of a hospital, was a Sunday school teacher, taught Kindergarten, and also worked at other Child Care centers prior to joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Winnie the Pooh A-Z

    Year Started:
    9/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
  • Ms. Ifeoma, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ify attends Minnesota State University Mankato and is obtaining her bachelor's degree in social work with a minor in sociology. Ify was born and raised in Minnesota and when she is not working she is spending time with her family and friends. Ify enjoys going to the movies, traveling, and being active. She has been out of the country five times! 

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at a Domestic Violence Shelter and has worked in retail.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish

    Year Started:
    3/28/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Sociology
  • Ms. Molly, Multi-Age Classroom

    The influence of a good teacher can never be erased

    Molly started working at the Cedar KinderCare when she was 17 years old. Molly is the oldest of three children. She is in school at the University of St. Thomas obtaining her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Molly enjoys spending time at her cabin, baking being with her friends, reading and spending time outdoors on her hammock. 

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cat in the Hat

    Year Started:
    7/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Dominique, Multi-Age Classroom

    Dominique joined the Cedar KinderCare in May of 2017. She has enjoyed shaping the minds of the School Age classroom. She has three children and is the second oldest out of seven children. When Dominique is not working she is spending time traveling, shopping, watching reality television, and event planning. Dominique's favorite color is pink.

    Previous Experience:
    Mentor at Oak Grove Elementary
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Year Started:
    5/15/2017
    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.

Special Features

  • We are rated 4 STARS for Parent Aware

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

We are focused on maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all children. We offer a secure entrance with a keypad code. Our playgrounds are secured with a fence and our equipment is age appropriate and inspected regularly. All staff exceed health and safety requirements. Our Health and Safety Coordinator conducts daily safety checks to ensure all aspects of our program are safe.

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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The staff at KinderCare is very helpful and so loving towards my children. I know they are well taken care of when they are there. It's like a second family to me and my children.

- Parent

I am very thankful we found KinderCare. The staff here is very helpful with all situations and very nice. We love them and recommend them very highly! They have helped us so much.

- Parent

I love the staff here. They have worked with me and my children. I love KinderCare and wouldn't choose another one.

- Parent

The teachers are awesome! Eva has learned so much and always comes home with stories. The staff is kind, compassionate and caring.

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