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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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Special Instructions:
Old Cedar Ave. and 86th St.

● 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

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 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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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


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.

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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

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:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Teri Hans

    Ms. Teri Hans, Assistant Director

    The best part of my job is being able to have the opportunity to help children discover and learn something new each day.

    Teri joined KinderCare in 2005 as a Prekindergarten teacher. In May of 2011 she was promoted to Assistant Director. She has been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to help share her knowledge of teaching with her team members and help lead them to do their best.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Infant Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching the children copy and learn.I love being around the children. We are always singing songs in my classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anne of Green Gables
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Infant Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching is watching the children grow and seeing each one of them master a new task. I am here to help them grow and learn along with having fun.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah, Infant Classroom

    I love being silly with the children and making myself look ridiculous just to see them smile.

    I strive to be caring and loveable. I want to see the children learn and grow while they are in my care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss books!
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Renae

    Ms. Renae, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Mariah, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mariah comes to us with previous experience teaching in an Infant program. She knows that each day in her classroom our infants will come to play, grow and get lots of love. She strives to make our infants knowledgeable while providing them with a loving and nurturing environment that gives them confidence toe to explore new things.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • 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:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Discovery Preschool

    I am passionate about teaching.

    I love to watch the children discover and learn new things. We read a lot of books in my class to inspire curiosity and love to have fun.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts Degree
  • Ms. Dyme

    Ms. Dyme, Preschool Classroom

    I love helping the children learn new things and to watch them grow. The smiles on their faces when I walk through the door brighten my day.

    Ms. Dyme loves helping the children learn new things and watching them grow. The smile on the children's faces when she walked through the door brightens her day.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • 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:
    39 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Multi-Age Specialist

    The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. Dr.Seuss 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:

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.

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.

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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.

- Parent

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