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Bloomington KinderCare

Crystal Banks, Center Director

8950 France Ave. South Bloomington MN 55431
(952) 835-4955 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Bloomington KinderCare is centrally located in Bloomington, and services the city along with the suburbs of Edina and Richfield MN. We have easy access to two major freeways, and feature colleges, shopping malls, and major corporate headquarters within a short driving distance.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing is provided TO and FROM - Washburn, Olson, and Poplar Bridge Elementary Schools. Yes, before and after school care is offered but transportation is only available for the schools listed above.

Many times families want to know what makes our center special. Well, in the field of Early Childhood Education, staff turnover is often an issue. Here at our KinderCare in Bloomington, we are doing something right because most of our teachers have worked here for anywhere from five to twenty years! They know how to run their curriculum and have sent hundreds, if not thousands, of children to Kindergarten ready to succeed! We are so proud of our teaching staff and all that they do for the children in our community.

Welcome

Welcome to Bloomington KinderCare and Preschool! We are very excited to meet with you and your 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. Here at Bloomington KinderCare, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village) 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.

Crystal Banks, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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?

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Bloomington KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of eight years and some as long as thirty years in early childhood education. The Bloomington KinderCare 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.

  • Crystal Banks

    Crystal Banks, Center Director

    I love coming to work each day, I can honestly say even after over 20 years of working at this school, no two days are the same! I believe strongly in KinderCare's curriculum and philosophy, and love to be a part of getting the children ready to go to Kindergarten. It is also a joy to get my daily dose of hugs and smiles!

    Marilyn started with KinderCare back in 1990 as the lead Prekindergarten teacher before being promoted to Assistant Director and then Center Director. She has devoted her entire KinderCare career to the Bloomington center, and has never worked at another location! That's almost 25 years dedicated to the families and children of the Bloomington community. As the Center Director, Marilyn has brought together a team of long-term staff who know the early childhood industry well. With a quick tour of her center, you can see the difference those years of experience make!

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting her career with KinderCare, Marilyn previously taught kindergarten in the elementary schools, and stayed at home to raise her three children and as they got older.
    Year Started:
    8/20/1990
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Corrie Backus

    Corrie Backus, Assistant Director

    I have always enjoyed working with children, but it wasn't until I started working in the early childhood field that I learned its true importance, and the impact working with children can have on their life and yours. It is an honor to be a part of so many children's early childhood experiences.

    Corrie has worked as both a center director and assistant director for multiple centers across the Twin Cities since joining KinderCare in 2004. She has a strong office management background as well as countless hours spent teaching in each classroom over the years, both of which serve to make her a great asset to the children and families of our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Corrie has had several years of experience working with children in private homes, schools and other childcare centers.
    Year Started:
    7/19/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and Master's Degree in Education
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Cook/manager

    I love to cook delicious foods for all my little friends! My favorite is when their eyes light up and they lick thier lips when something yummy is being prepared and served!

    As one of our center's openers, Ms. Becca greets every child with a smile and makes them feel special. You can find her mostly in the kitchen as she cooks our healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  However, she loves to be in the classrooms and seeing the children learning the curriculum as she was a teacher for most of her career here.  She is also a go to person for any questions and in charge in the absence of the director and assistant director.

    Year Started:
    3/24/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Alisa

    Ms. Alisa, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the excitement in children's eyes when they make connections and figure things out for the first time!

    Ms. Alisa started with KinderCare back in 2005 and has become an integral part of our Infant Classroom. She, along with the rest of our infant teaching team work hard to ensure that each infant is cared for according to the schedule they keep at home. Being one of our openers, Ms. Alisa is here each morning bright and early to greet each infant and their parents as they start their day.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Tiara

    Ms. Tiara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children because I love being able to teach new and fun things to children. I love making a difference in each child's life.

    Ms. Tiara teaches our "older toddlers” who make up the classroom known as Discovery Preschool. She assists the children in learning their letters, numbers, colors and other basic skills to get them ready for our Preschool Classroom.

    Year Started:
    11/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Renisha

    Ms. Renisha, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because they are so funny! I love that learning is so new and fun for them!

    Ms. Renisha works alongside Ms. Ellen to implement the Preschool curriculum, and prepare their class with the skills they need to succeed in the future.

    Year Started:
    3/17/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    completing her Child Development Associate's Degreee
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day knowing that families trust me to be such a big part of their child's day!

    Ms. Nicole works very hard to help our older Preschool children master many independent tasks. She also has the responsibility of preparing them for the early writing and reading they will undertake in our Prekindegarten classrooms.

    Year Started:
    1/1/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Luda

    Ms. Luda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. -Walt Streightiff

    As the lead teacher of our Prekindergarten classrooms, Ms. Luda has a large responsibility. She works with her class by building on what they have learned with each teacher along the way, and filling in any gaps needed before her class starts Kindergarten in the fall!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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

Center Menu

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 adhere to the highest safety standards here at our Center! We have eight foot fencing around all three of our playgrounds. We maintain locked gates, secured doors and key-code entry is required. We also implement an interview process for new faces in the Center requiring their photo I.D. to be added to our sign/out book.

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.

Our son has absolutely loved going to school at KinderCare in Bloomington over the past few years. It is so exciting to pick him up each day and hear about all the great things he has learned and new experiences he has had that day. He also loves being in the phonics program and we have seen great improvements in his writing, letter recognition and even some reading! Thank you to everyone that has worked alongside him and helped us to develop him into the fine young man he has become!

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