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Bloomington KinderCare

Marilyn Larson, 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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at France & 90th

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.

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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.

Marilyn Larson, 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


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.


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?

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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

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.

  • Marilyn Larson

    Marilyn Larson, 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:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Brennen

    Ms. Brennen, Infants

    It is fun to see the babies grow and learn new things each and every day.

    Ms. Brennen is a new member to our team and works along Ms. Alisa in the infant room.  She helps to ensure that each infants needs are being met daily. As our closer, she is there at pick up to communicate with parents about the exciting things their child did that day.

  • Ms. Deja

    Ms. Deja, Toddlers

    I love watching toddlers learn every day! The excitement on their faces when they discover new things makes me smile. I am so proud to be a part of their growth and development.

    As one of our newest team members, Ms. Deja works along Ms. Eva with our youngest toddlers.  She works hard to ensure the theme based curriculum is implemented daily and the toddlers are engaged in a positive learning environment.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Eva

    Ms. Eva, Toddlers

    I love teaching because I enjoy watching the children learn and grow!

    Ms. Eva teaches the toddler curriculum which is a theme based program full of learning and discovering through play.  The toddlers love to sing, dance and get messy, with many art and sensory projects completed daily. Ms. Eva is very knowledgeable of toddler development and really knows how to keep them engaged and learning!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Music Education
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Ellen

    Ms. Ellen, Preschool Classroom

    I am inspired to come to work each day, knowing that I affect how a child develops as a person.

    Ms. Ellen teaches “Early Foundations” in our Preschool Classroom. She works alongside Ms. Renisha to ensure that their children are learning the early fundamentals they need to continue through our Preschool and Prekindergarten Classrooms, and leave them ready to go to Kindergarten!

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love coming to work each day knowing that I can inspire and be a part of a child's life.

    Ms. Alexis greets all of our children and families with her friendly smile. She works in our Prekindergarten Classroom with many children who have fall and winter birthdays and thus just missed the cut-off for going to Kindergarten. With these children, she is able to focus her curriculum on where they are at developmentally. Ms. Alexis is big part of the reason our center does an excellent job of making sure each student leaves us with all the skills needed to start Kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jennie

    Ms. Jennie, School-age

    I enjoy working with children because their smiles brighten my day and warms my heart.

    I have been at KinderCare for 5 years and have worked with many different age groups. In the School-age classroom I like to work with the children to decide how we will utilize our curriculum.  This helps them to feel they have a say in their day and keeps them engaged!  I also really enjoy enhancing the curriculum with my own creative ideas!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Abby

    Ms. Abby, Learning Adventures

    I like teaching because I like to see children learn new things and have fun with new concepts and ideas. I like to see them grow and learn and how they progess over time. I also like being a positive role model for children!

    Ms. Abby has been with KinderCare for 2 years and is currently teaching the phonics program. We have many students in our preschool and prekindergarten classrooms that participate in phonics 3 times per week.  They are learning letters and sounds and vowels and blending in order to prepare them for reading in Kindergarten.  The children love phonics time and are excited to share what they learned that day.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education

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.

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!

- Father

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