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Rhode Island KinderCare

Chelsey Crosby, Center Director

10801 Rhode Island Ave. South Bloomington MN 55438
(952) 941-7817 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Old Shakopee Road & Rhode Island Avenue South

Neighborhood:
Highway 169 - Off Old Shakopee Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We currently provide transportation to and from Ridgefield, Bethany Academy & Olson Elementary. Routes may change per families requests and needs. If you have a question about adding an additional school, please contact the Center Director.

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

Here at our school we strive to make your child's early experiences both fun and successful. We partner with our children and families to help every child get the most out of their experience through our accredited programs and amazing teaching staff.  By focusing on early literacy, math, scientific thinking, spanish, art, music, fun and play we strive to help all of our children be ready to excel in Kindergarten and life. We love collaborating with our parents and families to participate in their child's progress and find out new ways to help make the experiences and lessons they have here come alive. We are very excited for you to come and join our KinderCare family.

Chelsey Crosby, Center Director

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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.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 at Rhode Island KinderCare are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. Our highly educated and experienced teachers believe that teaching is an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

  • Chelsey Crosby

    Chelsey Crosby, Center Director

    Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn

    I have been married to my wonderful husband, Cory for 2 years and we have been blessed with our daughter, Clara, who will turn one in September. I also have a 8 year old step son named Carson. We currently live in Shakopee. I enjoy spending time with family and going to our family cabin where we enjoy fishing and going kayaking.

    Previous Experience:
    I started my KinderCare journey at the Rhode Island Bloomington in August 2012 as a preschool teacher. I was the preschool teacher until August 2013 when I took a position to teach preschool at a public school. I returned to KinderCare to work for the summer and I was offered the Assistant Director position. I was the Assistant Director at Rhode Island Bloomington until June 2015 when I transferred to be the Assistant Director in Shakopee. After two years of growth, I am excited to be back that the Rhode Island KinderCare as the Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Blue Truck" and "Chica Chica Boom Boom"
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Amanda Paulson

    Amanda Paulson, Assistant Director

    When an opportunity comes along, go for it, you never know when it will come again!

    Ms Amanda joined our KinderCare family in January of 2016 as the Assistant Director. She has worked for years in office administration and became an Early Childhood Teacher in Montessori and traditional teaching. Ms Amanda has brought her love of education and administration for her role as the Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Montessori education
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education, BS Business Management
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infants

    Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like there is no tomorrow.

    Ms. Nancy worked at KinderCare for a few years in her early 20s then raised two wonderful children. She was a stay at home mom before working a few years at a Burnsville School in the Title One department helping children improve their reading and math skills.

    Year Started:
    7/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Cook and Multi-Age

    The best is yet to come.

    Ms. Vanessa joined our family in January of 2016 and has been a great addition to our team! Her love for kids shows with how they welcome her here each day! Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children grow each day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy and Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Multi Age and Health & Safety Coordinator

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    1/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Aisha

    Ms. Aisha, Toddler Classroom

    'Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden'.

    Being the oldest of her cousins, Ms Aisha has been caring for children since she was 10 years old. She has worked in the early childhood industry since she was 16 years old, starting off as a teachers aide and now is a lead teacher in the toddler room.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
  • Ms. Sujatha

    Ms. Sujatha, Discovery Preschool

    We welcomed Ms. Sujatha to our team of passionate educators in 2010. Her hard work and dedication shows throughout her entire classroom. Ms.Sujatha's warm encouragement and support helps each child build their self-confidence and the important self-help skills needed to ensure they are prepared for Preschool.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sujatha was an Elementary school teacher in India before moving to the US.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Toddlers/Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

    Ms. Rachel has years of experience working as a Lead Teacher in both Infant and Preschool rooms. She also worked at an after school program and is pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You’ll Go and The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    6/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Pazao

    Ms. Pazao, PreK

    It always seems impossible until it's done" – Nelson Mandela

    Ms Pazao has many years experience tutoring students from grades K-12th grade and found her love for education after completing her degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Harry Potter series (I grew up with those books!)
    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Multi Age

    Live, laugh, love

    Ms Tonya’s love for children grew with her own child and also being a foster mom for over a year.  She joined our family in June of 2016 and has been a great addition to our team! 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter series
    Year Started:
    6/6/2016

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

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

Education and development are important, but here at Rhode Island KinderCare we know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That’s why protection and preparedness are considerations in everything we do at our school. All of our teachers and center staff have First Aid and CPR training for emergency situations. We also take special care in sanitation to help ensure a clean and healthy environment for the children in our care. We work to make certain that every child is happy and healthy. At our school Ms. Jessica is our Health and Safety coordinator. Ms. Jessica does daily, weekly and monthly checks to make sure that all classroom and playground equipment are safe for the children in our care. She also communicates with our accessible nurse with any updates or training that is needed for the teachers at our school.

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.

I love dropping my son off every morning knowing that he’ll have fun and be busy all day with his buddies. His teachers are so gentle and caring and he’s learning so much.

- Mother

You can tell the teachers at KinderCare care so much about the kids. I was so glad to see how much my daughter's teacher had to say at conferences. It's not like my daughter is "just another kid she watches". I can gladly say that my daughter's teacher genuinely cares about her mental, emotional and physical development because she had specific examples on everything she was talking about, a page-full, to be exact!

- Mother
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