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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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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.

Here at Rhode Island KinderCare our Teachers and Directors want to form a strong partnership with you and your family so that we can guarantee the optimal experience for your child. Teachers provide daily communication with families and seek to understand you and your child’s individual needs.

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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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

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.

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

    Chelsey has been with KinderCare since 2012 in multiple roles until she became the Center Director at the Rhode Island KinderCare in Bloomington. She earned her bachelor of science degree in Early Childhood Education from Bemidji State University. Chelsey enjoys working with families and staff to create a welcoming environment where all children can achieve. 

    Previous Experience:
    Chelsey has worked as a teacher in all ages and as an Assistant Director. She has also worked in a school district teaching preschool, along with many other experiences in Early Childhood Education.
    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:
    Bachelor's 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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Toddler Classroom

    A child has a special way of adding joy to everyday!

    Ms. Jessica has always had a passion for children since high school. She was a nanny for children in her community during the summer. She joined KinderCare in 2015 to pursue her passion with working with children full-time. She enjoys watching children grow within a fun learning environment.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harry Potter and any Dr. Seuss books!

    Year Started:
    4/20/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool Classroom

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Pazao

    Ms. Pazao, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms Pazao has many years experience tutoring students from grades K-12th grade and found her love for education after completing her degree in English. She is also working on her child development associate degree.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Harry Potter series 

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Multi-Age Classroom

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tonya

    Ms. Tonya, Multi-Age Classroom

    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
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Peni

    Ms. Peni, Infant Classroom

    When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life!

    Ms Peni has years of experience in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with all ages of children in child care from infancy to school age. Her education has allowed her to work with children with development and physical delays, as well as nanny for many years. She also had her own in-home daycare program. Ms Peni has also worked with her local school district as an Educational Assistant. Her love of young children has brought her to KinderCare!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mars Needs Moms by Berkeley Breathed

    Year Started:
    12/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, School Age Classroom

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Ms. Jamie started her journey with KinderCare as the School-age teacher in Bloomington. Shortly after that she transitioned to become the Lead Preschool teacher for two years. During her time as the Preschool teacher Ms. Jamie was a mentor teacher, as well as the Service Values Champion. Jamie is very passionate about early childhood education, as she has seen firsthand the impact a positive learning environment can have on a young child’s development and well-being. 

    Previous Experience:
    Jamie has previous experience as a Preschool Literacy Tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corp, as well as various volunteer and coaching experiences.
    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Studies
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms Michelle is a former dance teacher and brings high energy into the classroom! She loves being goofy and dance with the kids, and let them have fun with learning. This also gives them a chance to try it themselves. Michelle is currently working on her associate degree in Child Development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Blue Truck and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Year Started:
    6/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Infant Classroom

    Ms Tasha has a passion for serving and helping others excel! She has worked with children of all ages in the US and Mexico over the last four years. Tasha is currently pursing her associate degree in Child Development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Year Started:
    4/1/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    4

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Hmong

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.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My son has grown so much in the last year he's been here. He is excited to see his teachers each day and they are genuinely happy to see him; you can see the care and attention the teachers all give.

- Father

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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