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Xerxes Avenue KinderCare

Olivia Sage, Center Director

7964 Xerxes Ave. North Brooklyn Park MN 55444
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Edinbrook, Crest View, Palmer Lake, Birch Grove, Excel Academy, Fair Oaks, Zanewood, Athlos, and St. Al's

Welcome

Xerxes Avenue KinderCare is the perfect place for your child to learn and grow. Our dedicated teaching staff have over 120 years experience between them and are experts in their field. We participate in ongoing training and professional development throughout the year in order to provide the most current, research based curriculum and activities for your child. Our center is located in a residential neighborhood and is proud to be an active member of the Brooklyn Park community. Our center is bright, clean and organized. We are proud to show off our beautiful school and would love to meet you. Contact us for a tour today!

Our center supports military families through participation in the Child Care Aware program.

Olivia Sage, 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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

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

Our teachers are required to maintain continuing education training hours throughout the year. Our teachers attend two Professional Development Days a year. Many of our teachers have been teaching at our school for over 10 years. Our teachers bring love, support and dedication to our students and their families.

  • Olivia Sage, Center Director

    Your child's foundation for success starts now. I love creating and supporting intentional learning environments for students to further develop their academic, social, and physical growth and development. Helping teachers and students foster a love for life-long learning is my calling.

    Olivia lives in Burnsville with her husband, Joe, and their dog Rush. Joe is a teacher in the Shakopee School District, who obtained his MA in educational leadership, and continues to pursue his passion for learning at Morehead State. Olivia and Joe are passionate about the education of youth and dedicated to pursuing educational excellence in their many roles with students and families. Olivia's experience working with kids began in a child care setting at age 16. After a couple years, Olivia was trained in personal care for children and adults with disabilities, working in homes and in centers with a variety of physical and mental needs among her clients. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Olivia began her teaching career in St. Paul in a second grade classroom. With summers off, Olivia began working with the City of Bloomington in the Parks and Recreation Division in their inclusion department. While working with the city, Olivia developed a program for preschool through grade one students for daily care throughout the summer months. Olivia oversaw the staff, growth, and success of this program, and eventually oversaw another existing summer program for school-aged children.  After two years teaching in St. Paul, Olivia responded to an opportunity to teach preschool in a new culture and location in her hometown of Bloomington. She is an active member of NAEYC and enjoys spending time with children and families outside of work, attending sporting events, dance recitals, and other community programs. 

    Previous Experience:
    Developer and Coordinator of Youth Programming (two years), Preschool Teacher (two years), Inclusion Services and Assistant Coordinator (two years), Second Grade Teacher (two years)
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax and The Giving Tree 

    Year Started:
    11/21/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Emma Mahn

    Ms. Emma Mahn, Assistant Director

    The most important part of my role is making sure that I am overseeing that our center is a safe environment, a loving center, and a friendly place where learning can occur everyday. I love being able to witness the talents that each teacher has and also being able to oversee all the learning, laughter, and joy that encompasses every sector of this center.

    Emma enjoys supporting our teaching staff. She has a passion for teaching, so she is always willing to help our students and families achieve their education and developmental milestones. She is eager to meet you and your family!

    Previous Experience:
    Emma has worked for KinderCare since 2008. She started as the toddler aide at our Brooklyn Center location. She then worked her way up to the lead preschool teacher position by 2013.
    Year Started:
    8/20/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lakesha

    Ms. Lakesha, Toddler

    I love the unpredictability and challenges of working with the toddlers. Working with this age groups ensures that it's never the same thing twice. I love walking into the classroom and seeing all the toddlers running to greet me with hugs and kisses. They are the most important focus in the room.

    Ms. Lakesha is a creative and incredible teacher. Ms. Lakesha is always creating memories in her classroom and encourages the toddler to participate in activites to keep their minds active.

    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    First experience
    Education:
    Persuing a Child Development Associate Certificate
  • Ms. Colleen

    Ms. Colleen, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy watching the preschool students grow, change and learn new things. It is wonderful to see them become proud and happy when they achieve their developmental goals.

    Ms. Colleen has been a vital part of our schools educational program since 1985. She brings a high level of experience, education and kindness to our preschool program. She is also our school's Health and Safety Coordinator.

    Year Started:
    11/12/1985
    Tenure:
    31 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 years
  • Ms. Yvonne

    Ms. Yvonne, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy watching the students grow and learn. I also enjoy helping them get ready for their big adventure into Kindergarten.

    Ms. Yvonne works closely with our students and families for Kindergarten readiness. She is a big support in following goals and developmental needs for the students Kindergarten success.

    Year Started:
    10/30/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Taneshia

    Ms. Taneshia, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Taneshia is an invaluable support staff. She is able to step in to any classroom as needed and also handles much of our center's cooking. Ms. Taneshia is especially aware of the educational and social benefits of our program and strives to make sure all children can take advantage of all the learning that occurs .

    Year Started:
    5/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Business Adminstration with an emphasis in Accounting
  • Ms. Felecia

    Ms. Felecia, School Age

    I enjoy supporting the families and students of our school. I enjoy the children's laughter and bright smiles.

    Ms. Felecia supports classrooms and teachers throughout our center. She has a high level of early education training and is very excited to have completed her Bachelor's Degree this year. She is a great support to our classrooms, students and families.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Tiffany Johnson

    Ms. Tiffany Johnson, Infant Classroom

    "Sometimes, in order to get something you never had, you have to do something you've never done.

    Tiffany grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born on January 5th 1972 to Leon and Vivian Johnson. She is the oldest of three children and does not have any children of her own.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Johnson has 20+ years experience in the Social Service Industry which includes working with children, elders, and mentally challenged adults.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web and Cat In The Hat

    Year Started:
    3/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Human Services; Medical Assistant Certificate
  • Ms. Tanisha Foster

    Ms. Tanisha Foster, Infant Classroom

    Tanisha was born February 6th, 1994. She was born and raised in Minnesota, and spent her summers in Tennessee. She attended Armstrong and graduated at Osseo Senior High in 2012. Tanisha is still working on her business degree from North Hennepin Community College. She had her first child in the summer of 2015 who attends KinderCare, too! Tanisha is completing her child development associate through Rasmussen College. 

    Previous Experience:
    Special Education Bus Driver; Personal Care Assistant; Merchandiser Sales Representative; Sales Associate
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Because of Winn Dixie

    Year Started:
    1/23/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Attending Rasmussen for her child development associate
  • Ms. Mattie Schultz

    Ms. Mattie Schultz, Preschool Classroom

    The best way to someone's heart is through their stomach.

    Mattie was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She got married in April 2016 to her husband, Philip. Her and her husband moved to Utah for one year. Mattie loves to bake and cook! She comes from a very big family, so many new babies are welcomed each year!

    Previous Experience:
    Mattie has had experience working as a nanny and working in an in-home daycare in St. Cloud.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    1/23/2017
    Education:
    Ms. Schultz attended the University of North Dakota for two years.
  • Ms. Sharee Dalton

    Ms. Sharee Dalton, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Love over everything.

    Sharee is a graduate of Park Center Senior High and is the oldest of eight children. Sharee attends North Hennepin Community College in hopes of obtaining her Liberal Arts degree. Ms. Dalton is seeking to find her passion, and at KinderCare, she feels reminded of how important it is to build connections with children at young ages.

    Previous Experience:
    Party Host at Brunswick Zone XL; Minneapolis Kids Team Member through Minneapolis Public Schools
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Junie B. Jones series

    Year Started:
    2/13/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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

  • Brazilian Portuguese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Xerxes Avenue KinderCare is located in a quiet residential area. We have an open-concept building which enables all teachers to work as a team in order to support our children and families.

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.

I have a six-year-old son who has been going to the Xerxes Avenue KinderCare for almost two years. I wanted to let you know how much he really likes going to KinderCare and how great the staff is there. My son really loves going to KinderCare and the staff at the center. The center has been a great place for him to learn, grow and make great friends. The children are always engaged in the best of activities - especially the summer activities! As a parent, I really like the Kelsey enrichment programs and the other learning activities that the center offers. My son was enrolled in the Kelsey math and reading programs as well as Cooking Adventures. He thoroughly enjoyed them all - his favorite was cooking. He is inspired to try new foods, cook at home and help in the kitchen. That made it well worth the fee. Now, if only you could come up with a learning module that would inspire him to clean-up his room and pick-up his toys!

- Parent

I am so thankful that I have a great relationship with my daughter's teachers, any time I have a question they answer it right away, if I need to check up on her during the day, I call the center and they are more than helpful to answer any questions I have. I have no unresolved issues because you always do a thorough job of following up with me. I was referred by a friend through work years ago, but didn’t listen. I had a really bad experience at another well known child care center which then brought me to KinderCare. I regret not listening to my friend earlier. Now I am always telling people that they need to attend this center because the phenomenal staff. I love KINDERCARE and all the staff!

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  • Toddler Summer Calendar - Check out all the fun activities and in-house events planned for this summer at Xerxes KinderCare!
  • Preschool & Pre-K Summer Calendar - Check out all the fun activities and in-house events planned for the Preschoolers and Pre-K children this summer at Xerxes KinderCare!
  • School-age Summer Calendar - Check out all the fun activities and fieldtrips planned for our school-agers this summer at Xerxes KinderCare!

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