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Xerxes Avenue KinderCare

Marissa Albritton, Center Director

7964 Xerxes Ave. North Brooklyn Park MN 55444
(763) 566-0688 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
W of Hwy 252 & S of 85th

Neighborhood:
Xerxes Avenue KinderCare

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Edinbrook, Crest View, Palmer Lake, Birch Grove, Excel Academy, Fair Oaks, Zanewood, Athlos, and St. Al's

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

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.

Marissa Albritton, 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.

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

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.

  • Marissa Albritton

    Marissa Albritton, Center Director

    Children are our future. Doing everything in my power to ensure their optimal growth and development is what inspires me to come to work everyday with the determination to make a difference in the lives of the children, families and ultimately, our society.

    After completing my degree at UofM, I moved to Brazil to teach English to preschoolers and train English teachers in developmentally appropriate practices at Colegio Helyos. Due to this experience I am a fluent Portuguese speaker and have developed a passion for international travel. I also have experience working at the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory Preschool and the University of Minnesota Child Development Center. While studying, I served as an Urban 4H club leader working with a variety of ages in community outreach, life skills and afterschool/summer enrichment. Before being promoted to the Center Director of the Xerxes Brooklyn Park location, I was the Assistant Director at the Andover KinderCare location for over a year. I currently live in Crystal and enjoy singing and playing guitar, gardening and swimming (weather permitting) in my free time. I am so excited to have this opportunity to be the Center Director at the Xerxes Ave Brooklyn Park KinderCare Learning Center!

    Previous Experience:
    B.S. in Early Childhood Education with double minor in Business Mangagment and Child Psychology. Assistant Director at the Andover KinderCare location (1 year). Teachers aid at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center (2 years). Co-teacher at the Shirley G. Moore Lab School (1 year). Club leader of an Urban 4H club (2 years). English immersion teacher and teacher trainer at Colegio Helyos in Brazil (8 months). Overnight summer camp counselor for Camp Tamarack (10 years). Franklin Housing Cooperative Board of Directors President (2 years).
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree and The Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    5/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    B.S. Early Childhood Education, Child Psychology and Business Management
  • 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. Irene

    Ms. Irene, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy watching the infants achieve their first milestones in life.

    Ms. Irene has been one of our amazing infant teachers since 1982. She works very closely with our families to ensure that the infants are meeting their developmental goals. Ms. Irene is a wonderful source of information and support for families in our infant program.

    Year Started:
    1/18/1982
    Tenure:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    32 years
  • Ms. Yee

    Ms. Yee, Infants

    'Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.'-Haim Ginott. It is my job and my duty to make impression on every infant that enters through my classroom and I seek to build genuine relationships with all families so they can entrust me with their most precious jewel; their baby.

    Ms. Yee is extremely gifted in the early education field. She deals with each unique infant with the upmost love. Ms. Yee creates that home away from home feeling for each child in her care and delivers her work with pride everyday.

    Year Started:
    9/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology, minor in Child Psychology
  • 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. Diamond

    Ms. Diamond, Toddler

    I enjoy my job because it allows me to have a direct impact on a toddler's early childhood education.

    Ms. Diamond is an extremely flexible and well rounded teacher. Ms. Diamonds brings so much passion and love into her classroom each and every day. Although Ms. Diamond is only a support staff and here part-time, she is without a doubt missed daily.

    Year Started:
    7/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
  • 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, Support Staff

    I most enjoy all of the children's smiling faces and knowing that they look forward to seeing me each day.

    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:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing Associates of Arts Degree
  • 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

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

  • 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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