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Champlin Park KinderCare

Tyree McDowell, Center Director

9700 Schreiber Terrace Brooklyn Park MN 55445
(763) 424-0267 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS

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Brooklyn Park near the Twin Cities. Close to Champlin. 610 & Zane Ave N.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
This KinderCare Location does not have a School Age program.

We invite you to see for yourself how everything in our Champlin Park KinderCare is designed to help your child meet important milestones and prepare for school success. From interactive white boards and computers to our Learning Adventures Enrichment Programs, it’s all been chosen by KinderCare educational experts to help make learning fun.

We are accepting enrollments for children ages six weeks to six years and look forward to including you and your children in our KinderCare family.

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KinderCare has been in our community offering families a great educational experience for 30 years, and now we’ve added a beautiful new center in the Champlin Park area, located in the Park Place Promenade right off of Hwy 610 & Zane. We are very proud of our new center with it's interactive white boards in the Pre-kindergarten classrooms and computers in the Pre-school and Pre-kindergarten rooms. At KinderCare, we are dedicated to developing the whole child and working closely with our families to to ensure a balance of home and school. Our goal is to help children socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually by using "play" as our primary teaching tool. This hands-on approach combined with our proven, research based curriculum is designed to encourage children to become confident, happy, and self-aware as well as fully prepared for Kindergarten.

Tyree McDowell, 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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.


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.

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Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Thursday August 04, 2016
    1. Mike the Juggler

      Mike the Juggler will be here to show us how to juggle and put on a show.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers at the Champlin Park KinderCare are passionate about teaching young children and value the impact they have on each child's life. It is very important to us that each child is given a great experience at our center and gains a love for learning. Education is top priority in the teacher's personal lives as well. All of our teachers have obtained degrees or are currently pursuing their degree in a related early childhood educational field. In addition to our amazing teachers, we also have a full time cook on our staff who serves our meals fresh and hot from our kitchen. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our KinderCare family.

  • Tyree McDowell

    Tyree McDowell, Center Director

    I believe that there is no greater honor than to be chosen to care for a child. I look forward to providing your family with the highest quality of care and education here at KinderCare.

    Prior to joining the Management Team at Champlin Park KinderCare, Tyree was an Assistant Director at the St. Louis Park site. Her passion and dedication to the field are evident in all her interactions with children, staff, and parents. Tyree has a wealth of experience in the field and started working for Children's World Learning Center (a KinderCare Education company) in 1984 as a three-year-old teacher and eventually as a Center Director in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree, The Rainbow Fish and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Paraprofessional Training Diploma
  • Ms. Kristina Johnson

    Ms. Kristina Johnson, Assistant Director

    I love making a difference in the life of a child and supporting and mentoring our teaching staff.

    Ms. Kristina's role at our school is to provide support to our Center Dierctor and Teaching Staff. She also supports our programs curriculum and works along our teaching staff. Ms. Kristina has three children that have all been through the KinderCare Program and feels like they were prepared for entering school.Ms. Kristina enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends. 

    Previous Experience:
    Kristina has 20 plus years in the Early Childhood Education field. She has been been a teacher in every age group and has previous manager experience. She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole Martin-Henning

    Ms. Nicole Martin-Henning, Assistant Director

    You must always remember you are braver than your believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!"     Christopher Robin

    I currently live in Coon Rapids and am a proud mom of twp boys ages 17 and 10. I love to read and own a Harley which I love riding especially up to the North Shore. I absoluetly love working with children and watching them learn and grow every day! I also enjoy getting to know the families and being a part of their lives!

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole started with Children's World Learning Center in 2005 as an Aid and then became a lead qualified teacher in the Preschool Program. She then joined Knowledge Beginnings as a Lead Infant room teacher and most recently joined the Champlin Park team as an Assistant Director. Nicole brings great stengths in building relationships with families and
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox and Socks
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Cassey

    Ms. Cassey,

    Your mind is a powerful thing. When You fill it up with Positive thoughts, your life will start to change".

    I am in this field to help children learn and grow everyday. When one of them learns something new, I love how excited they get and they continue to strive to do it right. I love it at KinderCare. I love spending my days teaching children new things and seeing each child's smile everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love you Forever By. Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5 Years
    Associates degree from Anoka- Ramsey College.
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Infant 1 Classroom

    “I love teaching because I love seeing the wonderment and joy on the children’s faces.”

    Ms. Lori has just completed her Child Development Associate's credential from Rasmussen College in early 2013. Prior to working in a center-based program, she ran her own in-home licensed childcare facility for 27 years before retiring. Ms. Lori began to miss being around children every day so much that she returned to the child care profession to work at The Learning Experience. A true testament to her dedication to the children and families that she cares for is that several families followed Ms. Lori back to the center when we opened it in March of 2012. Ms. Lori has two grown children of her own and four grandchildren. In her free time, she likes traveling, sewing, crocheting, walking, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Infant 2

     " A person's a person no matter how small".
                                                        Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a who

    Ms. Sue is currently finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education from Moorhead State University. She has a passion for all age groups the first five years of life and believes it is in those years of life that shape us into the people we will become. Specifically to infants, they are amazing! They change from one day to the next in development. I love the light and joy in their eyes. I love partnering with parents and families.
      KinderCare vies me as a teacher, not a childcare provider. They give me the training and support I need to be successful. We focus on the partnership with families and building those important relationships.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+ years
    Associates in Early Childhood Education from Moorhead State University.A
  • Ms. Chelsey

    Ms. Chelsey, Infant 3 Classroom

    “Knowing that I will have a positive impact on the Infant’s lives that I work with motivates me.”

    Ms. Chelsey began her career with KinderCare working at the Maple Grove site. She has experience working with all age groups, but is most passionate about our earliest learners, the infants. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and especially her son Ezra.  Chelsey also enjoys Caribou Coffee.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Toddler A

    “I feel I make a difference in the world by helping children giggle and grow. I have the honor of viewing the world through their eyes, which in turn grows my enthusiasm for life.”

    Ms. Kathy first learned about KinderCare when her granddaughter attended a different KinderCare center in Brooklyn Park. She saw the wonderful impact KinderCare was having on her granddaughter, which sparked her interest to work for the company. She now enjoys knowing that she will have a significant impact in the lives of the children and families she works with. Ms. Kathy has had experience working as a book seller and event coordinator for children’s literature. She also used to be an educational consultant for Discovery Toys. Ms. Kathy has two grown children of her own and one granddaughter. She enjoys making art, reading, Sudoku, yoga, and walking.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies and Fine Arts, Master's Degree in Holistic Health Studies
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Toddlers

    'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.' -Nelson Mandela

    Tara has a passion to work with children and make a difference in their lives by creating a positive and enjoyable environment in which they will flourish. Tara also has some schooling form North Hennepin Technical College.

    Previous Experience:
    Before KinderCare, Tara had previous experience in the Early Childhood Education Field with other licensed schools as well as experience in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Froggy Series
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Discovery Preschool

     I like to see the child's expression on their face when they accomplish what they are learning for the first time. I like KinderCare because I know that I make a difference in the life of each child's life.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education degree form North Hennepin Technical College.
  • Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A person's a person no matter how Small!" - Dr. Seuss

    Seeing the children do something for the first time and continuing the learned lesson. I love working with the children and to help set them up for success. I wanted to work for KinderCare because I attended KinderCare as a child. I loved my teachers and wanted to continue the passion.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise.
    Year Started:
    Currently attending Hennepin Technical College for Child Development and Psychology.
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Preschool and Prekindergarten

    “I love watching the excitement in children's faces when they grasp a new concept.”

    Ms. Kate has experience working with children with special needs along with working in centers and for the school district. She actually interned at a KinderCare in Rochester, which sparked her interest in working for our company. Ms. Kate knows that her heart lies with little ones. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her family. She loves watching all sports, especially baseball, hockey, basketball and football.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early education
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Preschool Classroom

    The children are what inspire me to come to work every day. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces as we learn new things together.

    Ms. Kayla is a Lead Teacher in our Preschool 2 classroom.  She is inspired by having a positive impact on the lives of the children she cares for. Her passions include reading, playing the cello and playing board games.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Children and Family Ministries
  • Ms. Dianne

    Ms. Dianne, Cook

    “I love helping the children learn how to show love and compassion toward others.”

    Ms. Dianne takes her responsibility to serve children fresh and healthy meals seriously. She has been cooking for childcare programs for three years. She has her Food Manager License through the State of Minnesota. In addition, Ms. Dianne is certified through Serv Safe. Ms. Dianne has four grown children and five grandchildren. She is passionate about music, fishing, and sports.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years

July 2016 Events

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  1. Monday July 04, 2016
    1. Independence Day - Center Closed

  2. Thursday July 21, 2016
    1. Bubble Party

      The bubble party will be here and have lots of bubbles, games and dancing for us to have fun with.

  3. Friday July 22, 2016
    1. Favorite hat day

      Come to school wearing your favorite hat!

  4. Monday July 25, 2016
    1. Fire Truck

      The fire truck will be here for us to explore. The firefighters will teach us about fire safety.

  5. Wednesday July 27, 2016
    1. Dino Dig

      The children will be able to explore dinosaurs and fossils on a dino hunt.

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.

Special Features

  • Indoor Gym
  • Smart Boards in Pre-K Classrooms
  • Computers in Preschool & Pre-K classes

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed on the following days:
New Year's Day
President's Day - for Professional Development
Memorial Day
July Fourth
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day 
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. Not only are all of our outside perimeter doors locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the interior doors of the building have a coded entry where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. A door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member. At the Champlin Park KinderCare, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. The Health and Safety Coordinator’s role includes conducting monthly disaster and fire drills, ensuring that all staff’s First Aid and CPR certificates are up to date, as well as Shaken Baby and SIDS prevention training, and maintaining the center’s high cleanliness standards.

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.

Being first time parents is full of amazing challenges and often times you second guess yourself.  The one thing we have not wondered about doing right is choosing Kindercare.  The entire staff, from infant to pre-K and head staff, want to get to know your child.  The learning that goes on daily with the children is amazing.  They forge friendships, develop new skills, and learn new things.  The amount of teaching, even at an infant age is astounding.  But beyond the learning, the love and caring of the entire staff is incredible.  Asking how your weekend was and noticing the new little changes in your child from day to day.  One of the most valuable things I have found at Champlin Kindercare, is as a first time parent, when you have questions about bottles, food, sleeping, or anything, you can always ask the staff, and they will answer your questions, give you advice, ease your doubts, and encourage you as they have all the experience in the world.  We couldn’t be happier with Champlin KinderCare!
The Thomsons

- Parent

We've been sending our two daughters to the Champlin Park KinderCare since June 2012. From the teachers, to the cook, to the management, the staff is outstanding! We know our daughters are in good hands at Kinder Care, and that everyone there genuinely cares for them and their well-being. The structure is more like a school, not just a babysitting service. Our three year old enjoys time with her friends and loves to tell us what she has learned each day. The additional enrichment options are great for our preschooler that is ready for more challenges, we have no doubt she'll be well prepared for school when the time comes. Our one year old is reaching milestones with help from the terrific staff in the infant room. The ratios allow her to get the attention she needs and classroom fosters age-appropriate development.

- Parents

We cannot be happier with the educational programs my children are receiving at KinderCare. We feel great joy from seeing how much our children are learning and love the communication from their teachers about what they learned at school that day. We truly value the continued commitment to my children's development from the KinderCare team.

- Parents

As a parent, you want the best learning environment for your children, with the right amount of balance with fun, KinderCare-Champlin for us was an easy choice. The open line of communication between the teachers and parents is amazing. I want to know that the teachers my daughter interacts with for most part of the day know who she is, understands her and keep me informed and that is exactly what I get at my center and more. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I am part of a big family at this center, from the Center director to the cook, everyone is so friendly and supportive and I haven’t been able to find that kind of atmosphere at other centers. The approach to learning is highly interactive and I see my daughter picking up manners and developing rapidly every day. Our ability to entrust our most treasured blessing with the teachers and staff at this center has been a wonderful experience!!

- Parents

We are so glad we found KinderCare and the staff at Champlin Park; they are fantastic. The Teachers, Director, and Assistant Director are easy to work with and have great communication and truly care about each and every child that attends. We know our son is in great hands and getting the same love and attention he gets at home. We have no worries when he’s at school, which any parent knows is very hard to find. We love it here!

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