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Burnsville West KinderCare

Joanna Etshokin, Center Director

1800 Greenwood Dr. Burnsville MN 55337
(952) 890-5116 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Cty Rd 5 and Hwy 13.

Apartments surrounding - Across from Super America & Subway

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Vista View, Edward Neill, & Marion and W Savage Elementary Schools. Please Call the Center if a parent requests a school not on this list. ● AM bus runs take place between 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM ● PM bus runs take place between 2:50 PM and 3:50 PM

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 to the Burnsville West KinderCare. We are located at the intersection of Highway 13 and County Road 5 in Burnsville, servicing Burnsville, Savage, and the surrounding areas. We are NAEYC accredited and pride ourselves in following the criteria and guidelines set forth by both the National Association for the Education of Young Children and KinderCare Education. We believe in providing enrichments and activities that ensure each child in our program excels socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our family oriented center provides a warm and nurturing atmosphere for children. Here at the Burnsville West KinderCare, we are dedicated and committed to the safety and education of the children we serve, preparing them for a lifetime of learning.

Joanna Etshokin, 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.

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


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

Welcome to Burnsville West KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs. We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms and curriculum to help prepare your student for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play, sensory tables and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

  • Joanna Etshokin

    Joanna Etshokin, Center Director

    Around here, we don't look backwards for very long...we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

    Joanna comes to the Burnsville West team with many years of experience teaching, leading teams and investing time in quality education. One of her favorite things to do at school is read. The best part of her day is reading books daily to every classroom in the center. She loves to run marathons, laugh, and collect anything that is the color pink.

    Previous Experience:
    Joanna has over a decade of experience working as an elementary teacher, curriculum writer and mentor to teachers and students.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and German Language Instruction
  • Cyndi Cedergren

    Cyndi Cedergren, Assistant Director

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -Dr. Suess

    I have worked in ECE since graduation and have 2 beautiful daughters (now teenagers) that started KinderCare when they were 12 weeks of age-our SA program. I am a true believer in children's education and am excited to watch your child(ren) learn and grow in our care each and every day.

    Previous Experience:
    Adolescent counselor (2yrs.), KinderCare Infant teacher (1yr.), KinderCare Asst. Director (2 yrs.), KinderCare Director (15 yrs.)
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in Child Development and Family Science
  • Ruchika Kaundal

    Ruchika Kaundal, Preschool Classroom

    Education is doing anything that changes you.

    Ruchika is a master at incorporating the KinderCare curriculum into her classroom. When you visit her room it is very apparent what the kids are learning. Her walls are full of children's work samples which demonstrate growth in their reading, writing and social skills. Ruchika is very excited to teach her students new things and watch them have daily "aha!" moments.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ruchika spent time working at the Lakeville and Eagan KinderCare centers before joining the Burnsville team. She has a Masters in Botany from the University of New Dehli in India and is currently working on her child development associate degree from Rasmussen College.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Botany from the University of New Dehli, India
  • Farida Melatyar

    Farida Melatyar, Infant Classroom

    I love to see the excitement on the children's faces when they learn something new. Everything is exciting to them! The children inspire me and I love that every day I see growth taking place in each child.

    Farida loves KinderCare's curriculum and philosophy. She and her fellow colleagues enjoy teaching the lessons to her infant students each day. Her favorite activity is doing art activities with the children. She loves to bring smiles to the children's faces and guide them as they learn new things.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Jen Rasmussen

    Jen Rasmussen, Toddler Classroom

    I love having fun with the children and enjoy helping them learn valuable life lessons that they can use for the rest of their lives.

    Jen enjoys teaching and encouraging the toddlers to reach many of their memorable milestones. She encourages each student to reach their milestones by reading, singing, dramatic play, art, and small group instruction. Jen implements her daily curriculum through fun activities, routine, and individualized instruction. Jen finds her job rewarding by the great greeting of toddler smiles and hugs every morning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Miss Nelson is Missing! by James Marshall · Harry Allard
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Tanna Wilson

    Tanna Wilson, Multi-Age Classroom

    I love seeing the kids and I enjoy watching them explore and discover new things.

    Ms. Tanna is always happy to be around children of all ages. She loves to put a smile on her children's faces the second she walks into her classroom and continues to spread her warmth and nurturing personality day in and day out. She provides a curriculum rich learning environment full of discovery and creativity.

    Previous Experience:
    Tanna has previous experience working closely with special needs children. She remains strongly committed to their education and full child development.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Pursuing her Child Development Credentials
  • Theresa Enzenauer

    Theresa Enzenauer, School Age Classroom

    I love being creative through my teaching and being a positive influence in each student's life. I smile everyday when I see how unique and talented each student is both in and out of our classroom.

    Theresa puts her whole heart and soul into the school-age classroom. She is dedicated to learning each individual personality of the children in her class. Theresa is a very interactive and hands on teacher. She loves to build relationships with the parents and enjoys making people smile.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rattle Trap Car by Phyllis Root
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education

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

We are very happy to meet with you and your child. You are going to love our newly remodeled classrooms. They are bright, open, and welcoming to children. We provide a safe, secure, and stimulating environment. 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Parent Aware Four Star Rating

    Parent Aware Four Star Rating

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

Special Features

  • Independent classrooms for guided learning and instruction.
  • Purposeful small group play areas that reflect each classroom's current curriculum unit.
  • Students are taught in a least restrictive environment. No barriers are in place to prevent individual student learning.
  • Staff has 100 years of combined teaching experience in early childhood education.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day (Staff Inservice)
Memorial Day
Independence Day (July 4th)
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Staff Inservice)
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At Burnsville West, safety is a top priority. We have a keypad entry and a secured fenced playground. Our staff is First Aid and CPR certified and has been trained on center preparedness in the case of any emergency. We also have a staff memeber that is a certified EMT.

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 enjoyed bringing my two youngest children to KinderCare Burnsville! My daughter was in the Prekindergarten class and my son is in the Infant room. In addition to working, finishing my degree and being a busy mom of four children, I wanted my younger two children to attend a school that will give them the same love and attention that I do. I am impressed with the things my Preschooler has learned in her class. She has matured and is confident with starting Kindergarten next fall. I also couldn't have asked for better Infant teachers for my son. I was nervous about having my Infant son attend a day care. The center that he is at has the most caring and nurturing teachers! He has big smiles when he's there!  I highly recommend KinderCare Burnsville because the entire staff makes me feel welcome and part of their family. They have a lot of fun and they truly enjoy what they do. Keep up the terrific work!

- Mother

What a blessing! The employees here truly love children as well as their jobs. Right away I could tell a difference. My daughter was now excited to go to daycare every day, as well as not wanting to go home when I pick her up She began to interact with other children. The teacher supplies me with a “Report Card” every day telling me what my child did. It includes how much she ate, what exactly she ate, when she was changed, how long she would nap for and even what she had fun doing that day. My daughter has been struggling with her speech, and the teachers at this facility take extra time to work with her and make sure she is comfortable. I have seen a major improvement. She has been enrolled in this facility for only a few months and she has gone from saying virtually nothing to knowing basic words- mama, daddy, cup, and snack to even counting to 10, knowing the beginning of her ABC’S.

- Mother

As working parents it is very hard to find good care for your precious little one. Since coming to the Burnsville West KinderCare location our baby seems a lot happier in the mornings. We appreciate the attention and concerns always expressed by you and staff. Thank you and hope to continue the good care of our baby.

- Parents

​We wish to take a moment to express how thankful we have been for Kindercare at Burnsville West, and how much it has helped our daughter grow! From the day we first walked in the building, we have felt like we are a part of a tight-knit family. From the first visit and tour to our daily morning drop-off the teachers, staff, and kids have always helped our little Emma feel safe, welcome, and loved.

​We have seen our daughter grow by leaps and bounds while in the hands of loving and capable teachers who had her naming shapes and colors while singing her ABC’s and pointing out colors before we knew what hit us! From the front office to every teacher who waits for one of her hugs when she enters the room, everyone at Kindercare has gone above and beyond to make Emma feel loved and strives to help her learn and grow. 

​We have been very fortunate to have a close, safe, and reliable daycare provider that is convenient and accommodating for our family’s hectic schedule. Through it all, everyone has been compassionate and gone the extra mile to listen to us and make us feel cared for. We look forward to growing our family in the near future, and bringing Emma’s little brother or sister to join her! Thank you!

- Parent

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