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Burnsville KinderCare

Dawn Workman, Center Director

1888 East 134th St. Burnsville MN 55337
(952) 891-3800 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at 134th St & County Rd 11

Near the intersection of County Road 11 and Highway 35E

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
This Center Buses TO and FROM Westview, Southview and Gideon Pond, Sioux Trail, William Byrne, Sky Oaks and Echo Park Elementary Schools. AM Bus Runs will take place between 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM PM Bus Runs will take place between 2:30 PM to 4:00 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 Burnsville KinderCare. We are very excited to work with you and your family on this educational journey. Here at Burnsville KinderCare, we focus on the whole child. Our comprehensive curriculum, as well as our passionate teachers, will guide your child’s learning while enhancing their emotional, physical and creative abilities. Outside of providing high quality education for your child, we also provide a safe and clean environment. By maintaining the highest level of security and cleanliness, your child can be free to learn and explore without the added stress of an uncontrolled environment.

Dawn Workman, 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


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.


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

The teachers and staff at Burnsville KinderCare share a passion for educating young children. We have many long-term teachers who take pride in their classrooms and build positive relationships with each family enrolled in the center. Our teachers have an average tenure of seven years with many exceeding 10 years. All of our lead teachers and assistant teachers hold or are pursuing a Child Development Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in fields relating to children’s development and education. Our teachers take pride in their classrooms as well as the continued educational experiences they provide for the children each day.

  • Dawn Workman

    Dawn Workman, Center Director

    I love to see the learning that takes place in the center each and every day. There is so much joy and satisfaction not only on the children's faces but also on the teachers face each and every day they interact with all the children. I am so grateful I get to play such a important roll in all of the children's lives that enroll at our center.

    Dawn shares her passion for early education each and every day at Burnsville KinderCare. Through her education and professional experience, Dawn leads the team of teachers and staff at Burnsville KinderCare with passion and excitement. She has the ability to focus equally on the well-being of the children, the teachers and the center as a whole. Dawn spends each day maintaining a positive environment where children can safely explore and learn. She has 23 years of working with children in the Early Education field with a strong passion for building meaningful bonds with all families at Burnsville KinderCare, She works with teachers and families to provide a safe learning environment for all children. Dawn is married with two grown children. She loves to spend quality time with her family outside of work.

    Previous Experience:
    Dawn has worked in the Early Childhood Education field all of her life. She has worked at one other center and also has had her own home daycare before finally settling down at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Child Development Associate
  • Kirsten Jakubic-Goncalves

    Kirsten Jakubic-Goncalves, Assistant Director

    Dawn spends each day maintaining a positive environment where children can safely explore and learn. She has 23 years of working with children in the Early Education field. With a strong passion for building meaningful bonds with all families at Burnsville KinderCare,  She works with teachers and families to provide a safe learning environment for all children. Dawn is married with two grown children. She loves to spend quality time with her family outside of work.Childhood Education field all of her life.  She has worked at one other center and also has had her own home daycare before finally settling down at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infant Classroom

    I love walking into a classroom knowing the kids will be happy to see me and my ability to make them laugh.

    Ms. Amanda started working with the children while attending college and developed her passion for children. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in winter of 2012. Ms. Amanda enjoys creating and implementing art projects with the Infants. She loves watching them interact and have fun during projects. Ms. Amanda believes the Infants excel from more hands-on attention from their teachers and their ability to explore their environments.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining to KinderCare Ms. Amanda worked at Lake Superior State University Child Development Center and student taught at Washington Elementary School.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cheri

    Ms. Cheri, Toddler Classroom

    It is a pleasure to see the excitement on a child's face when they are participating in fun activities or when they are learning something new.

    Ms. Cheri began at KinderCare working in the older infant room. She moved to the toddler room in 2008 where she currently teaches. She thoroughly enjoys teaching this age group because she is able to witness and participate in their leaning at such an important time in their little lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cheri has gained all of her childcare knowledge through employment at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Liberal Arts Degree in English
  • Ms. Hannah

    Ms. Hannah, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching them something new and watching their reactions as they learn and understand the concepts. I also love having the opportunity to work and be around children. Seeing their smiling faces makes my day.

    Ms. Hannah has joined our team in 2011 as our Discovery Preschool teacher. She works closely with the two year olds and prepares them for our Preschool classroom. Ms. Hannah has a great way getting down to the children's level and interacting with them. She enjoys having the opportunity to teach the children and watch them grow and learn as they spend their time in her classroom. Observing Ms. Hannah teach and interact with the children you see her passion for children through the children's giggles and Ms. Hannah's smile. Her excitement to teach is vibrant and we enjoy having her apart of our teaching team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hannah completed her internship at a small child care center, but gained most of her knowledge and experience here at KinderCare Learning Center.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Two years
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool Classroom

    I love teaching because I know I am making a difference in a child's life. I also love seeing their smiling faces and getting big hugs.

    Ms. Melissa has worked for KinderCare since she was 18 years old. She has experience teaching in every classroom and loves being a part of the children’s educational journey. Ms. Melissa currently teaches in the preschool classroom. She holds her Child Development Associates Degree.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has gained all of her childcare knowledge through employment at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Shama

    Ms. Shama, Preschool Classroom

    I love to see children's smiling faces each day. I enjoy making a difference in a child life as well as building relationships with their parents.

    Ms. Shama has been with KinderCare since March of 2003 and teaches in the preschool classroom. She has experience working with our preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten classrooms. She enjoys using our comprehensive curriculum to help the children learn and grow each day. Ms. Shama holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shama has gained much of her early childhood knowledge from KinderCare, but she does have experience working with a Montessori program as well.
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love witnessing a child learn and discover in my classroom. I also enjoy seeing the eager smiles and receiving warm hugs when I see the children each day.

    Ms. Becky has been with KinderCare since June 2004 and has over 18 years of experience in the early childhood education field. She has spent most of her time with the prekindergarten children, but she loves working with children of all ages. She maintains a safe environment where children can learn and thrive at their own pace. Ms. Becky holds her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becky has spent time teaching in public schools as well as working with all age groups in an early childhood setting.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy seeing that special twinkle in a child's eye when they understand a new concept. I also love the warm hugs I receive each day.

    Ms. Michele has been working for KinderCare since June 2001 and teaches in the prekindergarten classroom. She has spent time with preschool age children as well as the prekindergarteners. She has been a lead prekindergarten teacher for 10 years. She brings a huge passion for early literacy into her classroom which prepares children for a successful transition to kindergarten. Ms. Michele holds her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michele has spent time as an early childhood teacher with KinderCare as well as another early childhood facility.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Kristen, School Age Classroom

    I love watching children learn and grow. I also enjoy learning new things from them each day. Working with children renews my passion for education every time I walk into my classroom.

    Ms. Zach has been with KinderCare since March 2014. He has spent time in all of our classrooms, but spends most of his time as our school age teacher. He uses his knowledge of education to plan age appropriate activities and facilitate continuous learning in his room.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristen has gained most of her early education knowledge from KinderCare as well as another early learning center in Pennsylvania.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Working toward her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary 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

Burnsville KinderCare is conveniently located near the intersection of County Road 11 and Highway 35E. Our school is in close proximity to many local elementary schools and participates in local community events. 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Here at Burnsville KinderCare we are committed to the health and safety of all children.  We are a secure facility with a coded entry.  We also have a health and safety coordinator on site that not only conducts monthly fire and tornado drills but also monitors the health and safety of all aspect of our building. We as a team will assure that when you drop your child off you can head out for your day worry free.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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

Teachers have helped my child maintain a sense of stability and safety. They've protected, loved and taught her. Everyday the teachers are there for her when I can't be. All the teachers are excellent role models for my daughter.

- School Age Parent

KinderCare does an excellent job ensuring that all students are ready for kindergarten. Students enter kindergarten knowing their letters and sounds, how to write their names and how to participate in a school setting. The curriculum is fun, engaging and most importantly, age-appropriate. From a teacher's perspective, it is wonderful to have students entering into school with a KinderCare background. Great job KinderCare!

- Local Kindergarten Teacher

Teachers have helped my child grow mentally and physically. She has learned so much over the past three-and-a-half years.

- Prekindergarten Parent

My family enjoys the amount of activities KinderCare offers in addition the high standards for education and safety.

- Preschool and School Age Parent

KinderCare is a home away from home.

- Prekindergarten Parent

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