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Champlin KinderCare

Jessica Bistodeau, Center Director

202 E Hayden Lake Rd. Champlin MN 55316
(763) 323-8300 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
W of Hwy 169 behind Champlin Plaza

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Our center provides transportation for children attending school at Oxbow Elementary, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy and Dayton Elementary. Please inquire within the center regarding other possible schools.

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 Champlin Kindercare! Our center offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  We have seasoned teachers and fresh ideas that create the foundation for lasting relationships with families.  We value the fact that we are able to offer compassionate care along with the rich curriculum offered by KinderCare-Education. We are honored to be a part of early education and to be a partner with parents in their child's development.

Jessica Bistodeau, 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.


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.

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

At Champlin KinderCare we understand how valuable teacher experience is, and we know that ongoing learning in the fields of child development and early childhood education is vital to providing the greatest early learning expereince for children. Our staff and center culture reflect that. Our team brings a rich variety of backgrounds and passions to our center, including music and special needs education. We are all passionate about teaching and dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment for your child.

  • Jessica Bistodeau

    Jessica Bistodeau, Center Director

    An important part of my job is being able to make a difference and make a positive impact on children. I take pride in learning about each family and each child. I do everything I can to make them feel comfortable about leaving their children in our care each day!

    In 2007 when Jessica joined our KinderCare team, she quickly began making a difference for the children and families. She's worked in every role at the center and loves the challenge of learning something new everyday. Being a leader is something Jessica models for the children and the KinderCare team. In Jessica's free time she loves doing crafts and entertaining family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!" By: Patricia Thomas
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates Degree
  • Shirley Zuber

    Shirley Zuber, Assistant Director

    Children are my passion and they deserve the absoulte best from every adult in their lives.

    Working in the Early Childhood Education field is nothing new for Ms. Shirley. She has been working at several different KinderCare centers and our affiliates for over 5 years.  Being from Chicago, Shirley has over 26 years experience from all different states including, Illinois, Georgia and of course Minnesota. Shirley loves spending time with her three grandchildren when she is not working.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat and the Hat" By: Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associates of Arts Degree
  • Dee

    Dee, Infant Classroom

    I love getting to be a part of children's lives and see the impact we have on them.

    Ms. Dee puts her experience in Early Childhood Education into play not just at the center, but also when chasing her busy toddler.  Together they love to take adventures, dance to music and read new stories. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Three Little Pigs"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Perusing her Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Tammy

    Ms. Tammy, Infant Classroom

    I love my job. It is so rewarding watching the children grow and seeing them achieve all of their milestones along the way!

    Ms. Tammy has been a part of the KinderCare team for over 23 years. She has been an infant room teacher for the majority of her time here. Tammy enjoys being able to watch the infants grow and achieve developmental milestones throughout their first year. She has years of knowledge teaching in the infant classroom and is a great resource to new families looking for parenting advice. Tammy enjoys building relationships with the families and employees within our center. She is a great mentor to new employees and shares her passion for teaching with them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" By: Laura Joffe Numeroff
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Love

    Love, Support Staff

    Take a look at the wold through children's eyes. Children inspire me to look at life from different point of views.

    Love's high level of energy and enthusiastium make the children in her classroom excited to learn.  Love takes the time to get to know each child and their story.  Communication is very important for Love, and you'll hear something special every night when your child is in Love's care. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" By: Bill Martin
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Perusing Child Development Associates
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Toddler Classroom

    I am currently the Toddler Teacher and enjoy watching and assisting the children with their development. I also really enjoy observing children and listening to their stories.

    Ms. Dawn started with KinderCare in 2006. Working with this young group of children has been a joy for her, because she is a part of these children's early growth. Since Ms. Dawn obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Music, she frequently incorporates music into her classroom activities. Children enjoy learning alongside Ms. Dawn because she allows them to utilize their creativity, allows them to work at their own pace, and explore the world around them. Although some of her creative classroom activities cause her to get messy, she enjoys teaching and letting them be creative while learning to work together.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Play With Me" By: Marie Hall Ets
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Music Education
  • Ms. Bridgette

    Ms. Bridgette, PreKindergarten Classroom

    I am passionate about learning and children. I joined these two passions together and look forward to opening up children's worlds using education.

    Ms. Bridgette has four children of her own and has worked for KinderCare since April of 2013. She is creative and has a great sense of humor. Bridgette enjoys planning and implementing the curriculum and loves to observe the children learning new things. She especially does a wonderful job teaching the pre-kindergarten children how to write and gets excited when she sees the progress they have made. Bridgette is very passionate about teaching and enjoys working with all age groups.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Paddington Bear" By: Michael Bond
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, School Age Classroom

    I believe children are our future and we must invest in them to make it bright.

    Ashley has worked in childcare for over 6 years and enjoys her time working with children everyday. A fun part of her job is being able to visit different classrooms and get to know all of the children and families in the building. Ashley is currently in school pursuing her continuing education.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" By: Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Tiffany

    Ms. Tiffany, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children, it makes me happy to see their smiles each day!

    Tiffany has worked in Early Childhood Education for several years, in varying capacities of child care. Tiffany enjoys working with Infants as her specialty and enjoys working with all of the classrooms in a supportive role. Tiffany is beginning her Child Development Associate to fulfill her goal of becoming a Lead Teacher.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You Will Go!
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Perusing Child Development Associates

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

At the Chapmlin KinderCare our goal is to prepare every child for school success while creating a safe and nurturing environment for them to learn. We are committed to providing the best education for your child while they have fun. We look forward to getting to know you are your family and watching your child grow, learn and imagine.

Special Features

  • Multi-Purpose Room
  • Center Library

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

All teachers in our building are CPR and First Aid certified. We have two playgrounds at our center that are fenced in and feature a rubber mat under the play area to help prevent injuries. We also have a keypad entry system for our front door that keeps children and staff safe.

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.

Our children absolutely love their days at Champlin KinderCare! They come home happy and excited about what they’ve learned and the fun they’ve had with their friends, and each morning they look forward to another day at to spend with their Champlin KinderCare family. They are thriving and learning more than we could’ve ever imagined and we are so grateful to Champlin KinderCare for all they do for our family. We know that our kids are in the best hands and we feel safe and secure knowing they are so well cared for with the thoughtful, loving and knowledgeable staff at Champlin KinderCare. The staff there consistently go above and beyond to make sure our children have what they need to be happy and healthy. We recommend Champlin KinderCare very highly to anyone and everyone looking for child care.

- Parent

KinderCare is a place my two kids enjoy going every day. They are flexible and reliable and cater to my children's needs. My kids come home with fun crafts and know things that I didn't even realize they knew! I have recommended KinderCare to friends in the past and will continue to do so!

- Mother

The Champlin KinderCare Center has been wonderful for my family and son, Tristan.  I am a first time parent and the teachers at KinderCare have really helped me with tips and suggestions that would make me a better parent. I have really appreciated the communication that they provide to me every day on the status of Tristan’s day.  We have tried the home daycares but I have noticed that the programs and curriculum that KinderCare provides has allowed my sons educational development to grow which will prepare him for Kindergarten.

- Parent

We have been part of the KinderCare family since the fall of 2008 when our first son was born. I only visited 2 centers in the area and I knew after visiting the other center that I was going to choose KinderCare. The staff here is so great! I have made great connections with the teachers and the Center Director and Assistant Director. It is really comforting knowing that my children are being taken care of during the day while I’m at work and I don’t have to worry about them. We added to our family in the spring of 2011 and the same teacher that took care of my oldest son was still in the infant room at the center. This was great because I knew once again that my new son would be given great care during the day and I wouldn’t have to worry. I have recommended KinderCare to friends and would do so again in the future. This center is a warm and inviting place and all the staff from the Director to teachers truly care about the children and want what’s best for them.

- Mother

Both of our kids have been a part of the Phonics Program at KinderCare. They have both benefited greatly from this class. Our older son is now in school and excels in reading. We regularly get compliments from people, that hear or see him reading, saying that he is so good at it for such a young age! Our younger son has just recently started the Phonics Program and is so excited to come home and tell us about what letters he is learning! He has quickly started identifying letters when he sees them and loves to ask about what words start with what letters. The Phonics Program has been a wonderful experience for both of our children and we would strongly recommend others take advantage of this opportunity!

- Mother

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