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Coon Rapids Blvd KinderCare

Katie Johnson, Center Director

1800 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW Coon Rapids MN 55433
(763) 755-0010 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
just S of Hanson

Hansen Blvd and Coon Rapids Blvd

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Adams Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Morris Bye Elementary (morning drop off only), Mississippi Elementary (school transports to the Center)

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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Passion, Engagement, Commitment, and Confidence… what do these four characteristics have in common?  They are all part of our customer promise to each and every child in our care.  Our center has 130 years of combined teacher experience and dedication to the families at 1800 Coon Rapids Blvd.  We are here to help your child develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually- using “play” as our primary teaching tool.  This hands-on approach combined with our balanced curriculum is designed to encourage children to become confident, happy, and self-aware.

We are located just minutes away from highways 10 and 252, providing service to Coon Rapids, Blaine, Anoka, Andover, Fridley, Mounds View and beyond!  Call or stop in today for more information on how to enroll your child in the fun!

Katie Johnson, 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.

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

We would love for you to come and meet our tenured and experienced teachers. They are passionate about children and our families past and present.

  • Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson, Center Director

    I am dedicated to bringing quality care and education to all families that join our KinderCare family. It is inspiring to be such a big part of all these children's lives and to know that we are instilling in them the love for learning. As a KinderCare parent myself I see the importance in our remarkable curriculum and in making sure each and every family feels welcome, safe, and special.

    Katie has been working in the field of education since 2000. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Katie taught as a substitute teacher in the elementary grades. Katie began her career with KinderCare in 2003 teaching in the School Age classroom. In 2001 Katie was promoted to the Assistant Director. As she continued to show her leadership skills, she was again promoted to the Center Director position. She loves that every day she welcomes families into her center knowing they are receiving the quality education and care all children deserve.

    Previous Experience:
    Katie worked as a substitute teacher in the public schools as well as a School Age teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Sarah Franklin

    Sarah Franklin, Assistant Director

    I love giving young minds their first look at education; the earlier you reach them the more fun they have.

    Sarah has been the Assistant Director of the Coon Rapids Boulevard KinderCare since November of 2014. Prior to working at this center, she worked in the Brooklyn Center KinderCare for 5 years as the Schoolage and Learning Adventures teacher. Sarah is proud to be a part of the management team here in Coon Rapids.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Sarah worked in South Carolina and Gerogia in the Early Childhood Education Programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault,
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Associates Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Meghan

    Ms. Meghan, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the babies learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting at KinderCare, Ms. Meghan worked in another childcare center for four years.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Pursuing Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Akayla

    Ms. Akayla, Infant & Toddler Classrooms (Aide)

    I love working with children because they have so much energy and such a desire to learn. The joy on a child's face when they master a task for the first time is priceless.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Valerie, Toddlers

    There is no greater feeling in the world then knowing that you are helping to shape the future. I have the chance to educate and imapact children on a daily basis, and I enjoy every minute of it.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Andreya

    Ms. Andreya, Toddlers

    Seeing the children smile and laugh is the reason I work with children. Knowing that I am introducing education to young children in a creative fun way makes me proud to be an educator.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Catherine

    Ms. Catherine, Preschool Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Ms. Catherine worked at another childcare center part-time for six years. She has worked with toddlers and now works with our preschool class.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, PreK

    I enjoy learning from and teaching each and every child that I come in contact with. The pride and confidence a child has when they meet a educational mile stone is an amazing sight to see.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Substitute Teacher

    Ms. Peggy has worked in the School Age classroom since she started at the center in 1993. She loves to ask the children questions and listen to them problem solve and reason to find the answers. Ms. Peggy has raised four children of her own and is very involved with community service outside of the workplace.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Peggy operated her own home daycare center for three years and worked in another center for approximately two years before bringing the valuable experience with her to our team.
    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Associate's Degree in General Studies, Human Services Certificate
  • Ms. Tena

    Ms. Tena, School Age Classroom, Cook

    I love working with Schoolage children! This age is so awesome to have conversations with, and they teach me all the time.

    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

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

For our students safety we have a secured entry with code, complete fenced in playground for both Infants & Toddlers as well as Preschool & School Age, and all staff members are CPR and First Aid certified.

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.

I love my children's teachers. They have created close bonds with my children that will last. I wouldn't bring them anywhere else!

- Mother

My son always talks about his friends at school. Even on weekends he can't wait to come back to "his school." Thank you for giving him the love of learning each and every day!

- Mother

I love knowing that my son is well taken care of. All the School Age staff welcome both of us every morning and I know that they care.

- Mother

I would like to say there is not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for the love and care my children receive from the whole staff. I get to go to work everyday knowing that my children are in good hands. Not only do all of the staff help to further our children but they genuinely care about us parents as well. Our lives wouldn't be the same without KinderCare!

- Mother

My daughter comments all the time about how much she loves the food at KinderCare. She also talks about how much fun she has with her teachers. As a mother, I appreciate how much the teachers have taken care of her since she has been three-months-old (she is now nine-years-old). We think of everyone as a part of our family and thank you so much for that!

- Mother

Ms. Mary and Ms. Meghan take such wonderful care of my twins and have made their transition into the daycare world so smooth and wonderful. I know when I drop them off they are in the hands of very caring and loving people!

- Mother

While I rarely drop-off or pick-up at the center, I do get to see the good effects of the teaching my son receives. He loves to talk about his teachers and wants to include them in the stories we make up at home. I want to thank everyone at KinderCare for giving him a wonderful place to spend the day and for taking time to not only care for him, but to teach him and have fun as well.

- Father

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