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Hanson Blvd KinderCare

Shannon Fletcher, Center Director

1755 121st Ave. Northwest Coon Rapids MN 55448
(763) 754-5522 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
N of Hwy 10 at Hanson Blvd 121st Ave NW

Neighborhood:
The center is located west of Hanson Blvd on 121st Ave. We are hard to see from the intersection on Hanson because we are tucked behind the town homes just down the hill.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eisenhower, Sand Creek, Morris Bye, Hamilton

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

Welcome to the Hanson Boulevard KinderCare! We are proud to be an NAEYC accredited school and have earned the highest possible rating with the Minnesota Parent Aware Program. We have long standing teachers with over 50 years combined tenure. Many of our families are in our care from Infancy through our School-Age Program. Parent referrals are often how we meet our new families. We invite you to stop by and meet our incredible teachers and see first hand all of the learning and fun that happens in our classrooms!

Shannon Fletcher, Center Director

Shannon Fletcher, Center Director

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Accreditation

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

Cooking

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.

Music

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 invite you to come meet our teachers and see our school.  We have a team of passionate teachers that believe in the importance of early childhood education.  We have many combined years of teaching experiences and love to share our best practices with one another!  Our teachers would love the opportunity to show you how your child will learn and grow in their classroom!

  • Shannon Fletcher

    Shannon Fletcher, Center Director

    It's exciting to watch the children grow and experience the world around them. It's an honor to be a part of that. Seeing their smiling faces brightens my day and brings out my silly side!

    Shannon was born in North Carolina and moved to Minnesota a an early age.  She obtained an Associates Degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College before moving on to a Bachelor Degree in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  She became the Center Director at the Hanson Boulevard KinderCare in Fall 2014.  She has two daughters who also attend KinderCare.  Her oldest is in our School Age Program and her youngest is enrolled in the Infant Program. She spends her time with family taking photos, biking and any other fun activities she comes across. 

    Previous Experience:
    Shannon started in Early Childhood Education as a Teacher with another company. She then managed adult foster care facilities before returning to the early education field. She joined us as an Assistant Director before moving on to become the Center Director at our Hanson Boulevard site.
    Year Started:
    8/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Chad Theurer

    Chad Theurer, Assistant Director

    I love being around the children and their families. I like to see families grow together and grow into a strong part of our KinderCare family.

    Chad grew up in the small town of Dickinson, North Dakota.  After high school he attended Dickinson State University and earned his Elementary Education Degree. Chad and his wife then made the decision to move to Coon Rapids and begin their careers.  Chad has expressed several times how much he enjoys the safe, family friendly town of Coon Rapids. 

    Previous Experience:
    Chad was the initial primary teacher for the Gearing Up For Kindergarten Program. This program was created to provide education for at-risk families. It was designed to provide education for both parents and students on what the transition into kindergarten would look like. Chad also has experience with school age children. He did his student teaching in a second grade and a fourth grade classroom.
    Year Started:
    10/20/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant Classroom

    Watching a child grow and learn new things is the beginning of what life is all about!

    Ms. Amber grew up in the small town of Cokato, Minnesota where she learned that teaching children is a wonderful experience. She attended St. Cloud University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. She looks forward to getting to know each child and what helps them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber worked as a Assistant Teacher in an in-home daycare for two years.
    Year Started:
    12/16/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Infant Classroom

    Learning should be fun. I've found that the more fun is involved in the learning process, the more children will retain.

    Ms. Paula has been in this business so long that she has seen parents, whom she taught in other centers, with their little ones. She always says how rewarding it it to have those families make that type of commitment to education, and to giving the best opportunities to their children possible. It is rewarding to work with second generation family members and see the personality traits that come out in each of the families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paula worked with several other KinderCare centers, and even worked at "Adventures Plus," through the school district.
    Year Started:
    7/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Childhood Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Tara

    Ms. Tara, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching children grow. It's so much fun to see how much they change throughout their development.

    Ms. Tara has been in the education field for many years and has provided high quality education to all her students. she has spent time as an elementary school teacher, an academic school leader, and anacademic administrator. In her past experience she was able to lead her students and team toward a brighter tomorrow. She continues that legacy in her toddler classroom where her passion for education comes through in the quality curriculum which is in place and the love and affection she shares with each one of her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary Education, School Leader (academics), Academic Administrator
    Year Started:
    10/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Master's of Arts Degree in Education Administration
  • Ms. Kaitlyn

    Ms. Kaitlyn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today

    Ms. Kaitlyn is originally from Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin.  She started babysitting for her family at the age of 13.  She babysat every summer until she went off for college.  Through college she had many volunteer opportunities with children.  She spent her time at the local elementary school as an intervention volunteer and also volunteered for child care at a local shelter.  Her last year of college she received a wonderful job as a nanny!  This job really helped her realize that she wanted to continue working with children.  Right before her college graduation, she got married and moved to Minnesota.  She worked at a child care center briefly before finding KinderCare.  She is very excited for her KinderCare journey! 

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacer at Goddard, nanny, babysitting and volunterring with school district.
    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy working with children helping them learn, grow and experience new challenges each day. I love the hugs and smiles I receive every day!

    Ms. Dawn graduated from Hennepin Technical College with a certificate in Child Development.  Ms. Dawn has three children.  She has worked with all ages but has a passion for Preschool.  She loves to see the smile on children's faces when they are excited and learn something new.  She looks forward to new experiences and challenges.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dawn worked as an Assistant Teacher at a Montessori center. She has worked as a float teacher with all ages at various child care centers.
    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Certificate
  • Ms. Brie

    Ms. Brie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching children grow. It's so much fun to see how much they change throughout their development.

    Ms. Brie has been in the center for twelve years and working with Infants for the entire time. She has a great love for babies and an outstanding personality. She is a driven educator who is continually striving to bring new and exciting curriculum to the infant classroom. Ms. Brie loves doing art and sensory activities most with the older infant children. Ms. Brie is returning to Rassmussen College to get her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Brie Started teaching at another center in 2001 and found her true home one year later, here at Hanson Blvd. KinderCare in Coon Rapids. Brie has been a true asset to our team ever since. Ms. Brie went to Rassmusen College to get her Child Development Associate's Credential and continued to work and grow as an educator and staff member in our center.
    Year Started:
    7/9/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree in Early Childhood with a Specialty in Child and Family Studies

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

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

Our school has a Health and Safety Coordinator who conducts daily safety checks inside the center and outside on the playground.  We have a secured entrance and a fenced in playground.  All of our teachers have First Aid and CPR certification.  We work hard to maintain a safe and healthy school for all children.

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.

Moving from another state and having a baby on the way brings a lot of anxiety to a family. I was extremely concerned about selecting the right daycare for my three year old and my new baby on the way. When I went to Kindercare in Coon Rapids, my concerns were mitigated immediately. Gail and her well trained staff made my family feel right at home. We have used Kindercare in Coon Rapids for the past six years now and we feel like they are an extension of our family. I am thankful for all the teachers who have cuddled my kids, taught them important lessons and still provided the appropriate levels of education along the way.

- Mother

Our daughter has now attended KinderCare for approximately four months and her ability to recognize letters, numbers and to count is amazing. She improved her interaction with other kids and sharing. Ms. Andrea and staff are always helpful and offer great support for a learning environment.

- Father

Dear KinderCare teachers & friends,
 
Having had both of our kids spend time in your care and supervision has been a very good experience. We are grateful. They have learned and grown and I am sure we will always keep those fond memories. Thanks so much for what you do each day.

Emily I.
 

- Parent
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