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Hanson Blvd KinderCare

Mr. Chad Theurer, 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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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


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 of combined tenure. Many of our children are in our care from infancy through school age. Parent referrals are often how we meet our new families. We invite you to stop by, meet our incredible teachers, and see firsthand all of the learning and fun that happens in our classrooms!

Mr. Chad Theurer, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

Teachers & Staff

We invite you to come meet our teachers and see our school. We have a team of passionate teachers who 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 classrooms!

  • Mr. Chad Theurer

    Mr. Chad Theurer, Center 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.

    Mr. Chad grew up in the small town of Dickinson, North Dakota. After high school, he attended Dickinson State University and earned his degree in elementary education. Mr. Chad and his wife then made the decision to move to Coon Rapids and begin their careers. Mr. Chad greatly enjoys the safe, family friendly town of Coon Rapids. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Chad was the initial primary teacher for the Gearing Up For Kindergarten Program, providing education for at-risk families (both parents and students) on what the transition into kindergarten would look like. He also did his student teaching in a second grade and a fourth grade classroom. Mr. Chad originally joined KinderCare as the Assistant Director in 2012, where he transitioned into Acting Center Director and eventually Center Director in 2017.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Ross Mumford

    Mr. Ross Mumford, Assistant Director

    Exploration is the fuel of life: encouraging and empowering young ones to be ambitious, adventurous, and always willing to try are lessons they can carry throughout their life.

    Mr. Ross's roots are in rural Nebraska, where his commitment to community, youth, and creativity took shape. Those passions led him to graduate from Nebraska's Wesleyan University with degrees in elementary education and music. He set sail for a new chapter in his life in Minnesota this last November with his sister. He has already found his outlet for creativity (joining and volunteering for two Twin Cities choirs), youth (assistant directing this wonderful KinderCare center), and community (where he has already been welcomed with open arms in his new home). When Mr. Ross is not at the center, he loves to sing, bike ride, draw, act, climb trees, and research all things Titanic.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Ross has experience in the classroom that spans all ages, from infants to middle schoolers to senior citizens. During his years at college, he worked at a child care center, which started his love for early childhood education. After college, he led an arts academy for middle school students, and for over four years he designed, organized, and instructed his own summer courses for elementary students.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Brie

    Ms. Brie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Brie has been in the center for 16 years. She worked originally with infants, then prekindergarten, preschool, and now back to infants as our lead Infant Teacher. 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. In her free time, Ms. Brie likes to hunt as well as spend time with her family and friends. She earned her degrees from Rasmussen College.

    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.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Early Childhood with a Specialty in Child and Family Studies
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Infant Classroom

    Every child deserves an adult who is irrationally crazy about them.

    Ms. Anna recently joined us from Hopkins KinderCare and is already making the Hanson Blvd Infant Room her home. She is 23 years young and very new to the Coon Rapids/Andover neighborhood. Her hobbies include long distance running, exploring new places with her 'better half' Jared, and spending as much time as she can with her family. She's currently working towards her Child Development Associate (CDA) through Rasmussen College and hopes to continue on to get her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and Psychology.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare in March, she was a private in-home nanny for almost four years. She spent much of her teenage years babysitting for family friends as well as watching her many nieces and nephews. She says, "I am now very excited to be part of the Hanson Blvd KinderCare team!"
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Currently working on her Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Carmalita

    Ms. Carmalita, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Carmalita has a passion for the classroom and a love for children. Combine that with her mind for business, and Ms. Carmalita strikes that perfect balance of creative engagement and structured learning. She is a Minnesotan born and raised, and after living for some time in Illinois, she is back in her home territory. As a parent of two young children herself, she always looks for new ways to engage in their development, which she brings that pursuit into the classroom. 

    Previous Experience:
    As a parent of a seven-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, she has learned valuable lessons during every stage of their childhood. She is currently enrolled at Rasmussen College, pursing her Child Development Associates.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate in Business Administration, Bachelor's in Business Management
  • Ms. Beatrice

    Ms. Beatrice, Preschool Classroom

    We learn to read and we read to learn.

    Ms. Beatrice attended Northern State University, where she graduated with her bachelor's in Education and Early Childhood Education in 2014. Not only does she bring over 6 years of experience to the classroom, she brings a love and passion for children that is clearly evident when you see her in the classroom. Her favorite thing, though, is reading a-loud. She loves having many books around and sharing those books with her Preschoolers. She believes that giving learning that structure to not only lets it thrive but also lets creativity blossom. As a personal passion, for over 5 years, Ms. Beatrice was a goldfish keeper, where she raised and cared for dozens of goldfish. While currently on pause due to being a new mom, her passion for goldfish is still alive.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Beatrice recently worked as a Substitute for Teachers on Call as well as the Preschool teacher at MacDonald Montessori School and teacher at Northern State University Childcare Center.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education and Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every day here is an opportunity for learning and growing. I am honored to be a part of that process.

    Ms. Amy is from Minnesota and has been caring for children for about 15 years. She loves basketball, dogs, warm weather, and most importantly, family time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amy previously ran her own in-home daycare for many years, which parents said was well-known in the area. We are happy to have her talent now here at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, School Age 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's taught the parents of the little ones in our center today. She always says how rewarding it is to have those families make that type of commitment to education and to giving the best possible opportunities to their children. She can't emphasize enough how wonderful it is 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 now works for the school district during the school year, returning to KinderCare during the summers.
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Childhood Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Joelle Beyer

    Ms. Joelle Beyer, Floater

    Ms. Joelle is a recent graduate from Winona State University, and while she graduated with a degree in legal studies, she has always had a passion for working with children. She joined KinderCare in the summer of 2016, and has been coming back here during her school breaks. It seemed only fitting to have her to come back to her KinderCare family again this summer! In her free time, she loves spending time with her nephews and niece or enjoying the outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked at other child care centers for five years and spent two years working as a private nanny.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Floater

    Patience is the key to building strong children and a loving community.

    Ms. Ashley grew up in Princeton, MN as the oldest sister of three. She loves being around children and watching them grow. Ms. Ashley joined us as an infant teacher, but her talent with children blossomed once she joined the preschool classroom. Her skills are now shared with all classrooms as a float teacher. Her studies are focused on her current pursuit and hopes of being a pediatric nurse so she can care for children and help families through hard times. Ms. Ashley has a love for traveling and being with her dog as well as a particularly strong passion for hockey.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley has been a nanny for many years as well as babysat for her own family and neighbors.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Miriam

    Ms. Miriam, Program Support

    Ms. Miriam is a Minnesota native and graduate of Crown College (St. Bonifacious). For most of her life, she's studied writing and is even published in a number of poetry journals. Moreover, she has a weakness for books and is the biggest Sci-fi nerd! She brings that creative energy and enthusiasm for literacy into the classroom. Ask her questions about Transformers or about educational curriculum and you will find a wealth of knowledge!

    Previous Experience:
    She previously worked in a charter school as an administrative assistant while also working in the n the after-school program. In addition, she grew up in kids' church, school co-ops, and Vacation Bible School, so working with kids is familiar territory.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Christian Study

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

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 secure 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, my concerns were mitigated immediately. The well-trained staff made my family feel right at home. We have used Hanson Blvd. 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 Hanson Blvd. KinderCare for approximately four months and her ability to recognize letters and 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

Having had both of our kids spend time in the care and supervision of the staff at Hanson Blvd. KinderCare 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.

- Parent

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