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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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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

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 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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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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:
    10/25/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    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:
    1/3/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    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:
    7/9/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Early Childhood with a Specialty in Child and Family Studies
  • 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 academic 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 and the love and affection she shares with each one of her students.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tara has worked in elementary education as a school leader (academics) and academic administrator.
    Year Started:
    10/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration
  • 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 preschoolers. 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 floating teacher with all ages at various child care centers.
    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Certificate
  • 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:
    4/10/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
  • 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:
    7/1/1991
    Tenure:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26
    Education:
    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:
    5/9/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Substitute Teacher

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Minor in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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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