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University Avenue KinderCare

Tammy Anderson, Center Director

10790 University Ave. NW Coon Rapids MN 55448
(763) 755-9067 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
S of 109th Ave

On University Avenue between Egret Blvd and Northdale Blvd-- across from Burger King and Taco Bell

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Eisenhower Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Madison Elementary, University Avenue Elementary, Sand Creek Elementary

Welcome to Coon Rapids KinderCare!  We offer a full curriculum for infants through school age!  Some specific center features include large outdoor play areas, long term teachers with early childhood experience and education, and a very unique open floor plan that allows for daily interaction among all children and staff.  We welcome visitors at any time throughout the day.  We look forward to meeting your family and giving your child the best early childhood experience and education!

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Welcome to the University Avenue KinderCare in Coon Rapids, Minnesota! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and learn more about all that our Early Childhood Education program has to offer. At our KinderCare, we have built a strong community by taking pride in the relationships we create through our daily communication. Our center is designed for your child to learn through play, so come in today to see first hand how the KinderCare experience will give your child every advantage!
Our experts designed our classrooms, and every activity and lesson, to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. Stop on in or give us a call. We would be glad to show you around and introduce you to our KinderCare family!

Tammy Anderson, 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 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

The teachers and staff here at University Avenue KinderCare are very passionate about educating and caring for children. Our staff comes from a variety of educational backgrounds which provides a unique opportunity for teachers to learn from each other and help each other with different ideas for educating our children. The majority of our teachers have Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s Degree, or their CDA (Child Development Associate) credential. We have teachers educated in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child Development, and Psychology.

  • Tammy Anderson

    Tammy Anderson, Center Director

    I am so passionate about working with families and their children. Being a mother of two, I could not imagine what life would be like without them. I know all too well how much of a treasure children are, and to work with so many each day, I am truly blessed.

    Tammy Anderson has proudly been the Center Director at the University Avenue KinderCare since October 2011. A graduate from St. Cloud State University, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Starting out with the company after graduating Jefferson High School, Tammy has spent many years doing what she is passionate about which is taking care of children and families. Tammy's role is to make her community aware of KinderCare's programming and offerings as well as manage the day-to-day operations ensuring the delivery of high quality service to the families at the center. In addition to this, one of her top priorities is continually working one-on-one with the teachers to consistently provide quality education to the children in our classrooms. Early Childhood Education is such an important first step in getting children ready for their education journey and Tammy feels that to be a part of that is an honor and a privilege.

    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Brooke Blomker

    Brooke Blomker, Assistant Director

    Brooke Blomker has been the Assistant Director at the University Avenue KinderCare since August 2016. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology, then completed her master's degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Alabama. Her master's degree research focused on learning and cognitive development in early childhood.

    After completing her master's degree, Brooke taught in a school-age classroom. She is looking forward to getting to know all the families and staff at University Avenue KinderCare in her new role as an Assistant Director!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology
  • Ms. Beryl, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Beryl's best attributes are her love for the babies in her classroom and her dedication for the families in our center. She enjoys having fun while learning and making each child feel special. She especially loves seeing how each child learns in different ways.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Big Red Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth, Infant Classroom

    Mrs. Elizabeth is really excited to make a difference in the lifes of children. She loves watching the children learn new skills and build on those skills each and every day, and enjoys helping them along the way. She especially loves watching the babies in her class learn new skills. 

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Elizabeth was a preschool teacher at Early Explorers in Moorehead Minnesota, and also the Gingerbread house in Fargo, North Dakota. She has also taught as a paraprofessional in Fridley Middle School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little House on the Prairie
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 year
    BA in Elementary Education from University of Minnesota Morris
  • Ms. Sheila, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Sheila's toddlers love being in her class because of her passion for teaching. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is learning new things, and giving her toddlers opportunities to learn and try new things.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Savannah, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Savannah does a fantastic job making learning fun and interesting. She especially loves knowing that she is making a positive impact on children's desire to learn and grow.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are and The Lorax
    Year Started:
  • Ms. Stephanie, Preschool Classroom

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones or Dr. Seuss books
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Valerie

    Ms. Valerie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Val's best attributes are her creativity and her passion for teaching her Preschoolers. Children love being in her classroom because Ms. Val finds ways to make learning fun. She especially loves seeing the "lightbulb" turn on when a child has success.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Dr. Seuss Books
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Psychology
  • Ms. Yer

    Ms. Yer, Multi-age Specialist

    Being one of 13 children growing up, Yer gained life long skills that are hard to build in everyday life.  Her best qualities include her passion for teaching and being in tune with the toddlers.

    Previous Experience:
    Yer knew she wanted to work with children when she was in Middle School, babysitting her nieces and nephews. Having two girls did not change her decision when she joined our team in 2013.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Intrested in Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Diane, Kitchen

    Ms. Diane has been a school cook for over 8 years! She is married with three grown children, and currently lives with her husband and her dog Gus. In her free time, she loves to camp and fish.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Diane has been a cook for eight years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pippi Longstocking and the Little House on the Prairie series
    Year Started:
    1 Year

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

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

We have many features at our center to help promote a safe environment including keypad entry and fenced in playgrounds. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Nadia, on site. She spends time each week checking our center and working with our teachers to update them on new procedures to ensure our safety standards are being met. We conduct monthly fire, disaster, and tornado drills for all children and teachers. Our teachers are trained in Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR, SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome, Universal Precautions, Communicable Diseases, Summer Safety, along with a number of other trainings that we complete at our monthly training meetings.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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From the moment our daughter started at KinderCare, we have felt extremely lucky that she's been so well taken care of. All the teachers and staff treat her as they would their own child, and for that we are grateful. The entire staff is caring, thoughtful, kind and above all they are invested in the children's development and growth. We would highly recommend KinderCare based on our experience. The teachers and staff will go above and beyond to make you and your child comfortable and make KinderCare your home away from home.

- Parents

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