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Cottage Grove KinderCare

Lacie Gordon, Center Director

8453 East Point Douglas Rd. Cottage Grove MN 55016
(651) 458-1781 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Busing is available TO and FROM Cottage Grove, Pullman, St. Andrews, Hillside, Crestview, Grey Cloud, Pine Hill, Armstrong.


Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center and Preschool. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth in the areas of literacy, math and science, creative play and the arts. Here at KinderCare, we believe that a quality early childhood education program is an extension of your family. We support this belief through a strong focus on communication and family inclusion, from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for education and nurturing children.

Lacie Gordon, 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.

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.


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.

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

The teachers and staff at the Cottage Grove KinderCare are committed to education and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of 10 years at our school and an average of 15 years in the early childhood field with a combined tenure of 150 years! Many of our teachers have obtained a Child Development Credential or a degree in early childhood as a commitment to the early childhood field and our school. I am confident that you will see your child develop strong bonds with our teachers.

  • Lacie Gordon, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    Home Daycare Provider and Owner
    Favorite Children's Book:

    And the Door Bell Rang

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Associate in Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Ms. Barb

    Ms. Barb, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Barb is our infant teacher at the Cottage Grove KinderCare. Barb has been working for KinderCare as a teacher since 1989 and has her child development associate credential. She loves getting to watch the infants in her classroom grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Early Childhood
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I love You to the Moon and Back

    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It brings me so much joy to see a child accomplish the goal of printing their name for the very first time!

    Ms. Michele knew that she wanted to be a teacher early on, by the time she was in 8th grade. She started working at the Cottage Grove KinderCare in 1985. Ms. Michele took a few years off to try another career path, but returned after realizing this was where she wanted to be. Ms. Michele finds it very rewarding to work with children. She is proud to know that she is making a difference in her student's lives by giving them a variety of experiences each and every day to prepare them for kindergarten and the school years beyond.

    Previous Experience:
    Early Childhood
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Pickles in Pittsburgh

    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Child Development Certificate from Ellis College
  • Ms. Lisa, Prekindergarten Classroom

    As our longest tenured teacher at KinderCare, Ms. Lisa has worked at KinderCare for almost 30 years! She has been our Lead Preschool teacher for many of those years. Ms. Lisa enjoys having creative learning opportunities for her children and loves to keep things new and exciting!

    Previous Experience:
    Early Childhood
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Pickles in Pittsburgh

    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Stef Iverson, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    College education in Psychology

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

We have been serving the Cottage Grove area for over 30 years!  We have seen many changes as this area has grown and developed!  We continue to provide quality education to this community and hope for you to be a part of it soon!

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

Health and Safety are our number one priority. We have a fenced in playground, keypad entry, and written authorization must be on file at our school prior to us releasing your child to anyone. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff who conducts fire drills, checks for safety in each classroom weekly and helps us ensure high cleanliness standards. Our school is also visited monthly by a Child Care Health Consultant and Public Health Nurse to assist us in ensuring the health and safety of all the children and staff in our program keeping up with the latest research and and standards.

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 have two children that currently attend Cottage Grove KinderCare and one former student of Cottage Grove KinderCare. I have been a KinderCare Mom for over 10 years! One of my children, my five-year-old, has a learning disability and epilepsy. When I discovered that my son had a learning disability all of his teachers and KinderCare were concerned and extremely supportive and helped me work with doctors to get him a correct diagnosis. The entire staff has gone above and beyond to help ease my mind with my child's transition into Kindergarten. Thanks to all of them I go to work and know that my children are being cared for in a loving and compassionate way with teachers that genuinely care about their well being. I can always count on them to keep me informed on how my child's day was and any achievements they have made. I have and always will recommend KinderCare in Cottage Grove to anyone that his looking for a safe, fun, and caring learning environment. I can always go to the Center Director, Liz, with any concerns or questions that I have and she listens and takes actions to solve problems.

- Mother

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