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Eagan Krestwood KinderCare

Natalie Ellingson, Center Director

3620 Krestwood Lane Eagan MN 55123
(651) 681-1968 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Northview, Oakridge, Glacier Hills, Woodland, Deerwood

We are currently enrolling in all classrooms. We also offer great camps such as winter, spring and summer!

Welcome

Hello, thank you for your interest in the Krestwood Lane KinderCare!  Our center is full of passionate teachers who have been with the center for a number of years. They are dedicated individuals and love coming to teach the children each and every day. The center is a warm, open concept that services both Eagan School Districts 196 and 197.  We would love for you to come be a part of our KinderCare family!

Natalie Ellingson, 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.

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

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

Welcome to the Eagan Krestwood KinderCare! We are a center full of passionate staff who are dedicated to caring for every child in our building by providing them a high quality education, a nurturing environment, and tons of fun! We would love to introduce you to our incredible team of educators and can't wait for you to become a part of our KinderCare family! We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Natalie Ellingson, Center Director

  • Audrey, Assistant Director

    Audrey found her passion for children at the age of 16 when she started working as an aide in a locally owned child care center. During that time, she earned her associate degree in early childhood and youth development. After five years as an aide, she received a lead teacher position at another privately owned child care center where she worked for five years. While there, she earned her bachelor's degree in communication studies. Audrey started with KinderCare in April of 2017 as an Assistant Director. She loves continuing to learn and grow within the child care field! 

    Previous Experience:
    Aide and Learning Center lead teacher
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate degree in early childhood education, Bachelor's degree in communication
  • Ms. Tamie

    Ms. Tamie, Infant Classroom

    A good teacher can inspire hope.

    Ms. Tamie is our longest tenured teacher on the staff.  She is compassionate for all ages and has experience in all classrooms. Her true passion is for the Infant Classroom, as she challenges them to discover the world in which they live. She has many responsibilities in the center including bus driving and health and safety!  She is very talented and is always willing to go the extra mile for all families.

    Previous Experience:
    Long time nanny for a family of eight years
    Year Started:
    9/6/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Toddler, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Jodi has been a valuable member of Krestwood KinderCare for over 16 years! She is a very friendly face around our center who has done an amazing job developing relationships with the children and their families. She has taught in every classroom at Krestwood and continues to educate our children leading our Learning Adventures enrichment programs in Phonics, Music and Cooking.

    Year Started:
    9/18/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Degree in Education
  • Ms. Kristen, Prekindergarten and Preschool Classrooms

    I love to help children develop into self confident, respectful people that are excited to learn everything possible!

    Kristen has worked with children and adults with disabilities for a total of seven years. She worked at a charter school for 13 years. She began as an Educational Assistant then moved to Health Aide and Food Service Manager for almost five years. She also took on Assistant Director duties at a community center in St. Paul for a year until their Director could come on board full time. She enjoys traveling, watching and playing sports, and spending time with her family and friends! 

    Previous Experience:
    Charter school, community center.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Inver Hills Education Fundamentals, Metro State Elementary Education
  • Brandon, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy being able to make a difference with younger kids and watch their development over time.

    Brandon is starting a new adventure after years of managing, coaching youth sports, and running Sunday school at his church. He is fulfilling his true passion of helping kids through their educational journey.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director of dining services at UMN, first grade soccer coach.
    Year Started:
    4/23/2017
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in management, Master's degree instruction grades 5 - 12

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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 center has a secured/locked entry way that requires keypad entry. All of our playgrounds have locked gates around as well, and we require every teacher to be First Aid and CPR certified even at the pediatric level. Our staff is also trained annually using Universal Precautions.

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.

My daughter, Eloise has been at Krestwood KinderCare for almost a year in the Prekindergarten program. I love watching how much she has thrived due to the wonderful teachers at Krestwood! I've bragged about them to every person I know that is looking for quality child care.

- Mother

My child has been there since the age of 3 months. There has never been one day that we have regretted making the decision to go to the Krestwood KinderCare. The staff is so dedicated, caring and professional. I would feel comfortable leaving my child with every member of the staff. The management is so committed to running a great center and they are so open and honest. I would recommend this center to anyone who was in need of childcare. Thank you all for everything that you do!

- Mother
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