Crystal Banks, Center Director
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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!
Crystal Banks, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela
Crystal found her passion for early childhood education when she was a lead toddler teacher at a privately owned childcare learning center for five years. She started with KinderCare in 2013 as an assistant director at the St. Louis Park location, she spent two years learning and growing at that location before transferring to Krestwood KinderCare in Eagan. Crystal has a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from Metropolitan State University.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Ms. Jamie started her journey with KinderCare as the School-age teacher in Bloomington. Shortly after that she transitioned to become the Lead Preschool teacher for two years. During her time as the Preschool teacher Ms. Jamie was a mentor teacher, as well as the Service Values Champion. Jamie is very passionate about early childhood education, as she has seen firsthand the impact a positive learning environment can have on a young child’s development and well-being.
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.
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.
Ms. Ellen has been a part of the Krestwood teaching team since January of 2015. She loves watching children make new discoveries about the world around them! Ms Ellen can always be found with a smile on her face, and is full of love for each child in the center. You can see the children's faces light up to see her every morning! When Ms. Ellen isn't at KinderCare she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Winston.
I love working with children because they keep me grounded and remind me to never stop playing!
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 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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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