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Eagan Krestwood KinderCare

Crystal Banks, 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

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!

Crystal Banks, 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

March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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!

  • Crystal Banks

    Crystal Banks, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    She has worked as a nanny, tutor, mentor, lead toddler teacher, and assistant director.
    Year Started:
    3/8/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration
  • Jamie Bullock

    Jamie Bullock, Assistant Director

    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. 

    Previous Experience:
    Jamie has previous experience as a Preschool Literacy Tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corp, as well as various volunteer and coaching experiences.
    Year Started:
    2/3/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Studies
  • 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 Teacher

    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:
    16
    Education:
    Degree in Education
  • Ms. Ellen

    Ms. Ellen, Infant

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Teacher, Dance Instructor and Music Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Beautiful Oops
    Year Started:
    12/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science- Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sammy

    Ms. Sammy, Substitute Teacher

    I love working with children because they keep me grounded and remind me to never stop playing!

    Ms. Sammy has been with KinderCare for over a year. Prior to coming to KinderCare, she gained professional experience in retail management, teaching as an intern in several Minneapolis elementary schools and a personal nanny for several families. Ms. Sammy loves working in child care because it's an industry that never stops developing and playing. Early elementary education allows her to be a free spirit and loves being in an environment where kindness and positivity flourish!
    Previous Experience:
    Sammy has previously worked as an intern at elementary schools, long time nanny, and assistant director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Family Social Science

Upcoming Center Activities

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March's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Amazing Animals

Animals really are amazing, and this month the children in the Infant and Toddler Classrooms are learning all about them. We’ll read about both domestic and wild animals and base our activities and play around them as well. Besides singing songs, crafting, and talking about different animals, we’ll also bring in pictures of our pets, make our own animal sounds and movements, and incorporate animals into cognitive, literacy, and mathematic learning appropriate for each age group. For example, the older children in Discovery Preschool will count goldfish crackers or spots on a dog, while the littlest ones will keep developing their senses by sorting and playing with stuffed animals that have different kinds of pretend fur. This is a very sweet and fun unit for children in each class! 

Children 4–5 years old: The Sky and Weather + My Imagination

The four- and five-year-olds will turn their attention to the sky and explore the bounds of their own imaginations this month. Children will learn how clouds and different kinds of weather are created, and do fun theme-related activities like create whipped-topping storm clouds or pretend to be a weather reporter. Our Transitional Kindergarten class will take their learning even farther by doing basic research into how rainbows are formed. The second half of the month will give children a big chance to express themselves through art, music, and drama. We’ll use classic stories like The Three Little Pigs to spark children’s creativity and see where their imaginations lead. As always, we weave our themes into literacy and math activities, and place a focus on building both English and Spanish vocabulary. 

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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