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Eagan Cliff Road KinderCare

Chrissy Halverson, Center Director

1865 Plaza Dr. Eagan MN 55122
(651) 452-1616 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off 35 E & Cliff Rd at Galaxy Rd & Plaza Dr

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Deerwood, Thomas Lake, Oak Ridge, & Greenleaf

It's that time of year to be thankful for what you have and help those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Please bring any donation of a new, unwrapped gift for children ages newborn through teen to your center to be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations accepted anytime before Friday, December 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our center leadership team. Thank you for your donation!

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At Cliff Road KinderCare, our goal is to develop your child intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Our team of educated and passionate teachers will help guide your child to educational success. Not only will we fulfill your child's educational needs, we will welcome you into our center family with open arms. We will create an environment for you that is unlike any other learning center through providing advice, sharing daily memorable moments, and creating memories with your whole family. We hope you take a moment to view our educational excellence in action, meet the teachers your child(ren) will be with each day, and to join our family! You may do so by calling, emailing, or stopping in. We look forward to meeting you!

Chrissy Halverson, 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.

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  • We are proud that our KinderCare has achieved national accreditation. Accreditation is a mark of educational excellence - and it's also an experience. Accreditation means that every day our teachers and staff are upholding the highest standards in early childhood education. Accreditation means that we are committed to building strong relationships with you - our families - to meet the unique needs and interests of your child. Accreditation means that our staff work together to create a warm and welcoming home away from home for all children: a place where young learners feel secure, build confidence, make friends, and develop the skills they'll need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. All of us here are committed to partnering with you to ensure that your child develops a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of self, all while have a whole lot of fun! We look forward to supporting your child's development and we look forward to becoming an extension of your family.

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.

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.

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  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

At the Eagan Cliff Road KinderCare we are all about teamwork and dedication!  Our child-centered teaching approach, hands-on activities, and strong curriculum complements each child's learning style.  We would love for your child to become a part of the KinderCare family!  Experience us today!

  • Chrissy Halverson

    Chrissy Halverson, Center Director

    Chrissy has spent her entire Early Childhood career with KinderCare, starting as a teacher and moving up into management. She's been fortunate enough to lead classrooms of all age groups and support at several different locations. Chrissy could not imagine working for any other company! The educational experiences we offer every child in our care and the family-feel we have is truly heart-warming to her! She loves being able to partner with families and leading a team of passionate teachers! She also loves that she is able to support each of them in creating full educational success for their children! 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education & Associate in Business Management
  • Sarah Van Dyken

    Sarah Van Dyken, Assistant Director

    Sarah has had the privilege of working for KinderCare in a couple different roles. She started off working as a teacher for our company. After she mastered that skill, she was ready to move into a managerial position, where she could support a team of passionate teachers into excellence and play an important role in helping all children receive educational excellence each day. Sarah is excited to come to work every day and share what she knows with our center families and team. She wants families to know that she is approachable and willing to help in any way that she can!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Ms. Allison

    Ms. Allison, Learning Adventures Specialist & Multi Age Specialist

    Ms. Allison has been with us for many years. She has been a great support to all of our classrooms. Her patience, ability to partner with all families, and expertise in our Learning Adventures program have been amazing for our center! Allison feels most inspired by the families who have entrusted us to care for their children. She is also very passionate about the children who count on us to learn and have fun.

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Priscilla

    Ms. Priscilla, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Priscilla is very passionate about fostering learning in all experiences throughout a child's day. She is great at adjusting her day on the go, based on the interest of the students in her classroom. She is a firm believer that learning should be challenging, fun, and child-directed. She loves coming up with new ways to keep her students passionate about learning new things. Ms. Priscilla is most inspired about working with us because of the difference she can make in each and every one of her students' lives.

    Year Started:
    Child Development Associate in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate in Early Childhood Education, attending college for Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Patti

    Ms. Patti, Cook

    I love how children absorb things! I love the look on their faces when they accomplish something new!

    Patti has many years of nursing experience. She loved her work, but came to use for a change in focus. She has been a great part of our team, as our cook. She loves to make food that is interesting to the children and encourages them to want to eat new things. She loves working within a learning center because she can see the children absorbing new things. She loves to see their faces when they accomplish something new. 

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Katie loves to be with the infants and toddlers each day. She has so much love for each individual child within the classroom. She takes pride in her ability to touch each and every one of her students' lives. Her favorite part of her career is that she gets to see how each child develops and grows. She loves the individual milestones that each infant reaches; from crawling for the first time to taking their first steps.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Art in Early Foundations Education
  • Ms. Ella

    Ms. Ella, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ella is most passionate about the toddlers. She loves fostering them in reaching their individual milestones, helping them understand a daily routine, encouraging them to communicate, and inspiring them to learn new things. She feels most inspired when she gets to see the smiles on her students' faces and knowing that she is truly making a difference in each and every one of their lives. Ms. Ella loves children's smiles. She is inspired to make a difference in children's lives.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the children learn new things each day! I am inspired to come to work because I know there will be hugs and laughter!

    Ms. Becca excels as a leader in our Prekindergarten program. She is extremely passionate about the educational experiences we offer children and her ability to prepare her students for the best educational success possible. She is most inspired by watching children learn new things each day and knowing that when she is at work there will always be laughter and hugs! 

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Stephanie P.

    Ms. Stephanie P., Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love watching the children grow, learn, and apply what I have taught them! I am inspired to come to work because of the important role I play in each child's life!

    Ms. Stephanie is most passionate about fostering great relationships with families. She takes pride in her ability to partner with her students' families to ensure the most educational success possible. She loves our educational program because of her ability to prepare children for future academic success. She is most inspired about working with us because of the children. She loves watching the children grow, learn, and apply what they have learned while being in her care. She takes great pride in the important role she plays in each and every child's life.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Degree in Social Work and Family and Health
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey is one of our Multi-Age Specialists within our program. She takes pride in her ability to support all students through their educational journey. She is most passionate about working here because she has the ability to foster learning and educational growth. She also loves to see a child's pride and excitement when they have applied something they have learned. Ms. Kelsey loves seeing kids be kids! She loves watching them grow and learn new things.

    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jocelyn

    Ms. Jocelyn, Multi-Age Classroom

    Ms. Jocelyn is one of our Multi Age Specialists. She loves that she is able to visit all of our classrooms, fostering the learning of each student within our program, and be a part of each child's learning map. She is most passionate about working with us because she is able to notice the progression that children have made throughout their time with us. Ms. Jocelyn loves noticing the children progressing on their own each day. She loves being here for them to watch them learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Child Development Associate

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

As a center family, we take full pride in creating a home away from home for everyone who steps into our program. We do so through center family events, great communication, and a team of passionate teachers. 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our goal is to promote the enhancement of a child's development, the growth of the staff, the support of the parents and the quality of our program. We are taking every step to ensure the health and safety of all children and staff in our program.

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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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Our family has been attending since 2009, and with 3 kids (now ages 7,5,and 2 1/2), we've gotten to experience all of the rooms! We are continually impressed with the nurture and care given and grateful for all they have learned. You know you've made a good choice with childcare you've chosen when your kids talk about their teachers and all the fun they've had at KinderCare during dinner at night! For being such a large center, our kids have so many opportunities to learn and have fun, and with low staff turnover it feels like an extension of our family!

- Mother and Father

We believe our children's regular attendance at KinderCare played an important role in their social and intellectual development. Our boys adjust well to new situations and the transition to Kindergarten was so smooth! We have two well-rounded children and KinderCare continues to be a vital part of their childhoods. Thank you KinderCare!

- Father and Mother

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