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Eden Prairie KinderCare North

Heather Larson, Center Director

13033 Valley View Rd. Eden Prairie MN 55344
(952) 934-5634 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Valleyview Rd. and Prarie Center Drive.

494 and Highway 5 (Prairie Center Drive and Valley View Road (across from Home Depot)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Forest Hills

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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Welcome to our school, KinderCare North, located on Valley View Road. We serve families in Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Hopkins and Chanhassen. We are always excited to share our NAEYC accredited school and our family with yours. At our school, we believe in developing the whole child. This means we support your child through social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We have a strong family community and believe that it is essential to build strong partnerships with our families for successful relationships. Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of early childhood teachers who have a passion for educating and nurturing children.

Heather and Ashley

Heather Larson, 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.

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.

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 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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Here at the Valley View KinderCare we work with a really fun group of people. It will be very hard to find another Center with teachers this determined to ensure your child is having the best learning experience possible! We have a great mix of teachers here at our center and we believe that just like our students, we should be learning every day and we certainly do! We are constantly learning and adapting to ensure that our students are receiving the best care and education that any center has to offer. Come in and meet us! See the difference that Valley View KinderCare has to offer!

  • Heather Larson, Center Director

    I am excited to be working with such a great team of teachers. It is great to go into the classrooms and see all of the wonderful experiences the children are having and how much they are learning each day. I love seeing the joy on each child's face when they learn something new.

    Jamie is our Interim Center Director of the Eden Prairie KinderCare North. She has worked with the company since 2012, where she first began as an Assistant Director at the Shakopee location. She has also been an Acting Center Director at the Robbinsdale location and an Assistant Director the Eden Prairie location. Jamie has a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to entering the Early Childhood Education Management field in 2012, Jamie has held various management positions with the YMCA as a School Age Site Director, Youth and Teen Director, and Summer Camp Program Director.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree of Science in Elementary Education
  • Ashley Claiborne

    Ashley Claiborne, Assistant Director

    While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." - Angela Schwindt

    Ashley started at KinderCare in 2006 as a high school student. Before graduating high school she realized that she had a passion for this field. Ashley has been the lead teacher in several different classrooms, including the Infants, Preschool and School Age. Ashley is now the Assistant Director and uses her extensive knowledge working in multiple age groups to help mentor the other teachers and assist in curriculum implementation. She loves having the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the families.
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming an Assistant Center Director, Ashley held the lead teacher position in multiple classrooms including Infants, Preschool and School Age.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8+ Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Heather Larson

    Ms. Heather Larson, Center Director

    Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions." -unknown

    I chose this career to inspire children, parents, and teachers. Each day at my school is a new adventure on the path of learning. I have taught in many different roles, from Early Childhood Family Education to 3rd grade, and so far on my journey of teaching, this role by far is the most fulfilling. I am able to create a home away from home feeling at my school. As a parent of 3 myself, engagement of our children, parents, and teachers is my top priority. I am so excited to share what we have to offer at our school and have you see how our parents enjoy sending their children here to start becoming life-long learners.
    Previous Experience:
    Prior to leading the teaching team at Valley View I was an Elementary Float Teacher within the Minnetonka, Wayzata, and Robbinsdale school district. I also taught as a EFCE Teacher, art teacher, and an Early Childhood Teacher.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+ years
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Family Education
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Toddler/Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children discover and take pride in their latest skill and knowing I will have the opportunity to be a part of those discoveries.

    Ms. Paula has been with KinderCare since November 1990. She has worked with several age groups as she took classes at Hennepin Technical College, but found her passion working with the toddlers. Ms. Paula's classroom shows her creative side with lots of colorful displays of art and learning with photos of the children as they explore and discover new skills.
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Paula has several years experience working with all ages at KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
  • Mr. Joel, Preschool

    Children develop much of their capacity for learning in their first three years of life. ~Karoly

    Ms. Joel has been with Kindercare since 2014 and has been a teacher in several different classrooms. Mr. Joel has worked with infants through school age. He has a passion for teaching and deveoloping the minds of children. He loves to find new ways to make connections for the children with their learning process through real life experiences and hands on learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining our team here at KinderCare, Mr. Joel had worked at Early Childhood School in West Central Minnesota.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2+ Years
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science
  • Mr. Louis, Toddler Teacher

    Louis is our Toddler Teacher here at Kindercare. Along with teaching at our school he is a swim instructor at Foss Swim School. He had the pleasure of staying at home for 2 years with his first child before joining our team. He lives in Edina with his wife and son Jasper. He loves outdoor activities; especially camping and hiking. He has a passion for early childhood and truly enjoys helping assist the children in their growth and cognitive development.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2+ years
    Degree in Education

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

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Parent Aware Rated!

    Parent Aware Rated!

Special Features

  • Member of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce

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

Our Registered Health Nurse comes in monthly. Our teachers are CPR, First Aid and Shaken Baby trained and certified. Random health inspections are administered by the State to ensure that the Center is clean, safe and up to code at any given time. The center's playground offers plenty of shade allowing children to cool down and beat the heat on those super sunny days!

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.

Our family is beyond satisfied with this center, to the point where we will feel a tremendous loss without the staff of KinderCare as a part of our lives when my son moves onto Kindergarten. Valley View KinderCare feels like family. They have all no doubt played a significant role in the development of my child’s formative years.

- Mother

The center is well organized, clean, and is a stimulating environment for the children. It seems to us that the children are really able to build relationships with their teachers. They understand the needs of the children in their care, and the needs of the parents, which is why, even though since starting our kids at KinderCare both our work and home have now moved further away from the Valley View KinderCare center, our children will continue to go there.

- Mother

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