Abby Lundborg, Center Director
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Welcome to Eden Prairie KinderCare on Aztec Drive. We are very excited to share our NAEYC accedited school and our family with yours! At our school we believe in developing the whole child. This means that we support your child through social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We do this in many different ways including learning through play and real life experiences. At our KinderCare, we have built a strong community by taking pride in the relationships we create through family communication. We encourage family involvement in our classrooms and work together to support the children in our care.
Abby Lundborg, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers and staff at Eden Prairie KinderCare are very passionate about educating and caring for children. Our staff comes from a variety of educational backgrounds which provides a unique opportunity for teachers to learn from each other and help each other with different ideas for educating our children. The majority of our teachers have Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s Degree, or their Child Development Associate's Credential. We have teachers educated in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child Development, Psychology, Sociology, Speech and Language Sciences, and Music.
I love watching children get excited about first time discoveries! I am lucky to be a part of the new things that they learn and experience every day.
I joined Kindercare as a Preschool Teacher over 5 years ago. My love for the children, curriculum, and Kindercare's mission has lead me to have the privledge of being the Center Director . I truly enjoy my career and the new experiences that it brings every day. I enjoy working with families in this position where I am able to provide environments that develop the whole child. I work daily with my staff to ensure this whole child experience for everyone that joins our family. We bring quality to all of our programs through child guided activities and through teacher-child interactions that set us above the rest. I am here for all of my families and within the community to extend our amazing program to as many children as possible. Please come visit any time, and I will share the KinderCare experience with you and your child.
Children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them makes an impression." - Haim Ginott
I started working at KinderCare in 2008 as a high school student. I instantly fell in love with teaching and working at KinderCare. In 2012 I had the opportunity to work towards my Child Development Associate's Credential and have since then completed the courses. I have worked with many age groups including School Age, Toddlers and Infants as a Lead Teacher. I loved implementing curriculum and getting messy in the classroom! I felt like making a mess meant we had a good day; full of learning! I always knew that being a part of teaching and working with children was going to be my passion, and had the wonderful opportunity to take the Assistant Director position in June of 2014. I have fallen in love with being a part of every classroom and getting to know each classrooms curriculum. I love being available for the teachers and supporting them in their rooms. I also enjoy being a part of all the families’ days, and communicating with them on a daily basis. It’s the greatest job in the world to watch children grow, and be a part of their development!
I enjoy teaching because I love seeing a child's eyes light up with excitement when they have reached a new milestone and getting to be a part of that makes me happy! I also enjoy getting to know each family and building strong connections.
Ms. Cris started with KinderCare in 2001 and has her Child Development Associate's Credential. She has been in the early childhood field as both a teacher and Assistant Director. After working with children of all ages and as a manager, she has found that working with Infants is her passion. She brings 23 years of experience to life each and every day in her classroom. She believes that each day is special because it allows her the opportunity to teach a child something new and exciting. Along with following our curriculum, Ms. Cris plans a monthly calendar full of fun activities to enhance each learning area. She is a mom herself so she understands how hard it is to leave your Infant for the first time and she works with each family to make the transition is as easy as possible. Ms. Cris is the center's Health and Safety Coordinator as well.
Kacie has been with KinderCare since May of 2014 and instantly fell in love with the toddler room. Her experience with childcare before KinderCare has helped with organization and teaching skills in the classroom. She has worked hard implementing the new curriculum in the classroom and loves coming up with fun art projects and activities. She enjoys group time with the toddlers, and loves teaching them their ABC's and other fun songs. Miss Kacie's warm smile and bubble personality is a perfect combination with the kids in the classroom.
What other career do you get to walk in the door and have children running up to you to greet you with big smiles and hello's? It's one of my favorite things and starts my day off in the greatest way. I love watching them grow, learn and laugh. I know that I can and am making a difference in a child's development and life when I leave for the day, and can't wait to come again tomorrow.
Miss Bethany first fell in love with children working as a Nanny. She pursued and finished courses in Early Childhood Development. She has worked in multiple classrooms and has really learned a lot from her experiences. She found her home in our Discovery Preschool Clasroom and does such a great job with the children and forming relationships witht the families. Miss Bethany has been with our school for a little over a year and we love having her as a part of our family.
I don't think there's any other job that could be so rewarding. To walk into my classroom each day and hear the kids scream my name and run at me for hugs, it's just the best. Seeing the kids grow and learn and being excited about it is so amazing. Being a part of that with them lets me know I'm in the right place.
Ms. Annika has been with KinderCare in the Preschool classroom since early 2013. She spent the year prior to joining the KinderCare team teaching English in Taiwan. While there she had the opportunity to work with children at various skill levels from ages tree to twelve. This experience helped uncover Ms. Annika's love for teaching and desire to impact children's lives. She also is able to integrate her different experiences into the classroom, which helps to further our Preschool children's learning.
I love getting to send off my Pre-K kids writing their names and most of the time them being able to read! It's such a rewarding age because they are such sponges for learning!
Ms.Casi has worked with us since October of 2012, in many of our classrooms. She has been in school through Rassmussen to work towards her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She recently graduated and has decided to fullfill her learning through a bachelor degree in teaching. Casi is energetic and such a fun teacher, all the children really love her! We love having her as a part of our team!
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.
New Year's Day
President's Day (Teacher Training)
Columbus Day (Teacher Training)
Friday after Thanksgiving
Early Closure Christmas Eve (3 p.m.)
Health and Safety are of up most priority to us. We have many features at our center to help promote a safe environment including keypad entry, fenced in playgrounds and a clock in/out system. We also have a Health and Safety Coordinator, Ms. Cris, on site. She spends time each week checking our center and working with our teachers to update them on new procedures to ensure our safety standards are being met. We conduct monthly fire, disaster, and tornado drills for all children and teachers. All of our teachers are trained in Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR, SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome, Universal Precautions, Communicable Diseases, Summer Safety, along with a number of other trainings that we complete at our monthly training meetings.
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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