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Eden Prairie KinderCare Aztec

Kate Blaser, Center Director

8825 Aztec Dr. Eden Prairie MN 55347
(952) 944-3801 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oak Point Elementary

Welcome

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.

Kate Blaser, 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.

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Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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

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.

Math

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.

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.

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Teachers & Staff

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.

  • Kate Blaser

    Kate Blaser, Center Director

    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.

    Kate joined KinderCare as an Assistant Director in January of 2016.

    Year Started:
    1/4/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Taryn Smith

    Taryn Smith, Assistant Director

    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!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Child Development Degree
  • Ms. Cris

    Ms. Cris, Infant Classroom, Health and Safety Coordinator

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cris has been a teacher for all age groups from Infants to School Age both in Minnesota and in North Dakota. She also spent a few years as an Assistant Director for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    2/12/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Katlin Riehl

    Ms. Katlin Riehl, Toddler Classroom

    Katlin has been with KinderCare for three years as an Infant teacher and fell in love with the Toddler room, making it her very own! 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.

    Year Started:
    3/21/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Global Christian Ministry
  • Ms. Kimberly Myhro

    Ms. Kimberly Myhro, Discovery Preschool

    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 Kim fell in love with our two-year-olds instantly! She came in as an Assistant Teacher and quickly took on the Lead Discovery Preschool Teacher role. She has fun with the kiddos all day and if you can't see Kim having fun, you'll hear her playing with the kids and getting just as excited as they are to be at school. Kim implements curriculum in the classroom and it shines everyday as the children are learning every moment of the day.

    Previous Experience:
    Kim fell in love with childcare when she became a Nanny in 2009. She continued her experience becoming a Mental Health Behavioral Aid. Kim started with us just a little over a year ago and we don't know what the DPS room would be without her!
    Year Started:
    4/12/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Annika

    Ms. Annika, Preschool Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Annika has previous experience teaching English in Taiwan for one year.
    Year Started:
    2/18/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Mass Communication
  • Ms. Kristina Olson

    Ms. Kristina Olson, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love getting to send off my Prekindergarten 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. Kristina fell in love teaching children when Directing children's ministry at her church. After deciding to pursue teaching she joined our school in the Prekindergarten classroom. She loves teaching the children her love of music and shares her musical talents by playing the trumpet for the kids. Kristina has quickly taken lead in the Prekindergarten classroom and does a wonderful job getting the Prekindergartner's ready for Kindergarten!

    Previous Experience:
    Children's Ministry Director
    Year Started:
    9/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in General Music

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • German

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Teacher Training)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Teacher Training)
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
Early Closure Christmas Eve (3 p.m.)
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

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.

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.

My daughter started at KinderCare a little over a year ago and I’ve been nothing but impressed with the experience. I was apprehensive when we started as we had just left a bad daycare experience. However, within the first week all my worries were washed away. Right away I could see the love and attention my daughter was receiving, including the fact that even the teachers from other classrooms knew her name. After being there a short time, I really noticed my daughter blossoming and excelling. The infant teacher always took the time to talk to me; telling me what my daughter was doing at school and hearing what she was doing at home. In one of these conversations, the infant teacher told me that she was glad I told her what my daughter did at home because it helped her identify where she was developmentally, so that she could work with her at the right level. This impressed me greatly. Not only was my daughter being engaged but the teacher was taking the time to individualize the developmental activities to what my daughter needed and not based solely on her age. This attention to individual needs continued with everything else I saw at the center, from making sure kids were full (2 servings if still hungry) to extra art time for those kids who are sensory and love art. This is all balanced with structure, manners, laughter, games, and lots of love. I honestly wonder how they manage to get all this done and still get through diapers, potty training, changes of clothes for outdoor play, and cleaning the room. If only I could find a way to balance all this at home. Lastly, but not least, I am a huge fan of the cultural and economic diversity at the center. The staff and directors at this center are full of energy, truly care for the children, and are always willing to make time to talk. My daughter loves going to “school” everyday, we are comfortable and happy knowing she is well cared for.

- Mother

Our daughter is now three and she still loves it there. By the end of a weekend at home with us she is asking for us to bring her back to school so she can see her friends and teachers. She is also well educated and socially confident. We enrolled her in the Music and Phonics classes offered at KinderCare. Our pediatrician always comments how advanced she is and how well she is progressing. The consistent structure used with their curriculum help shape our child’s cognitive, physical, and social development. Most importantly they work with you on what YOU want your child to learn and what is most important to YOUR family. It only works if you are just as involved as your child’s educator is with your child’s education. We are fully confident and comfortable with the fact that our child will have no problem being prepared when she has to attend Kindergarten in a few years.

- Mother

After interviewing many day care centers and home day care providers, we were very happy when we toured the KinderCare center in Eden Prairie on Aztec Drive. It was apparent from the tour and other parents’ testimonies that the center we chose has a director and staff who are dedicated to doing a great job. Our daughter has been there for over a year now and we have not had one moment of regret. Having had our daughter in another school first really made us appreciate the job the KinderCare staff does. Our daughter has obviously benefited from the care and attention that she has received at KinderCare. I am amazed by how much she has learned and developed every week. I am glad we are doing this for our daughter and am confident she would not receive the same level of care at any other school or day care provider.

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