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Hopkins KinderCare

Amanda Korolchuk, Center Director

101 Blake Rd. N. Hopkins MN 55343
(952) 935-4410 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Once you have turned into the Apartment Complex drive straight until you see our buses on the left hand side.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hopkins Schools include Alice Smith and Eisenhower Elementary Schools and ISLA Spanish Immersion School. Saint Louis Park School District is Aquila Elementary School.

We are proud to be nationally accredited by NAEYC and have received a 4 star rating from Minnesota's Parent Aware organization.

Welcome

Welcome to the Hopkins KinderCare Learning Center! We are proud to be a NAEYC accredited school and have earned the highest possible rating with Minnesota Parent Aware. By offering a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences, we will promote your child's emotional, personal, and social development, while also providing a warm, nurturing and friendly environment. We believe that what we teach our students today will have an impact on their tomorrow. Stop in today and join our amazing KinderCare family!

Amanda Korolchuk, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

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

  • Amanda Korolchuk, Center Director

    I am excited to share with you all of the wonderful things our program has to offer your family! I am dedicated to providing the best possible environment for your child to learn and grow.

    Amanda has worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 2008. As a new Director with the KinderCare family, she is so excited to build relationships with all the families within the center. Amanda enjoys working directly with the teachers to ensure the children at her center are learning in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Amanda has held many positions in the Child Care field such as a Toddler Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Assistant Director and Director.
    Year Started:
    10/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Child Development and Family Science
  • Tracy Brunick

    Tracy Brunick, Assistant Center Director

    I am excited to help our center be the best place for children to learn and grow and am proud to be a leader of our amazing team. I love that as the Assistant Director I get to spend time in all of the classrooms and get to know all of the children in our center!

    Tracy has been the Discovery Preschool teacher at the Hopkins KinderCare since June of 2011.  In January of 2015, she was promoted to the role of Assistant Center Director.  Tracy has a degree in Child and Adult Education from St. Cloud Technical College.  She has a passion for learning sign language and loves to teach young children new signs!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chick Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
    Year Started:
    6/28/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Degree in Child and Adult Education
  • Ms. Irene

    Ms. Irene, Infant Classroom

    As an experienced grandma I offer a warm hug, open arms and a big lap to snuggle into. As a part of the KinderCare team I strive to be a consistant part of the infant room. I'm proud of the infant room, our team approach to learning offers the best from all teachers. From art, to singing, to dance I hope each child leaves happy and well cared for.

    After working at the Mayo Clinic for 25 years, Irene pursued her passion and became a teacher.  She had her own in-home child care for several years to gain experience working with children of different ages.  Irene went to Rasmussen College and completed the Child Development Associate Credential program.  She began working for our program in July of 2012 as the lead Infant Room teacher. 

    Irene's care and passion for working with babies shows each and every day by the personal attention she gives to each child and family!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Irene previously ran her own in-home childcare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Five Little Ducks
    Year Started:
    7/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Lauren

    Ms. Lauren, Pre K Classroom

    There is learning happening everywhere in our classroom! The children are learning not only academically but socially too. I love seeing the light in their eyes when they learn something new!

    Lauren joined the team at Hopkins KinderCare in May of 2014 as a multi-age specialist.  After graduating in December 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Lauren took over our Preschool Room and has now moved with those children to be our Pre K teacher. 

    Lauren has a passion for Science activities and loves to add extra activities to the curriculum in her classroom.  The inviting and fun environment Lauren has created in the Pre K Room is sure to make your child an engaged and happy learner!!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Art and Max by David Wiesner
    Year Started:
    5/19/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Pre K Classroom

    I love teaching children new things that will benefit them down the road of their education. Our classroom environment is filled with learning all around. It is in every corner of our classroom!

    Anna joined our team in April of 2015 as the Assistant Teacher of our Pre K class.  She has an Associate of Arts Degree from Normandale Community College. 

    Anna is passionate about preparing the children in her class for Kindergarten.  Every aspect of the classroom has opportunities for children to learn new things.  Anna not only helps to educate the children, but helps to make learning fun for them!

    Previous Experience:
    Anna was a volunteer in the Hopkins School District with several First Grade classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/28/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Associate of Arts
  • Ms. Christy

    Ms. Christy, School Age Classroom

    I love getting to know each child on an individual level. I love listening to all of their stories and ideas they have!

    Christy joined our team in June of 2015 as the teacher for our Learning Adventures special programs and has now gone on to be our School Age teacher for our Before & After School program and Summer Camp. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Child Development Associate credential from Rasmussen College. Christy works hard to engage each child by learning the child's interests and tailoring her teaching style to fit the child's needs and interests.

    Previous Experience:
    Christy has been working with children in the early childhood special education program in the Minneapolis Schools for the past several years prior to joining our team.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes
    Year Started:
    6/9/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

Our center has six classrooms where your child can learn and grow at each stage of their development. 

Infant Room

  • Licensed for 12 babies
  • Age range--6 weeks to 16 months
  • Teacher to child ratio--1:4
Toddler Room
  • Licensed for 7 children
  • Age range--16 months to 2 years
  • Teacher to child ratio--1:7
Discovery Preschool Room
  • Licensed for 14 children
  • Age range--2 to 3 years old
  • Teacher to child ratio--1:7
Preschool Room
  • Licensed for 20 children
  • Age range--33 months old to 4 1/2 years old
  • Teacher to child ratio--1:10
PreKindergarten Room
  • Licensed for 20 children
  • Age range--4 to 5 years old
  • Teacher to child ratio--1:10
School Age Room
  • Licensed for 30 children
  • Age range--5 to 10 years old
  • Teacher to child ratio--1:15

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve (early closure at  3PM)
Christmas Day

Staff Professional Development Days:
President's Day
Columbus Day

Health and Safety

From regular safety checks and drills to daily cleaning and sanitizing, our center staff and managers promise to make your child's health and safety our number one priority.  Our security door and fenced-in playground provides peace of mind to parents while they are away from their children.  All center staff are trained in First Aid and CPR.  Staff also receive on-going health and safety training throughout the year to ensure we are always updating our practices.

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.

After doing some extent research on daycare centers within my area I came across KinderCare on the website and sent the director Emily an email inquiring about more information. After talking with her on the phone and through emails I knew this was the place I wanted to send my daughter Aliviya. She was eight months when she started with the KinderCare family and will be turning four in a couple months. I have watched Aliviya grow through these years at KinderCare and I can honestly say with my whole heart that it was the best decision I made for my daughter. The staff is so friendly, considerate, respectful and kind. I know when I drop off Aliviya while I go to work that she is in GREAT hands. Since, I am not with her all day, I wouldn't want anybody else to raise my child but the KinderCare staff. They teach the kids morals and values. They care about your child's education and how they are progressing throughout the year. How many daycare facilities can you say this about? Pick KinderCare and you will not be disappointed!

- Mother

As a working parent, it is hard to find a place where you feel your child is comfortable and ini a sercure environment; however, we found that place with KinderCare in Hopkins. My daughter loves it there. She's learned a great deal; everything from colors, shapes, music and dance. A big plus for us is that she has two wonderful teachers in her room. Ms. Sarah and Ms. Irene are a perfect fit and balance for the infant room. They work well together and are great with not only our daughter, but with all the kids they interact with. Even with our concerns had with our daughter, they both have been extremely helpful in creating a game plan in helping our little girl in her areas of opportunity. Also, they've given great advice to help with our daughter's development along the way. The love and patience that Ms. Sarah and Ms. Irene put into children makes me realize how lucky we are to have found a place we could call our daughter's home away from home.

- Mother
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