Becky Mesto, Center Director
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Welcome to Hudson KinderCare! We serve Hudson, River Falls and the surrounding communities. We are excited to meet you! Our teaching staff believe in developing the whole child and working with families to help each child grow and learn to their fullest abilities. Hudson KinderCare is Hudson's first and only 5 star rated childcare provider with Wisconsin's new YoungStar rating system. We are proud to provide excellent education and customer service to our families. Your child will have a safe, secure environment to learn in with wonderful, caring teachers to learn from. We have a true passion for early childhood education and would love the opportunity to be a part of your child's life. I am so grateful to have opened this center in 2007 with my assistant director, Dani. Together with our wonderful staff, we have created a home away from home for your child where early childhood education is our focus.
Becky Mesto, 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.
The teachers and staff at Hudson KinderCare are dedicated to the education of young children. Each teacher attends training days for professional development to help strengthen their teaching skills. We strive to be a part of your family, so communication with the families is very important to us. We want to make this time in your child's life special and educational. To us, each child is an important individual who needs attention, love and support to grow and develop. We use this time with them to work on social skills as well as academic skills. Our teachers are passionate about early childhood education and helping your child be the best they can be.
I enjoy working with families and young children. I love collaborating with her great team of teachers to provide a safe and happy place for children.
Becky opened the Hudson center in 2007. Prior to being at Hudson, she was a Center Director at a KinderCare in Maplewood for four years. She started her career at KinderCare as a Kindergarten and School Age teacher and moved up to Assistant Director after a few years of teaching. Becky recently completed her Childcare Administrator's Credential from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. She lived in Wisconsin and Canada while growing up and attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Becky and her family live nearby in Minnesota, but she is still a huge Packer fan!
I am passionate about Early Childhood Education and providing a child-centered atmosphere for children to thrive.
Dani started working for KinderCare in 1996 as a teacher while attending school. She attended Stout University and graduated with a degree in Family Studies and Human Development. After graduation, Dani came back to KinderCare as the Assistant Director in Maplewood. She transferred to the Hudson KinderCare when it opened in 2007. Partnering with families is something that Dani truly enjoys. She likes hearing the stories the children tell and often shares those with parents at pick up time.
I love the hugs I get everyday and hearing all the children's stories. I love teaching Learning Adventures because I get to work with children one on one and watch them learn and grow.
Emily has her background in Communicative Disorders. This background has given her great resources to work with children of all abilities. She teaches our Learning Adventures classes and is one of our Assistant Directors. Emily knows all of the children and their families and loves being about to talk with the parents about their child's progress. She is recently married and has a furry child of her own- a yellow lab.
I enjoy working with the infants - being part of their development and watching them grow. There is something new to be learned each day and we get to discover that together!
Ms. Angie has her Associates Degree from NWTC in Green Bay. She loves rocking and cuddling with the babies, and always enjoys the one on one time she gets with them each day. She is a spirited Green Bay Packer fan and loves seeing the children dress in green and gold!
I love coming to work to be greeted with the children's wonderful smiles and knowing each day is a new start. I also love watching them grow and develop, reaching new milestones.
Ms. Ellen completed her Associate's Degree at WITC in New Richmond. She ran an in-home childcare as well as worked at childcare centers prior to finding her new home at KinderCare. Music hour is Ms. Ellen's favorite activity with the infants. She enjoys singing to the babies and having fun puppet shows throughout the day.
I love watching the older infants reach new milestones and seeing their smiles each and every day! It is a wonderful opportunity for me to be a part of their lives.
Ms. Gabe lives in Star Prairie and has two furry children of her own - a cat and a dog. She enjoys watching the infants grow and learn new things. She loves engaging the children in new art projects and adding new and exciting things for the children to explore in her room.
I love the smiles and hugs from the kids everyday when I get into the room! I love how excited they get when they've just learned something new!
Sara is a proud University of Wisconsin - Stout graduate. She has worked in toddler rooms throughout her early childhood teaching career and loves being a part of the families lives. She enjoys being able to tell parents about their child's experiences at the end of the night. Sara loves spending time with her nieces and nephews as well as her dog, Flash. She is part of a dart league and loves to scrapbook and photography in her spare time.
I love working here because I have very happy memories! My co-workers and management are great and I love spending my days with kids.
Kelsey has a lot of experience with Toddlers. She enjoys spending her days with them and loves teaching them life's basic skills. She lives in Hudson and enjoys her short commute to work. In her spare time she likes to read, watch Netflix and spend time with her family and friends. Ms. Kelsey just recently got engaged and is very excited to start planning her wedding with her fiance!
I enjoy being around children and seeing them learn and grow each day.
Ms. Stephanie has a son and two daughters of her own and can use her experience as a parent in the Toddler room. She is excited to be able to work with the toddlers and watch their excitement as they play and learn.
Being with kids every day reminds me what life is all about...having fun, laughing and loving one another!
Miss Chelsea grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and is a huge Packer fan! She currently lives in River Falls with her fiance and enjoys reading, going on walks and spending time with friends. Miss Chelsea is great with the two year olds - she has creative ideas, is very patient, and enjoys spending one on one time with them.
I love this age because it is fun to watch the children grow into their personalities and see them learn new things everyday!
Ms. Hannah is currently going to Grad School for Early Childhood Special Education at UND. Her Bachelors degree has helped to be able to work with all ages and abilities. In her spare time she likes to go hunting, fishing, read and weight lift. Ms. Hannah just recently got engaged! She is very excited and is having fun planing her wedding.
I love working with two-year-old children because every day is different and it's fun seeing the world from their viewpoint.
Ms. Kelly is currently working on her Master's Degree in Education, specializing in school counseling. She has previously worked with young children in various settings. Ms. Kelly is married and has a daughter and a dog. She enjoys cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, visiting family and playing darts.
I love the children's curiosity and watching them grow and learn. Children inspire me to come to work and help them discover new things.
Miss Kelly works in the Preschool 1 classroom with Miss Tracy. Together, they have created a wonderful learning environment where they are able to help the children experience new learning opportunities. Miss Kelly has been working with the preschool age children since she started at KinderCare. She enjoys that every day is a little different!
I love working with this age because of the conversations I have throughout the day with the children. I also love seeing them work through and solve problems.
Ms. Mara just recently graduated from WITC with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loves being with children and likes the different experiences each day brings. When she is not with her class she likes to fish and spend time with her family. Her favorite animal is a pig and hopes to own one as a pet someday!
All of the hugs and smiles make each day worth it and I love hearing all of the amazing stories the children tell!
Ms. Erin has 3 children of her own and enjoys spending time with them. She works on all of the skills necessary for kindergarten with her class. Her room is always full of wonderful learning enrichment and creative art projects.
I love listening to the children's funny, quirky comments and stories. I love seeing the light bulb in their eyes when they accomplish something new.
Ms. Shanell has a fun, caring way of teaching children. She is very creative and enjoys spending one on one time with them. She previously has worked in Hawaii, Nebraska and in Duluth before working here. Check out Ms. Shanell's classroom for great art projects!
The children's smiles greeting me each morning and knowing I get to help make a difference in a child's life inspires me to come to work each day.
Ashley recently completed her Child Development Associate from Rasmussen College. She enjoys being able to teach the 4 and 5 year olds all they need to be successful in kindergarten. She loves how unpredictable children are and how their imaginations are constantly expanding. During her spare time, Ashley enjoys babysitting and spending time with friends and family.
I love being there for a child when they need help or just need a hug. I know that I can help children develop to their highest potential.
Ms. Kristen graduated in 2009. She enjoys working with all children and loves seeing them grow and learn each day. She has so much patience and truly cares for each child in her classroom. Her open communication with parents helps her to get to know each child individually.
The kids are independent at this age so I get to focus on making it a fun learning experience for everyone! I love talking to them and watching them learn.
Ms. Megan is going to school at UW River Falls for Elementary Education with a minor in Math. She is very excited to apply her knowledge from school to the classroom. When Ms. Megan is not at school or working she likes to play on a softball league and spend time with her family.
I enjoy reading with the children and seeing them progress as they learn new skills. I can't wait to get to know each child and their family!
Ms. Tara enjoys relaxing, shopping and going out to eat. She loves playing with her nephews and being able to spend time with them. She has recently completed her Child Development Associate and is looking forward to using everything she has learned about Early Childhood as one of our Learning Adventures teachers.
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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.
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Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
The safety and security of our children is one of our top priorities. We have a coded entrance into our facility as well as three locked and fenced in playground areas. All of our teachers are certified in First Aid, CPR, Shaken Baby and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Our classrooms have age appropriate toys and learning equipment specific for their age and development level.
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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