Jamie Anderson, Center Director
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We are a family-oriented school, one that prides itself on long-term staff and strong family connections. We take the time to show interest in your child's personal interests and needs, as well as your family’s. Our goal is to make the commitment, beginning at infancy, to nurture your child socially, emotionally, and academically. At our school our goal is to influence children to have a love for learning while setting them up for success in their early childhood years. We look forward to having your family become a part of ours!
Jamie Anderson, 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.
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 staff at the Osseo/Maple Grove KinderCare are passionate about their commitment to the students and families who come to our center. It is very important to us that each child is given a great experience at our center and gains a love for learning. Our teachers pride themselves on a balance of high quality education, as well as an environment that is nurturing; with opportunities for children to grow in many different ways. Many of our teachers on our staff have invested 30+ years with the KinderCare brand and are dedicated to the Early Childhood Education field. They are excited to share their experience with you and it is the consistency in our classrooms that makes our programming successful and our children bright little learners. We look forward to having your family become a part of ours!
Jamie began her work with KinderCare in 2005, where she started working as a Pre k teacher. Over the years, she has worked with all ages of children in her care, beginning at the Rockford Road location in Plymouth, Minnesota. Jamie obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 2004 from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, majoring in Early Childhood Education. After five years as a preschool/pre k teacher, Jamie was promoted to Assistant Director at the Plymouth location and in 2015 to the Center Director at the Maple Grove/Osseo KinderCare. Jamie takes pride in her years working for KinderCare, gaining experience and knowledge in the Early Childhood field. Jamie lives in Minnetonka with her husband and two children, who also attend KinderCare.
I enjoy being able to participate in the classroom experience. It is great to help teachers think outside the box and create new ideas for programming.
Melissa has worked for KinderCare since 2000, where she originally worked at the Minnetonka location. Melissa began working with our youngest of children as an Infant teacher. In 2005, Melissa moved to the Maple Grove area with her husband, and began working at our center as a Pre Kindergarten teacher. Although she had a passion for teaching, she was happy to take on her new role as Assistant Director when the opportunity came. Melissa enjoys being able to be an asset to our staff, offering ideas on programming and supporting the teachers in the classroom. Melissa continues to show a passion for education, while ensuring our centers’ classrooms are the best they can be. Melissa lives nearby with her husband, and her two children are also a part of the KinderCare family.
Ms. Nadia is our Health and Safety Coordinator as well as our Discovery Preschool teacher. Her best attributes are her passion for teaching, creativity and involvement with each family on a personal level. It is very apparent that Nadia has a strong passion for children and you can see that with her interactions with the children in her class and her own three boys.
Ms. Alissa is one of our loving infant teachers. She has a passion for being creative with the children in their learning process and works closely with the families to ensure that all of the children's needs are met. Ms. Alissa has her Child Development Associates Credential with an emphasis in infants and toddlers. She is a great asset to our team and has brought a lot of experience to her role from being a parent herself.
Ms. Melody began working for KinderCare in 1984 and it was then her commitment to our youngest learners began, as she started her career as an Infant teacher. Over time, Ms. Melody has gained valuable experience as the Early Childhood Education field has grown and progressed. She earned her Child Development Associate's Credential, which gave her the tools and knowledge to grow as a professional and add to her classroom experience. Ms. Melody has a love for Infants, helping first time parents with ideas on care giving and supporting children through all of their firsts. She lives near our KinderCare and takes pride in her long term service to our center and the community.
Ms. Kathy has worked with children in many different aspects for over 20 years. She began as a guardian ad litem for 13 years. She then transitioned to the Osseo school district, working with children with special needs. Then for the past 4 years has been working with young children varying from infants to preschoolers. Ms Kathy has three grown children of her own as well as a grandson who she loves spending time with! We are very lucky to have Ms. Kathy on our team!
Ms. Alyssa is our amazing Toddler teacher! She brings a calm energy to her classroom, which allows for a warm, inviting atmosphere. Ms. Alyssa is currently going to school at Anoka-Ramsey and taking classes that have intertwined with her experience working with toddlers. She has such great relationships with our families and the children in her care smile every time they see her! We are so lucky to have her on our team!
Ms. Patti began her career with KinderCare in May of 1994. At the time she had three small children of her own and had been running an “in home” children care group. Through the years Ms. Patti has continued her education and gained priceless experience while working at KinderCare. In 1995 she completed her training and received her Teaching Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. Ms. Patti has taught many children over the years that learning is fun. She loves to be creative and is always working on a display of the children’s work. Ms. Patti lives in the neighborhood where she works with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren at their family cabin.
Ms. Stephanie joined the KinderCare team in October of 1982. She came to us with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and German from St. Cloud State University. Ms. Stephanie has a true passion for reading that she has passed on to her students. It is this love of reading and knowledge that has made Ms. Stephanie such a successful Learning Adventures Teacher. Her Learning Adventures students, as well as her School Age students, truly come away from her class with a love of books and the desire to learn new things. Ms. Stephanie lives with her family in this very neighborhood and has been recognized by area schools as a true educator.
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 school is nestled in the Elm Creek neighborhood, close to the intersection of Highway 610 and Zachary Lane. Our school has been a part of the Osseo and Maple Grove community for over 30 years, with many of our staff members serving nearly that amount of time or more in the Early Childhood industry. We invite you into our school to see what makes us special and why our long term families value our care and education.
New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
At Osseo KinderCare Learning Center, your child's safety is one of our top priorities. In addition to our outside perimeter doors being locked to ensure security, all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. Furthermore, the interior doors of the building have a coded entry system where only authorized family members will have a code to enter. A door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a center staff member.
To further ensure safety, we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on-site. The Health and Safety Coordinator’s role includes: conducting safety drills, ensuring that all staff members have up-to-date First Aid and CPR certified, and conducts Shaken Baby and SIDS prevention training. In addition, she works at maintaining the center’s high cleanliness standards.
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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