Laura Blair, Center Director
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Thank you for considering the Maple Grove KinderCare during your search for high quality early childhood education. Please give us a call to set up a time to tour and see how our close-knit, family atmosphere can become a part of your family experience as well. We can't wait to meet you and your family, and introduce you to ours!
Laura Blair, 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.
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.
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.
Our teachers share their passion for education, while opening each child's eyes to a range of age-appropriate activities and experiences every day. Our teaching staff partner with families to ensure every child's indivdual basic care and educational needs are met. With over 80 years combined of early childcare education experience, we look forward to teaching the next generation of learners.
I believe that helping children learn and grow is one of the most important jobs a person can have. I strive to always be there to help and support our families so that their children thrive every day!
Laura has been the Center Director at the Maple Grove KinderCare since 2015. Prior to taking on this role, Laura had worked in nearly every position available within our centers. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education from the Urban Teacher Program in 2010. She also received her MN Birth-3rd grade teaching license upon graduation. Laura lives in Roseville, with her husband Tim and her three young children. Laura's priority is to support her teachers in creating a fun, safe and meaningful learning environment for all students enrolled at her center. She thrives on sharing meaningful moments to connect with the families that she serves.
I love working with children and families to help better prepare them for Kindergarten.
Sydney has worked with KinderCare since 2010 when she started as a toddler room teacher. Sydney began her management experience with KinderCare as an Assistant Director in Savage and also worked as a Center Director in both Savage and Champlin. Sydney lives in Maple Grove with her husband Alex and her preschool daughter and toddler son. She is excited to join our team at the Maple Grove KinderCare and make a difference in the lives of families in her community.
After spending 8 years at one of our centers in Maplewood, Ms. Amber transferred to our Maple Grove location to take over as our lead Infant Teacher. Ms. Amber loves seeing the children's smiling faces every morning and being able to see them grow and learn. She brings a lot of creativity, compassion and a love of teaching to the team. She is also committed to making sure that each child is in a safe environment and that their needs are always being met!
I love seeing the new things that the children discover each day!
Ms. Kathleen is an enthusiastic addition to our Infant team. Before working for KinderCare, she spent time teaching preschoolers, toddlers and infants. She love spending her time on the floor, talking to and playing with the babies! Her interactions with them help them to grow and develop as they start their educational journey in our Infant classroom.
My favorite thing about teaching is when I see the children pick up a new skill that they'd never done before.
Ms. Tera enjoys working with Infants, Toddlers and School-Age children. She lives in Plymouth with her boyfriend. In her free time, she enjoys playing darts. When you see Ms. Tera at KinderCare you will most likely find her dancing and singing with the children!
I enjoy watching the children develop and strengthen new skills.
Ms. Kati has been working with KinderCare since 2014 and is pursuing her Child Development Associates through Rasmussen College. She is very energetic and her favorite part of teaching is being able to have as much fun with activities as her students do. She is excited to be able to support each child’s growth and development and to also work closely with our families to ensure that each child is successful in her classroom.
I love teaching children how to be problem solvers. It's amazing to see them learn and grow every day!
Ms. Sheena uses her creativity in the classroom to help her preschoolers thrive each and every day. Her focus is helping the children learn and develop skills that will carry through all the way to kindergarten!
I love seeing the sparkle in a child's eyes when they learn a new skill!
Ms. Jennifer has worked in the education field for over 15 years, first in the Big Lake school district and now as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare. Her experience makes her a perfect teacher of writing and reading for kids getting ready for Kindergarten. Children love to be in Jen's classroom because she is personally invested in helping each one of them learn and grow!
I love watching children try new foods and figure out that they actually like it.
Michelle has been with KinderCare since 1985. Over the years, Michelle has worked as a Teacher's Aide in the Toddler Classroom, an Assistant Teacher in the Preschool Classroom, Lead Teacher in the School Age Classroom, Assistant Director and Center Cook and often says that she's done everything there is to do at KinderCare! Michelle enjoys providing our students with healthy, well-balanced meals as well as sharing her passion for cooking with our students.
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.
Welcome to the Maple Grove KinderCare! As early childhood educators, we are dedicated to developing the whole child. Our goal is to develop children socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually, helping children learn through what they do best: play! This hands-on approach combined with our balanced curriculum is designed to encourage children to become confident, happy and self-aware. We are committed to providing each family with quality care and a great educational experience.
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Safety is our number one priority. From our keyed entry to our fenced playground, we strive to ensure safety for all parents, children and teachers. Each one of our teaching staff maintains certification in CPR and First Aid. We also have a health and safety coordinator on site who reviews health and safety procedures, introduces new and updated information and conducts monthly disaster and fire drills for the center. Our goal is to make our center a safe and healthy environment for all families.
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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