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Maple Grove KinderCare

Laura Blair, Center Director

6270 Sycamore Lane North Maple Grove MN 55369
(763) 553-7852 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Years
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wayzata School District: Meadow Ridge, Osseo/Maple Grove School District: Basswood, Cedar Island, & Oak View

We are proud to support our local military families by participating in the Child Care Aware Program.

Welcome

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

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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

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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

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

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 individual 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.

  • Laura Blair

    Laura Blair, Center Director

    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 four 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Laura has worked at multiple centers in the Twin Cities area. She began as an Assistant Teacher in White Bear Lake, then moved to Maplewood as a Infant Teacher. In 2012 she was promoted to Assistant Director at one of the Brooklyn Park centers, later transferring to our Grove Drive location as their Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Go Dog Go!

    Year Started:
    7/7/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Specializing in Urban Teaching & MN Birth-3rd Grade Teaching License
  • Sydney Lindenfelser

    Sydney Lindenfelser, Assistant Director

    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 lives in Champlin with her husband Alex and her two children. She loves making sure that the School Age children at our center have a fun and safe environment to explore before and after school, along with creating the best possible summers for them! Sydney is an integral part of the Maple Grove KinderCare team and makes a difference everyday in the lives of families enrolled at our center.

    Previous Experience:
    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. She has also volunteered in school districts all over the state for six years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom

    Year Started:
    8/9/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant Classroom

    After spending eight 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amber was an infant teacher at the Maplewood KinderCare before transferring to our Maple Grove Team.
    Year Started:
    9/25/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Katelyn joined our team in 2016 when she moved to Minnesota from California! She has been a great addition to our team, specifically focusing on children preschool aged and younger. She is excited to be moving into the permanent teacher role in the older Infant classroom, and looks to bring her experience and excitement for teaching to the infant/toddler age group!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katelyn worked with all ages of children during her time living in California.
    Year Started:
    7/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kati

    Ms. Kati, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children develop and strengthen new skills.

    Ms. Kati has been working with KinderCare since 2014 and now the lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool/Toddler age group. 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.

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked with infants up to school-age in our center, along with some experience in an in-home setting.
    Year Started:
    11/3/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential from Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Sheena

    Ms. Sheena, Preschool 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sheena started out her career in Early Childhood Education as a teacher's assistant at Portland Village Early Childhood Family.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    We're Going on a Lion Hunt!

    Year Started:
    2/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Completing Associate Degree in Child Development at MCTC
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Prekindergarten Classroom

    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 Prekindergarten 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!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer was a Title 1 instructor in the Big Lake School district for 15 years (helping disadvantaged children reach rigorous state academic standards expected of all children), prior to working at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Charlotte's Web

    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Teacher qualified through related Early Childhood Education coursework and experience
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Learning Adventures Teacher & Center Cook

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Has been an Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Assistant Director, Center Director and Center Cook.
    Year Started:
    4/29/1985
    Tenure:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Teacher qualified through related Early Childhood Education coursework and experience.

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

About Our Center

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • 4 Star Parent Aware Rating

    4 Star Parent Aware Rating

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day (Professional Development)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Professional Development)
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

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.

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.

As a first time mom with a fussy baby I was terrified to send our 12 week old son to daycare. However, I love this KinderCare. The staff is wonderful, inviting and caring. They really met the needs of our baby and the kids are always having a lot of fun."
 

- Mother

After you become a parent it can be very difficult to return to work. You worry that no one else is able to care for and love your children the way that you do. The wonderful staff at KinderCare may not be able to be you, but they are the next best thing. I cannot express how nice it is to be able to drop your children off at daycare and know that they will have a happy, safe, and educational day. Knowing that my children will be happy and well cared for allows me to go to work and focus on work without worrying about my children's care. That is an invaluable gift. The teachers are professional and genuinely love what they do. Quite simply, the Sycamore Lane KinderCare is a wonderful place for children. I feel so fortunate to have my children in their care.

- Parent

When I first brought my daughter to KinderCare as an infant, I was concerned about being away from her. I wanted to ensure she was learning but that she also received the TLC she gets at home. In no time, I realized that she was learning and thriving by watching the other kids and she really enjoyed being there with her teachers. Not only has she excelled with the curriculum at each stage, but I know her teachers genuinely care about her and won’t hesitate to offer a hug or encouraging word when she needs one.

- Parent

My son has been at KinderCare since he was nine months old. I have never once been concerned about the level of care and attention he has received. He is now three and I love when he comes home and tells me what he has learned. One day my husband and I thought we would talk to him about the days of the week and when we asked him if he knew them, he burst into a song that talked about the days of the week. He is actually always singing some new songs he learned at school and tells us about the kids he played with that day. My biggest problem with KinderCare is how hard it is to get my son to leave at the end of the day. He hates when I show up to pick him up and he has to go home and will always say, "two more minutes or five more minutes mommy" and tries to negotiate to stay at school longer.

- Parent

I love knowing that my children are being well taken care of and are learning! I always think of my girls during the day while I am at work but I don’t (worry) about them. I know the teachers will call and communicate with me if necessary.

- Parent

“When we set out to find a center, we visited a lot of centers. What was important to us was finding a place that felt like home. My wife and I wanted safety, a nurturing environment, and a strong curriculum. We were blessed to find all of these things in KinderCare – Maple Grove. One of the best strengths I saw in Kinder care (and still see) is the fact that the teachers genuinely care about each child and each child’s learning. Often times when picking up our daughter, I sit back and watch our daughter interact with the other kids and her teacher. It makes me feel proud to call KinderCare our center of learning for our children.”

- Father

After an experience with a poorly operated home daycare, my wife and I were forced to learn the difference between price and value. Although KinderCare is a bit more expensive than surrounding competitors, the value is a great deal more. We appreciate and value the staff and consider them an extension of our immediate family. We trust the Center Director and Assistant Director and appreciate their willingness to listen to our concerns and respond appropriately. We value the curriculum and trust that our children will be ready for the educational demands of the public school system. Finally, we take a great deal of comfort in knowing that our children are in the hands of people that value them as much as we do. Thank you KinderCare.

- Father
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