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Grove Drive KinderCare

Krystle Sherlock, Center Director

13380 Grove Dr. Maple Grove MN 55369
(763) 420-9200 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Elm Creek Blvd. by Cub Foods & Weaver Lake Rd

Neighborhood:
Just west of the Maple Grove Community Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cedar Island, Fernbrook, and Oakview. Rice Lake and Weaver Lake bus to and from our center.

It's that time of year to be thankful for what you have and help those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Please bring any donation of a new, unwrapped gift for children ages newborn through teen to your center to be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations accepted anytime before Friday, December 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our center leadership team. Thank you for your donation!

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Welcome

Welcome to your Maple Grove KinderCare! Our center has been offering a safe and secure learning environment for your children to learn and grow since 1989. Our goal as providers and educators is to build great relationships with families and tune into the unique needs of your child as they develop in our program. Preparing children for academic success and strong social skills is a priority in our classrooms.  We take great pride in the relationships our teachers develop with both students and families alike. Our center is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and we have the highest possible rating from the Minnesota Parent Aware Program.  Our KinderCare family is eager to partner with your family and support your child's educational success!

Krystle Sherlock, Center Director

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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.

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

Math

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.

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.

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      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. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

We are a family orientated school, serving children 6 weeks to 12 years old. We support family engagement and believe that with ongoing communication and partnerships between teachers and families, we can set each child up for developmental success!

  • Krystle Sherlock

    Krystle Sherlock, Center Director

    I am inspired to come to our center every day by the children and families I get to work with. Seeing the joy on a child's face when they learn something new is a wonderful feeling! I love partnering with families and have open communication with them regarding their child's learning and development. And the passion my teachers have for early childhood education amazes me every day!

    Before joining KinderCare in 2007, Krystle was a nanny for two young girls.  She joined the University Ave KinderCare team in Coon Rapids in November of 2007 as an aide in every classroom.  She quickly earned her child development credential and became the lead toddler teacher.  In May of 2011, she was promoted within her own center to Assistant Director.  As difficult as it was to leave her second home of almost 7 years, she was excited to take on new challenges as a Center Director and accepted the position at the Grove Drive KinderCare in Maple Grove in September of 2014.  Krystle loves partnering closely with her teachers and staff to ensure that the children at her center are learning in a fun, safe, inclusive environment!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    11/19/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies
  • Cassie Dahinden

    Cassie Dahinden, Assistant 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!

    Cassie lives in Maple Grove with her two children. Cassie has worked for KinderCare for 4 years starting as a teachers aide. She worked with every age group before finally settling in the preschool classroom. In 2015, she became the Assistant Director at this location. Cassie's priority is to support her teachers in creating a fun, safe and meaningful learning environment for all students enrolled at her center.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Go Dogs Go" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    4/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Amy, Infants

    Helping children reach milestones is very rewarding for me. I love teaching them about their world.

    Amy keeps busy at home wirth her two teenage children.  She loves to go horseback riding and spend time outside.  Amy's expierence wtih all age groups makes her an asset to our team.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?"
    Year Started:
    11/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Christina, Infants

    I love being able to provide for children at a young age. Teaching them allows them to expand their minds and help them grow.

    Christina has always had a passion for teaching.  During her senior year of high school, she taught second and third grade Religious Education and student managed floor hockey and softball.  She graduated from St. Catherine University in 2015.  Working with the infants displays Christina's patience and gentle interactions.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh The Places You'll Go" By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in family Experience in Childhood
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the excitement in the children's eyes when they experience something new!

    Ms. Lori has worked for KinderCare twice!  She started with KinderCare when she was a teenager for a few years, but left to become a social worker and help families.  After a few years, she realized that she missed working with young children and has been back since 2006.  While at our center, Ms. Lori has worn many hats including cook, school age teacher, preschool teacher, and now has found her love for our discovery preschoolers!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Monster at the End of this Book" by Jon Stone
    Year Started:
    4/25/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    College Credits in ECE
  • Ms. Katie, Preschool Classroom

    I love creating fun new ways to teach children life-long skills that they'll use for the rest of their lives.

    Ms. Cassie began working for KinderCare in 2012, after having her children enrolled in our programs. She began as an aide in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom before she received her CDA from Rassmussen College. She worked in many classrooms and the kitchen before finally settling in as the lead Preschool teacher. Ms. Cassie is inspired to come to work each day by the smiles on the children's faces and the expressions of excitement they give when they see the new and exciting things that are presented to them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    any Amelia Bedelia book
    Year Started:
    4/19/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sharlene

    Ms. Sharlene, Prekindergarten Classroom

    With teaching, everything is a learning experience. I love doing all of my favorite things with my class: read, write, sing, take pictures, draw pictures and figure things out!

    Ms. Sharlene was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. As a middle child, she was always trying to show who she was, a person who was always willing to help and give care. She attended the University of Minnesota for five years and received her CDA from Ellis University.  She has worked with KinderCare for 13 years, in all different positions from working as the cook to being an acting Assistant Director. She has gained lots of knowledge in each position that has helped her to become a better educator. She has a daughter who grew up going to KinderCare. Sharlene loved knowing that she was getting the proper care and education to prepare for her future.

    Previous Experience:
    Sharlene's first job was working with children at the Boys and Girls Club of America when she was 14 years old.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, no good, very bad day" by Judith Viorst
    Year Started:
    10/22/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Toddler Teacher

    It's amazing to watch the children grow and learn so much so quickly!

    Ms. Heidi has worked for the YMCA, New Horizon, and Creative Kids Academy before joining KinderCare.  Heidi joined KinderCare in October of 2014 at one of our Brooklyn Park centers as a Pre K teacher, then transferred to Grove Drive in February. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons when she is not at KinderCare!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    10/24/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Music

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      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.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our KinderCare is located in the heart of Maple Grove near the intersection of Weaver Lake Road and Elm Creek Boulevard, in the Arbor Lakes area. Our location offers parents ease and peace of mind, as your children spend the day in an environment geared for learning, play, and building relationships with friends and caregivers. We can't wait to meet your family!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

All staff are required to follow the Guideline for Safe Work Practices. Working safely allows us to focus on the safety and education of the children in our care. Children learn by observing; teachers are role models for all children. By working safely, we are encouraging safe behaviors by the children. The Guideline for Safe Work Practices are reviewed by all staff members every six months. All new hires should review guidelines before they are allowed in a classroom.

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.

My wife, Melissa, and I enrolled our daughter at KinderCare in Maple Grove about two years ago. We were very comfortable at our prior daycare in Buffalo, but a job change necessitated a switch to a daycare center closer to our home in Maple Grove. we were a bit uneasy making the change at the outset as our daughter was just about to turn 1 and seemed to really be thriving at her previous daycare. 
 
Our concerns were quickly erased, however, when we were able to see firsthand the attention and care given to our daughter at KinderCare. From the beginning, the management team and staff has been amazing in helping our child learn and grow. The setting is conducive to group learning, and the curriculum is dynamic and keeps her challenged. In the last two years, we have witnessed tremendous strides in her vocabulary, speech, and social interaction. I like to think of KinderCare as a school, as opposed to a child care center. There are constantly new and fresh exercises being introduced to the children and themes in place that focus on a wide variety of learning.
 
In addition, the communication between the KinderCare staff and Melissa and myself has been very refreshing. When we pick up our daughter in the evening, we know exactly what she learned that day, and we also get a barometer on her mood and are informed of any issues or behavioral concerns that need to be addressed.
 
In today's world with two income households more and more prevalent, it is extremely important for parents to be at ease and comfortable with the care providers who watch over their children for the majority of a day. My wife and I could not be happier with the love and care shown for our daughter in the past two years. The KinderCare staff truly cares for these children as they are their own and allows us to go about our workday knowing that our daughter is learning and simultaneously having the time of her life. Hearing "Go to work, Daddy" is music to my ears when dropping her off in the morning!
 

- Father

I want to express how much I enjoy being part of the family for this location. I say family because everyone there really is like that. My son is in the infant room therefore I had to accept that someone else was essentially raising him. I’m extremely comfortable with their care for him. The education they provide shows even with him being so young. I love hearing about his day through the daily communication log. It’s a great place to feel secure, cared for, and supported.

- Mother

I am a mother of 4 children, ages two through eight. I'm honored to say that or the past two years my family has been a part of the KinderCare Learning Center experience. Finding the right childcare center is never easy, but when you do it's priceless. From teaching my five year old many new and interesting things like memorizing his colors in Spanish, or the countless keepsakes such as bird feeders, pictures, and many other things, it demonstrates the level of skill and dedication the teachers possess. It ensures my children are provided with the tools they need to nurture their young minds. When my two year old is having a rough morning because he wants to spend one more moment cuddling with mom, there's never a shortage of teachers who willingly jump right in to comfort him. This allows me to leave with peace of mind knowing they are committed to do their best each and every day. The director and the assistant director are an awesome duo as well. They do a great job of supporting their staff, communicating with the parents and are devoted to reassuring through their actions that choosing Grove Drive KinderCare is one of the best choices you can make as a parent. I'm so glad that I did!

- Mother

I have a toddler in Ms. Brandi’s room. My toddler loves Ms. Brandi and she always assures me in the morning when drop offs are sometimes a little sad. She calls me during the day to tell me the fun thing he has done and that really eases my mind and heart. Ms. Brandi also does potty training like a pro. She is so patient with all those little toddlers.
My oldest child is in Ms. Lori’s preschool classroom. My son talks about her in the morning, evening and weekends when he’s not at school. Ms. Lori knows my son so well and she stops me in the mornings to tell me what they have learned and what my son’s favorite part was. She also sends home things for me to work on at home with him. She lets them explore and get messy, which is his favorite part.
I love my children’s school so much!

- Mother
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