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Maplewood KinderCare II

Ashley Perez, Center Director

2036 County Rd. D E Maplewood MN 55109
(651) 770-1239 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
One block east of White Bear Ave.

Maplewood Minnesota Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We serve and have close collaborations with the Maplewood Schools and a few school in White Bear Lake. Please call if you would like additional information on what schools currently have KinderCare as a drop off and pick up location.

The results are in: According to a statewide assessment, more students that attended Prekindergarten at KinderCare tested fully ready for Kindergarten than their non-KinderCare classmates. A higher percentage of KinderCare children ranked as top performers in Language/Literacy (14% more), Mathematical Thinking (18% more), and Scientific Thinking (11% more). With a curriculum that targets what children need to succeed in school and beyond, you’ll see how it all adds up to one amazing child — yours!

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Welcome to the Maplewood KinderCare! We are a Nationally Accredited program through National Association for the Education of Young Children. We also maintain a Four Star rating (the highest rating) through the Minnesota Parent Aware Program.

Our teachers dedication and excitement has created an amazing learning environment. Curriculum based learning that meets the needs of each child - starting at six weeks old and following their development through the age of twelve.

Please spend some time on our webpage, learning about our classrooms, teachers and our World Class Curriculum.

Ashley Perez, Center Director

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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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


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.

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

We invite you to meet our friendly staff who are eager to help children learn! When you schedule your tour, we will create time to meet with our teachers and learn more about the learning environment provided. It will give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about KinderCare.

  • Ashley Perez

    Ashley Perez, Center Director

    "Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don't begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten."-- Robert. L. Ehrlich

    Ashley has worked with the company for five years, starting as a preschool teachers at the Hudson KinderCare. After a year of working at the Hudson KinderCare, she was promoted to the Assistant Director position at Maplewood KinderCare. While at the Maplewood KinderCare as an Assistant Director, Ashley enjoyed working with the children, families & teachers. Recently, Ashley has been promoted to the Center Director position at the Maplewood KinderCare and is very excited to be able to be a part of the Maplewood Community and welcome new families to KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working with KinderCare, Ashley worked in an in-home childcare setting.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelors of Marketing & Business Education
  • Katie

    Katie, Assistant Director

    Katie has been with KinderCare since February 2007. Over the years she has had the opportunity to lead a center's Infant, Preschool and Prekindergarten Classrooms and now will be helping out as our interim Assistant Director. Katie has a very well rounded understanding of child development and developmentally appropriate practices. Katie is very proud of the educationally structured schedule she provides the children. The time is a balance of child directed interactive activities and teacher directed small group instruction. Katie adds so much passion and excitement to the children's learning each and every day! ­
    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie grew up in a home that provided in home child care. She also previously worked at New Horizon for 3 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Kayla

    Kayla, Infants

    Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.

    Ms. Kayla joined our KinderCare team in 2011. She loves getting to know each individual child and their families. She believes in helping each child to become their own person and pushing them to try new things. Ms. Kayla says that seeing the children smile at her is what keeps her coming to work each day! In her spare time, Ms. Kayle loves to spend time with her twin sister and her kitty, Lovie and her dog Rocky!

    Previous Experience:
    Numerous Practicum and Student Teaching Experiences
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Masters in Early Childhood Education
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer, Infants

    Ms. Jennifer joined our team in July 2015, and she has made such a connection and a positive impact on the children in our infant program! The children love seeing her each day and we know she beams when she sees them and gets to work with each of their unique personalities!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has worked previously in early childhood programs working with various ages of children! Jennifer's passion is making a difference on children's lives!
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Degree
  • Ashley

    Ashley, Infants

    Ashley brings a lot of experience to our infant classroom, with teaching and implementing curriculum while teaching at the reading corp. She loves spending time with the babies and uniquely teaching them the curriculum that we have implemented in the classroom. She loves getting to know each family and learning about their child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley has worked at the Reading Corp prior to working with our center in the infant classroom.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA in Early Childhood
  • Jo

    Jo, Toddlers

    I love coming to work everyday and seeing how much the children learn. We play a big role in the development and learning that takes place for the children everyday. At KinderCare, we take that serious! I love every child in my care and I am proud to be a part of their lives!

    Jo has worked at KinderCare for many years. She has experience with all age groups - from Infants to School Age. The children love Ms. Jo - they know she is a consistent part of the team. Jo has built relationships with the families and children and has enjoyed every moment she shares with them. Jo is a grandmother herself - she enjoys spending time with her grandson, Joey

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jo
    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Associates in Early Childhood
  • Dezzie

    Dezzie, Toddlers

    Dezzie joined us in November 2015 and joins us with a lot of knowledge and experiences as she transferred from the East St. Paul KinderCare. Dezzie loves spending time in all the classrooms but she has a special spot for the toddler ages. She loves spending time with her two daughters and is currently going back to school to grow in her own personal development.

    Previous Experience:
    Dezzie joined us after working at the East St. Paul as a program specialist and now is helping in the infant classroom.
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    CDA in Early Childhood
  • Huong

    Huong, Preschool

    Huong joined our team in November and everyday the children have something exciting to tell their parents about their learning activities. She teaches through many motivating teaching styles and everyday the children are excited to come to her classroom to learn more!

    Previous Experience:
    Huong has worked in many early childhood programs implementing and enhancing curriculum.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood
  • Charles

    Charles, Preschool

    Charles loves doing large motor skills with the children. He enjoys being able to engage his experiences of being a fitness consultant towards activities for the children. We are very excited to have Charles on our team and working with our preschool classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Charles has spent time working as a fitness consultant prior to coming with us at KinderCare. He realized that he wanted to take those skills and apply them towards children and make a difference in their lives.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Kinesiology
  • Laura

    Laura, Pre-K

    Ms. Laura has worked in early childhood centers prior and brings in a wealth of knowledge working with children! She is very eager to work in our Pre-K program and be able to teach and watch your children grow through their learning stages.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura came to us with experience from various child care centers along with a bachelors in early childhood.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Lanae

    Ms. Lanae, Multi-Age teacher

    Ms. Lanae joined our team in 2013 and she enjoys being able to work in all of the age groups, and when she does she really makes an impact by making the activities fun and engaging while teaching at the same time! The children light up to see Ms. Lanae in their classroom and look forward to when she is working in their classroom!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lanae did her student teaching practicum here in our preschool program, after she finished she joined our team as the toddler teacher and now she has moved to being the multi-age teacher to have the opportunity to work with all the children in the center.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA in Early Childhood
  • Emily


    Emily is a very positive teacher with a deep passion for working with children! She loves to be able to work with the children and learn about each and every one of them! She is currently in the process of working on her CDA to someday be able to work to having her own classroom- in the meantime she has been assisting us in our infant and toddler classroom!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    CDA in Early Childhood

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About Our Center

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.

Special Features

  • Target Employees have a KinderCare benefit! - Ask us for details
  • Welcome Walgreens employees! Did you know there is a special KinderCare benefit given to you by Walgreens?
  • Our Center is located on the East Side of White Bear Ave. We are hidden back behind Caribou Coffee off of Ariel Street and County RD D.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

We are NAEYC accredited and adhere to very strict health and safety guidelines at our center. The entire staff is CPR and First Aid certified, and trained on SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Our front entrance is secured via a key pad and all other entrances are also strictly secured. In order to ensure every child is cared for, we have a designated health & safety coordinator on-site and a registered nurse who comes in once a month. Also our center is located away from busy streets.

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.

I am very proud to say that every day I send my daughter to the Maplewood KinderCare! Not only do they teach her and give her educational experiences that I can't, they enhance the learning that takes place at home, such as her second language, Spanish! I can't say many other learning centers would provide those opportunities for my daughter and have teachers and staff that are as engaged with my child! I couldn't imagine my daughter in another place than the Maplewood KinderCare!

- Father

It's been a great experience having my children attend KinderCare. We are now moving from the area and will miss everyone so much. Thank you all for the fun filled days you have given my children. You will all be greatly missed. The experiences they have had here will last a lifetime. Every teacher has been a part of our lives. We even talk about everyone at the dinner table. Thank you again.

- Mother

My children have enjoyed every moment they have spent at KinderCare. From Infants to PreK - each teacher has made a positive, meaningful and loving impact on my children. They play and LEARN. They enjoy social time and educations pieces. I can't imagine my children going anywhere else because I know they will be ready to Kindergarten and I know they are safe.

- Mother

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