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Maplewood KinderCare

Mindy Peterson, Center Director

1925 County Rd. D E Maplewood MN 55109
(651) 777-5133 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
at White Bear Ave & E County Rd D between Tires Plus & Goodyear

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Harambee, Willow Lane and Matoska provide bussing to this Center

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Welcome to Maplewood KinderCare. We are dedicated to teaching young children. Education and curriculum is very important to our staff. We teach to develop the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually all while having fun! We provide an environment where your child can explore, discover and learn. Also, we serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance.

Mindy Peterson, 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.


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

The teachers and staff at the Maplewood KinderCare strive to build a strong partnership with parents, ensuring the best possible learning experience for your child. We believe communication is key to meeting the unique needs of each family. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and the education of young children. The majority of our teachers have their Childhood Development Associate (CDA) or Bachelor’s degrees in the education field. To ensure the best and latest education techniques and skills, our teachers continue training classes throughout the year. Our teacher’s commitment to developing the whole child is why our center is successful.

  • Mindy Peterson

    Mindy Peterson, Center Director

    Mindy enjoys working with the families and staff at the center and looks forward each day in building strong relationships. The most rewarding part of her job is the satisfaction of knowing children get an educational experience where they are encouraged to develop a lifelong love of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director, Mindy taught in the Infant classroom and was an assistant director.
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
  • Van Mulheron

    Van Mulheron, Assistant Director

    “There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”
    - Walt Streightiff


    Ms. Van loves to inspire children to be their best.  She loves to help each child grow to their full potential.  She loves working with her team to create the best educational atmosphere.  The best part of her day is to see each child learn something new.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming an Assistant Director at Maplewood. Van has been an infant, toddler, preschool, and school-age teacher in the past 20 years. She was a curriculum coordinator and an assistant director for other centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Children
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Linda loves caring for infants and watching them learn and grow every day. She brings 26 years of experience and a great amount of laughter to the Maplewood KinderCare team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Linda has worked with children of all ages in her 25 years of experience but her passion is working with the infants.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All children's books.
    Year Started:
    29 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 years
  • Ms. Chrysala

    Ms. Chrysala, Infants

    Ms. Chrysala has over seven years experience working with young children.  She has her Child Development Associate degree.  She loves to work with babies and helping them develop and learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates degree
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience working with young children.  She has her Child Development Associates degree.  Her heart is with the toddler classroom.  The best part of her job is working with the toddlers and experiencing all the energy they have.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jennifer has over 10 years of experience working with young children. Toddlers have been her main focus.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associates degree
  • Ms. Angelina

    Ms. Angelina, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Angelina has a love for children.  She is currently getting her degree in Urban Education and loves to spend her days helping  the children grow to their full potential.  She encourages the children to laugh, play and explore their surroundings.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Currently pursuing Education degree
  • Ms. Ti

    Ms. Ti, Discovery Preschool and Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Ti enjoys walking into a room each morning to children saying her name and giving lots of hugs. She loves knowing that what she is teaching the children will benefit them for years to come. Ms. Ti brings a ton of laughter, energy and creativity into the Discovery Preschool and Toddler rooms.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Preschool and Learning Adventures Classrooms

    Ms. Cassandra is inspired to come to work each day because of the children and their need for education in fun ways, as well as the big hugs and smiles. She enjoys watching the children become more knowledgeable and grow every day. She plans creative and fun activities for the children and brings a lot of energy to the Preschool classroom. Ms. Cassandra also teachers the Learning Adventures classes. She enjoys the opportunity during Learning Adventures to work with small groups of children with a variety of children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kekekli

    Ms. Kekekli, Preschool

    Ms.Kekeli has 10 years of experience working with young children from birth to four years.  She has her Child Development Associates degree.  She has three children and loves to watch the children learn.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Child Development Associates degree
  • Ms. Kat

    Ms. Kat, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Kat enjoys being in the PreKindergarten classroom because she loves being able to see the daily process a child makes. She likes being able to prepare the children for Kindergarten and years after. Ms. Kat's favorite thing about the day is walking in to see a bunch of smiling faces. Ms. Kat brings a great deal of patience and laughter to our center and PreKindergarten class.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice

November 2015 Events

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  1. Tuesday November 17, 2015
    1. Thanksgiving Pie Social

      Join us from 3:30 - 5:30 for a slice of pie.  Apple or pumpkin.  Join us as we say thank you for being part of our KinderCare family.

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Health and safety is a top priority at our center. On site we have a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator. All of our staff is certified in First Aid and CPR. Our staff participates in ongoing health and safety training throughout the year. We also have a monthly visit from a public health nurse. The center has a key code entry and only authorized parents can take children out of the center. In addition to the secure entry, the building and playground are fenced.

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.

Deciding on care for our infant was a big decision. After meeting the infant teachers at this center I knew this was the place. I’m confident that we made the right decision for our son. Each day I go to work knowing he is happy and well cared for.

- Dad

My son is a Preschooler at the Maplewood KinderCare and he loves coming to school every day. He looks forward to seeing his friends and teachers greeting him in the morning. It makes my day easier knowing that he is in a safe and happy environment where he is continually learning and growing.

- Mom

My daughter attends Preschool at Maplewood KinderCare. We could not be happier with the teachers and all of the learning that goes on during the day. She loves coming here, it is a wonderful center.

- Mom

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