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University KinderCare

Brittany Byron, Center Director

525 Huron Blvd. South East Minneapolis MN 55414
(612) 623-4642 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
Off I94 and Huron Blvd near U of M campus

Neighborhood:
Southeast Minneapolis Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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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 University KinderCare! Located at 525 Huron Blvd SE, on the East Bank campus at the University of Minnesota. Our location brings us young, energetic, highly qualified staff and great ties to our surrounding community. We would love to meet you and your family to show you our facility, introduce you to our staff, inform you about our curriculum, and work with you to highlight the many ways our center will suit the needs of you family!

Brittany Byron, 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.

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

Cooking

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.

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.

Soccer (summer months)

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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

The teachers and staff here at our University KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing young children. We have recently welcomed some new teachers to the KinderCare Family and doing so has added a lot of diversity to the qualifications that our teachers have. The majority of our teachers have their CDA, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. The University KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Brittany Byron

    Brittany Byron, Center Director

    Brittany has worked for KinderCare since 2009 starting as a teacher, moving on to working as the Assistant Director of University KinderCare from March 2013 until May of 2016 when she took over as Center Director. She attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology. Brittany enjoys working with families and staff to create the unique sense of community you will find at University KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Brittany has a variety of experiences of working with children. She was a teacher with KinderCare for three years before becoming an Assistant Director. In the past she has volunteered, working with children at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, a women and children's shelter, and the Minnesota Children's Museum.
    Year Started:
    12/28/2009
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Emily

    Emily, Learning Adventures

    Year Started:
    11/4/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Marlee

    Marlee, Learning Adventures, Health and Safety Coordinator

    Year Started:
    5/29/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Kayla

    Kayla, Program Specialist

    Ms. Kayla has a wide variety of experience in the Early Childhood field.  She was an aide at her mother's daycare for 10 years.  She has volunteered at a women's shelter working with children from abusive homes.  She has been a nanny for various families during the summers.  She has also had internships with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Head Start in Winona.

    Year Started:
    7/31/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Child Advocacy
  • Esma

    Esma, Discovery Preschool

    Year Started:
    10/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Amanda

    Amanda, Infant A

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
  • Yasmin

    Yasmin, Infant A

    Year Started:
    3/17/2016
  • Amy

    Amy, Infant A Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/25/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Carly

    Carly, Infant A Classroom

    I love seeing how much the babies change and learn every day. I am inspired to come to work each day because I am able to be part of so many milestones in each child's life.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Holly

    Holly, Infant B

    Year Started:
    1/19/2016
  • Morgan

    Morgan, Infant B

    Year Started:
    2/29/2016
  • Iris

    Iris, Prekindergarten

    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Maki

    Maki, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    5/10/2016
  • Jessica

    Jessica, Preschool

    Year Started:
    5/16/2016
  • Cheryl

    Cheryl, Toddlers

    Year Started:
    8/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Emma

    Emma, Toddlers, Learning Adventures

    Year Started:
    10/2/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Emma

    Emma, Kitchen

    I love being able to watch a child grow and learn as they move up through the classrooms in our school.

    Year Started:
    10/25/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years

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 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

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

At KinderCare, safety is our top priority. We offer a keypad entry, a fenced playground and all of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Ms. Marlee is our Health and Safety Coordinator and ensures that we are followings all of the proper policies and procedures to keep our students safe. We take special precautions throughout the day to make sure each and every child in our care is kept safe. When a child is safe, learning can begin.

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.

We have two children at the University KinderCare location.  Our children are excited to go to school.  They teach us new songs and games all the time. The center is filled with energetic teachers passionate about working with young children.  We and our children are happy to have KinderCare in our lives!

- Parents

Leaving my son after maternity leave in the care of others was difficult for me. I wanted to care for him, but knew it was time to get back into my career. The staff at KinderCare eased my worries immediately. From the very first week, I was amazed at how much they knew about my child and had already grown to care about him. Every day I pick him up and he has the biggest smile on his face. The teachers are loving, intelligent and reflective. I learn new things about my child almost every day based on their observations throughout the day. I really feel like the center cares about my son, and my family. They do fun events throughout the year, and even plan little breakfasts for parents every now and then (always seem to be on a day when I needed a little pick me up on the way to work!). They are such a great resource to have in a young child's life and I'm so grateful for them.

- Mother

It's the little things. Every day when I drop my son off I do not think about if he will go to the bathroom or not. I don't even think much about him eating his whole lunch. It's the little things on the [daily] report that let me know if he had a good day. Did he like bubbles today? Did he make a friend? Did he try something new and how did he react? These are the things I miss during the day and want to hear about. I think Ms. Kayla does a great job at this and it makes me feel like I'm not missing so much.

- Father
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