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Excelsior KinderCare

Chelsea Lapham, Center Director

17701 Old Excelsior Blvd. Minnetonka MN 55345
(952) 474-9592 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Clear Springs Elementary busses to our location.

We currently have openings in each of our age groups but rooms are filling fast so please call and schedule your tour today!


Welcome to the Minnetonka KinderCare! Our educated and experienced teaching staff is passionate about providing the best learning environment possible for all of the children at our school. We provide children with an enriched learning environment as well as both teacher directed and child directed activities to provide your child with a well-rounded educational experience. As the Center Director, I am committed to maintaining excellence through out our center. We welcome you to come check our center out and see for yourself what quality care looks like.

Chelsea Lapham, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.


Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

The staff at Minnetonka KinderCare are dedicated to providing quality care and education to their students. They pursued a career working with children because of their love of kids. We welcome all students with open arms and enjoy getting to know each and every one of them!

  • Chelsea Lapham, Center Director

    We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun" -Christopher Robin

    I joined as a Toddler Teacher eager to start my new adventure at KinderCare. Through my experiences of teaching and coaching my peers, I was guided through many KinderCare positions which ultimately lead to Center Director here at Minnetonka KinderCare. I am passionate about my teachers and driving them to be the best they can be. One of my favorite aspects of my job is being able to touch the lives of each child in the building. You will often find me sharing fun stories with parents at the end of the day, along with exciting news that their child has accomplished! We bring high quality to all of our programs through child guided activities and through teacher-child interactions that set us above the rest. I encourage you to come and visit anytime and see what we can offer your child!

    Previous Experience:
    Chelsea started with KinderCare as a toddler teacher and also spent time as a Discovery Preschool teacher, Learning Adventures teacher and Assistant Director, and most recently Center Director with the company. She also has experience in other child care facilities with all age groups and as a Youth Director at her local church.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Quick Like a Cricket
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Amanda Holz, Assistant Director

    Work as if you dont need the money, love as you've never been hurt, and dance as if no one is watching

    I started working at KinderCare in 1999 excited to begin my journey at KinderCare. I have been able to teach many ages and touch the lives of children who now have graduated high school! I believe in setting an setting an example for my teachers as a leader, all while having fun with those that surround me. After teaching for over 10 years, I had the opprtunity to be an Assistant Director at a few schools around the metro area, ending here at Minnetonka. I love that I have the ability to dabble in each classroom every day and support our teachers in their passions of teaching. I truly enjoy what I do in making a difference in children's development.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Associates of Child Development
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, Infant Classroom

    Children are a masterpiece all of their own.

    Ms. Jen has been with KinderCare for quite a few years and she loves working with children. She really enjoys watching them grow and develop their own personalities. Ms. Jen had previously worked at a non KinderCare center and she heard great things about the KinderCare family and decided to join the team! She loves working with the babies and she bonds with each of them individually. She loves to make portfolios of the babies in her classroom. At the end of their time in the infant classroom Ms. Jen has a well documented picture book of their time.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare, Ms. Jen had experience in other Child Care Centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Moo, Baa, La La La
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Shelley

    Ms. Shelley, Infants

    I am so passionate about sign language and seeing one of my kids understand or use their first sign. It amazes and excites me every time!

    Shelley has always felt a special connection with children.  She started babysitting at 12 years old and her love for teaching children grew from there.  She loves art and foreign languages and loves to incorporate them in fun ways.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love you Forever by Robert Munsch
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lauren, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lauren enjoys spending time getting on the floor and playing with the babies! She engages them in playing peek-a-boo and having dance parties. She loves to make the babies smile and giggle and will do whatever it takes to get them there. Lauren loves to give individual attention to each child in the center and trying tomake them all feel special!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Alyssa, Toddlers

    You never know when you are making a memory, so cherish every moment.

    Ms. Alyssa started at KinderCare as a Multi-Age Specialist. Alyssa loves to watch the children grow and learn to use their words. She enjoys nurturing their love of learning by teaching them their letters, numbers and independent skills. It's a pleasure to have that kind of opportunity to watch each and every one of her kids develop their own idividuality.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alyssa has previous experience working as a nanny and in after school programs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pokey Little Puppy
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Pursuing Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education
  • Ms. Shelby, Discovery Preschool

    Ms. Shelby loves watching children grow and learn new things. She enjoys doing many different projects with the kids in her classroom. Shelby loves to encourage the kids to be silly and just have fun! Shelby enjoys getting the kids to try new things to help foster their learning!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    There's a Wocket in my Pocket
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Preschool Classroom

    I am passionate about childcare and the strengths and positive impact it has on children and families.

    Ms. Sam spent time studying both Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She enjoys meeting new families and children while creating a positive learning environment. Most of all she enjoys teaching the children to write and form thier letters. Ms. Sam does a wonderful job of displaying evidence of what the children have learned in her classroom. Sam really enjoys doing lots of fun projects in her room!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sam has worked in many different and diverse child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Arthur Books
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    B.S. Psychology
  • Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike, Pre-Kindergarten

    Live today to the never know what tomorrow will bring.

    Mr. Mike grew up in Braham, Minnesota, which is a small town in the east central part of the state.  He attended St. Cloud State University and graduated in 2006.  While attending SCSU, he was a Youth Guidance Worker at the Boys and Girls Club.  In 2007 he became an Inclusion Instructor for the St. Cloud school district.  In 2009 Mike moved to the twin cities are with his wife, Tessa.  He began working for KinderCare in September 2011.  Mike enjoys teaching the kids new concepts and new ways of learning. He does a wonderful job preparing our students for Kindergarten!

    Previous Experience:
    Youth Guidance Worker and Inclusion Instructor at Boys and Girls Club of Central Minnesota
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Special Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our center is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and licensed by the state of Minnesota so we follow very strict guidelines for health, safety and cleanliness. Our center has a secure key pad entry and a privacy fence surrounding our playgrounds. All of our teaching staff have current First Aid and CPR certification and are trained in the prevention of child abuse, SUIDS and Abusive Head Trauma. We also have a nurse who visits our school monthly to offer on-going training and support to our teaching staff in health related matters.

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 daughter has been going to Kindercare since she was three months old. I have been so amazed at all the things she has learned. The teachers have been nothing but supportive to my daughter's development and learning. They have also been supportive to our whole family during my husband's multiple year long deployments over seas.

- Parent

Why I chose kindercare...when we started looking for daycares before our son was born I wasn't sure about in home or a center. I toured about 15 places before we chose kindercare. We love our daycare. We love everything you do with our son and for our son. You spend 12 weeks with this little being attached to you and then you have to entrust him to someone else and that is hard. Everyone is wonderful, thoughtful and caring. I love the curriculum. I love the free play. I love the schedule you keep him on. He does things for you that I can't get him to do at home. I love that you are about playing and interacting with the kids instead of being on a computer charting everything they do. I am grateful that you have taught and told me what to do to be a better mom ( when to change the nipples on our bottles, when to start feeding him more solids). I didn't know these things being a first time mom. I just love knowing that you love my child as much as I do. We as a family can't say enough wonderful things about kindercare! I tell everyone I know how wonderful you are!


- mother

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