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Oakdale KinderCare

Ms. Kristin Murphy, Center Director

7380 10th St. North Oakdale MN 55128
(651) 735-3711 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Oakdale, Skyview, Eagle Point

Welcome

Welcome to our center! Here at Oakdale KinderCare, we have an excellent curriculum for all our classrooms, from infants to school-age! Our teachers love implementing our curriculum each and every day to help the children learn and grow! We strive to create a partnership with our parents and believe that open and continuing communication is the key to creating our successful partnership. Being a NAEYC accredited center, we keep our standards high and organize our classrooms and large playgrounds for developmentally appropriate play and learning. We look forward to helping you with your child’s education needs!

Ms. Kristin Murphy, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

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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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

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

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Oakdale KinderCare have one very important thing in common: they all are passionate about providing quality care to the children in their classrooms! Their passion takes our curriculum and classrooms to the next level. Our Oakdale team strives to stay at top performance by attending staff trainings throughout the year. We have an average staff tenure of four-and-a-half years with KinderCare. The vast majority of our teachers have begun continuing their education with their child development associate credential, and many of them have associate's and bachelor's degrees in early childhood education! Our teachers' love of education translates into success in our classrooms!

  • Ms. Kristin Murphy

    Ms. Kristin Murphy, Center Director

    Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

    Originally, Ms. Kristin is from Minnesota and went to Spring Lake Park High School. She was involved in many extracurricular organizations and also played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She went to college at Northern Illinois University and studied sociology and psychology. Ms. Kristin played collegiate rugby and sang in choir while she was there. For graduate school, Ms. Kristin attended Robert Morris University in Chicago. There, she earned her MBA in management, graduated with a 3.98 GPA, and gave the commencement speech. She spent 15 years in Illinois and is excited to be home in Minnesota. She is passionate about helping children learn and succeed. Ms. Kristin genuinely loves what she does and believes it is evident in her everyday interactions. She loves building relationships with staff, children, and families. Ms. Kristin uses every interaction as an opportunity to be a positive role model, but also knows when to have fun! Ms. Kristin loves children and KinderCare!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kristin worked at The Growing Place daycare in DeKalb, IL for one year in the Preschool Classroom. She worked at the YMCA in Sycamore, IL doing daycare, after-school programming, and day camp for five years with children ages five to 14. Then she worked at Camelot Therapeutic Day School in Naperville, IL for three years with children ages three to 18 who were struggling with special needs, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and autism. After that, she worked at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, IL for five and a half years. Ms. Kristin has worked with at-risk boys ages 11-17 in a group home setting on life skills, goal setting, social etiquette, educational success, and anger management.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Applied Sociology; Master of Business Administration in Management
  • Ms. Tiffany Schultz

    Ms. Tiffany Schultz, Assistant Director

    It has always been a joy watching children grow and develop. Together we are able to teach! I love being able to share that joy with other children, teachers, and families. Every day there is something new!

    Ms. Tiffany started working with children when she was 16. It didn't take long before she knew she wanted to work with children. After graduating high school, Ms. Tiffany went to St. Paul Community College and got her associate of applied science degree in early childhood development. She started working at KinderCare in October 2006 as a teacher in various classrooms and then became the Assistant Director in May 2015. She and her husband, Nate, have two daughters, Annabelle and Aurora. When Ms. Tiffany is not at work, she loves spending time with her family and reading.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tiffany started as an aide in high school and worked all the way up to Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

    Year Started:
    10/16/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lindsey has previously worked as an aide at another child care center.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk and Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

    Year Started:
    9/10/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Jessica has worked at the YMCA, Head Start, and New Horizon Academy.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    6/21/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chi

    Ms. Chi, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Chi's favorite children's book is The Big Red Barn.

    Year Started:
    3/26/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kim's favorite children's books are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Mitten by Jan Brett.

    Year Started:
    12/14/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kelsey's favorite children's book is Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin.

    Year Started:
    5/12/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Chelsee

    Ms. Chelsee, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Chelsee has previous experience working as a nanny.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    4/30/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education (In Progress)
  • Ms. Tami

    Ms. Tami, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Tami previously worked at an in-home daycare.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Napping House by Audrey Wood

    Year Started:
    5/21/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    Associate of Art Degree; Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, School Age / Learning Adventures Classrooms

    Ms. Brittney has previously worked at other child care centers.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Any Dr. Suess book

    Year Started:
    6/20/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Cook

    Ms. Lori's favorite children's book is Silly Sally by Audrey Wood.

    Year Started:
    11/5/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Certified Food Manager

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

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

  • American Sign Language
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Hmong

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

Your child’s safety is a top priority here at Oakdale KinderCare. Each of our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff who does monthly safety checks. We also follow licensing standards to provide constant supervision including, checking on each child every half hour. Our playground is surrounded by a fence with locked gates and our front entry system has a key code that is only given out to staff and enrolled families. Each parent is asked to give consent for anyone that they authorize to pick up, and only those authorized persons are allowed to take children from the center. We take all these measures to ensure the safety of our students.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We highly appreciate all your support for our daughter and family.  Thank you for creating such a positive environment for the children, and for giving them all your love and passion.  

- Parent

It was so important for us to find a center that had diverse children for our kids to learn and grow with every day.  KinderCare Oakdale has been a great place for our children to connect with kids from different backgrounds.  Our children have consistently been able to connect with their teachers in each class they have been in and the genuine care, concern, and interest in our children has been invaluable.  The confidence and independence my children show when they come to the center makes me feel extremely comfortable as a parent to go about my day at work.  The learning, structure, and curriculum taught has given us great confidence to know that our children will be ready for kindergarten with a solid foundation of academic and socio-emotional learning.  As parents, we are not shy to address concerns and issues as they arise and we have found a staff and management who is willing to talk and listen and adjust their approach based on our concerns and preferences. 

- Parent
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