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Fernbrook KinderCare

Jamie Anderson, Center Director

3050 Fernbrook Lane North Plymouth MN 55447
(763) 553-7960 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEARS

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Located near 494 & Highway 55

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Welcome to Fernbrook KinderCare, a child development center that has been offering exceptional early childhood education since 1986. We are very proud of our long standing reputation in the Plymouth community! Through a focus on communication and our commitment to nurturing the whole child, our team of experienced teachers will assist your child's social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Our curriculum focus on daily experiences in literacy, math, science and the creative arts through a medium children understand - play! Our team is eager to partner with your family and support the beginning of your child's educational success.

Jamie Anderson, 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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Welcome to the Fernbrook KinderCare! Our team has over 100 years of experience in Early Childhood Education to share with your family. We are passionate about developing the whole child through daily experiences and positive teacher-child interactions. Our dedicated team believes our success comes from building meaningful partnerships with each family to ensure personal and educational success for every child.

  • Jamie Anderson

    Jamie Anderson, Center Director

    I love knowing that I have been able to serve so many children in our community and that the education that they've received from our school has set them up for future successes.

    Jamie has been with KinderCare since 2005 and has her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood from UMD and has loved getting to work with all of the different families over the years! She is married and has two daughters who are KinderCare kids.

    Previous Experience:
    Jamie started out as a Preschool Teacher, was promoted to Assistant Director and then to Center Director
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Splat the Cat and The Day the Crayons Quit

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood
  • Laura Ortgiesen

    Laura Ortgiesen, Assistant Director

    I enjoy meeting new families and impacting many children's lives.

    Laura joined us in November, 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has many years of experience working with children and families. Her favorite thing about working for KinderCare is that she is able to be a huge part in young children's development. Laura is married and has a little girl of her own who also goes to KinderCare. 

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool teacher at Especially for Children, child care provider for the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and Certified Child Life Specialist
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Blue Truck

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Naheed

    Ms. Naheed, Infants

    I enjoy watching children progress and being able to support infants in their development.

    Ms. Naheed has been with KinderCare since 2002 and has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics as well as a Child Development Associates Credential. She is dedicated to working with each family to create a schedule and learning plan that fits each child's developmental level and personal needs. Her best attributes include her ability to communicate to families about their child and build meaningful relationships with children and families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess Books (All)
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Bachelor's Degree in Physics and a Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Infants

    I love being apart of children's lives and knowing that I am making a difference.

    Ms. Stephanie has been with the KinderCare family since 2012 and has a Child Development Associates Credential. She enjoys supporting a love for reading, creative arts and science. Ms. Stephanie works closely with our toddler team to ensure each child is set up for a successful transition. Her best attributes include her ability to build strong bonds with her families and create an engaging, loving environment for our youngest students.

    Previous Experience:
    Has long term child care center experience prior to working with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" written by Judy Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2000
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Preschool Classroom

    It's all about learning. There is no better gift then being able to see children understanding and using a new skill.

    Ms. Katrina joined the KinderCare family in 2015 and has a child development associate credential. She is very educationally driven and believes that every child deserves to have a high quality educational experience. Ms. Katrina focuses on physical, literacy and cognitive development. Her best attributes include her ability to use every interaction as a teachable moment and to create lasting relationships with her students and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Has long term child care center experience prior to working with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Kissing Hand written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Heidi

    Ms. Heidi, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because it is so rewarding when a child learns, demonstrates success and grows in their self-esteem.

    Ms. Heidi has worked at KinderCare since 1980 and has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is dedicated to supporting our prekindergarten children's education and preparing them for elementary school life. Ms. Heidi focuses on executive function as a whole while individualizing lessons based on children's unique needs. Her best attributes include creating a warm, welcoming and engaging environment for students and families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.
    Year Started:
    37 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1980
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Multi-Age Specialist (Substitute)

    I enjoy knowing that I'm making a difference.

    Ms. Nicole has been with KinderCare since 2008 and has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She currently is a substitute for the school district in the elementary schools K-8. Ms. Nicole is very flexible and is able to support all classrooms at our school. She enjoys teaching the children new concepts and getting to know families. Her best attributes include a positive attitude and the ability to create an environment that is both engaging and educational.

    Previous Experience:
    Has long term child care center as well as school district experience prior to working with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Kissing Hand" written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1996
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Toddler Classroom

    Rachel has had years of experience working as a nanny for multiple families, working with many different age groups. She comes to us with lots of energy and a positive attitude. She is wonderful with our busy little toddlers and gives them lots of love while helping them learn along the way!

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny for three different families
    Favorite Children's Book:

    If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in coaching
  • Ms. Hani

    Ms. Hani, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Hani comes to us with previous experience working with young children and a background in interpreting. She brings a lot of joy and education to her classroom and has amazing classroom management. Hani is married and has a little boy of her own. We're so happy to have her be a part of our team!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Debbie

    Ms. Debbie, Preschool Classroom

    Debbie has over 15 years of experience working with children ages three to School Age. Debbie has two grown children of her own and loves bringing in new ideas to her classroom. She is very loving and has been a great addition to our preschool team!

    Previous Experience:
    14 years working in the Orono School District
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Bryanna, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Bryanna brings a sweet, calm feeling to her classroom. She started out helping out in our infant room and then moved up with some of our young ones to work with our two-year-olds. Bryanna has a son of her own and really relates to the milestones the children in her class are experiencing. 

    Year Started:

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

We offer students high quality education and care with long term teachers. As well as a fun and exciting environment that focuses on well rounded development and kindergarten readiness. Our school offers care for children 6 weeks to 6 years old.

Infants: 6 weeks to 16 months
Toddlers/Discovery Preschool: 16 months to 33 months
Preschool/Prekindergarten: 33 months to 6 years

Special Features

  • Health & Safety Coordinator on site
  • Over 100 years combined experience
  • Tenured teaching and management staff
  • NAEYC Accredited & Four Star Parent Aware Rated School
  • Conveniently located near 494 & Highway 55

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Visayan, Tagalog, Cebuano

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day and Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

From our keyed entry to our fenced perimeter, our goal is to ensure safety for all children, families and teachers. We have a monthly visit from a Registered Nurse as well as a Health & Safety Coordinator on site. Our Health & Safety Coordinator conducts monthly disaster drills and playground/classroom safety inspections, facilitates safety trainings and updates and maintains current allergy/emergency information for our school. All staff are certified in CPR, First Aid, Abusive Head Trauma and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome.

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.

The KinderCare staff are all very friendly and really take the time to care for my child in the best ways possible. My child looks forward to going to KinderCare every day and he’s thriving in the fun and educational environment that they provide.

- Mother

My three children have attended Fernbrook KinderCare for over two years and have "graduated" from the infant & toddler rooms. Currently, my twins are in the Preschool room and my oldest is in the Pre-K room. We have had great experiences at this center as my kids have grown from babies to preschoolers and I am grateful to have such a positive environment for them to grow up in.

- Mother

Fernbrook KinderCare is a wonderful place for my son and I. The staff is always friendly and genuinely concerned for our entire family’s well being. I also like the fact that the entire staff knows all the kids in each class room and not just their own. It’s a clean and upbeat environment that my son loves, he’s excited to go to school and be with his friends each day.

- Mother

From Taylor’s days in the infant room to her time in Pre-K this year, I have always felt she was loved by the teachers who took care of her. They have helped her learn, nurtured her creativity, and let her happy little personality develop. Thanks to the wonderful, warm, and friendly staff!

- Mother

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