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Fernbrook KinderCare

Cori Warnke, 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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Special Instructions:
On corner of Fernbrook and Harbor Lane.

Neighborhood:
Located near 494 & Highway 55

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Non-applicable

Fernbrook KinderCare is opening a NEW Discovery Preschool Program beginning September 2015. Contact us today for more details!

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Welcome

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.

Cori Warnke, 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.

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.

  • Cori Warnke

    Cori Warnke, 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.

    Cori has been a Center Director since 2011 and has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2001. She has had many roles within the company including teacher's aid, teacher and Assistant Director. Cori works closely with her team to ensure a warm and welcoming learning environment and a high quality educational experience for each of her students. Her best attributes include customer service, building relationships with all children and families and partnering with families to support their needs. She is very excited to work with you and your child as well as partner with you to create the best experience for your family.

    Previous Experience:
    Cori has been a teachers aide, teacher, and Assistant Director prior to becoming a Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Day that Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash", written by Trinka Hakes Noble and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.
    Year Started:
    9/26/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Kristina Johnson

    Kristina Johnson, Assistant Director

    I love making a difference in the life of a child.

    Ms. Kristina has been with KinderCare since 2002. In that time she has had many different roles including teacher and center management. She has been working in childcare since 1994 and has an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen. Ms. Kristina's roles include but are not limited to supporting Ms. Cori with daily operations, the teaching staff with curriculum and programming, and parents and children to ensure a quality educational foundation.  Ms. Kristina's best attributes include building meaningful relationships with children and families and supporting a warm and welcoming environment for your family.

    Previous Experience:
    Kristina has had many different roles since joining the KinderCare Family. She has been a teacher, Assistant and Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever" written by Robert Munsch and illistrated by Sheila McGraw.
    Year Started:
    7/31/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1994
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    8/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Physics and a Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Nancy

    Ms. Nancy, Infant Classroom Substitute

    I enjoy seeing their loving faces each and every day.

    Ms. Nancy has been with KinderCare since 2005 and has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting from the University of Minnesota. Working with children is a passion for Nancy and she enjoys supporting individual development needs. Nancy builds lasting partnerships with our families to set each child up for success while in our program. She has two grown children and her best attributes include meeting the unique needs of every child as well as her ability to give every child the love and attention that they deserve.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Nancy was a full time nanny and stay at home mom for 18 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Five Minutes' Peace" written and illustrated by Jill Murphy.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2005
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1988
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddlers

    I enjoy working with toddlers because they are ALWAYS learning new things.

    Ms. Ashley has been with KinderCare since 2013 and is working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education. She is dedicated to setting each toddler up for success by partnering with families to individualize each child's learning. Ms. Ashley focuses on self-help skills and manners while introducing new and exciting language, math and science concepts into the classroom. Her best attributes include communication and building long-lasting relationships with her students and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley worked as a teacher's aid for a small family owned daycare center in her hometown.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.
    Year Started:
    6/7/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2012
    Education:
    Currently working towards Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education
  • Ms. Alexa

    Ms. Alexa, Toddlers

    I know I've done a good job when the children are happy and having fun.

    Ms. Alexa has been with KinderCare since 2013 and is currently working towards a Child Development Associates Credential with a focus on infants and toddlers. She enjoys working on large group projects such as morning and afternoon group times. Ms. Alexa feels that being a kid at heart helps her provide a loving, energetic and creative learning environment for her students. Her best attributes include her ability to turn daily experience into teachable moments for her students as well as build lasting relationships with her families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are" written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
    Year Started:
    12/3/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Education:
    Working towards Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Arlene

    Ms. Arlene, Preschool Classroom

    Working at KinderCare for all of these years has been a great experience. Children are like stars; they have a unique sparkle.

    Ms. Arlyn has been with KinderCare since 1992 and has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Saint Vincent's College. Ms. Arlyn's patience and sense of humor supports a fun and exciting learning environment that includes a large range of learning activities. Arlene's best attributes include the ability to run a high quality program while focusing on children's primary and developmental needs.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Owl Babies" written by Martin Waddell and illistrated by Patrick Benson.
    Year Started:
    10/1/1992
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1992
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Preschool

    It's all about the 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 Associates Credential. She is very educationally driven and believes that every child deserves to have a high quality educational experience. Ms. Katrina focuses on the continued development of self-help skills as well as early math, writing and science concepts. She works closely with our Prekindergarten team to ensure that all students are developmentally ready before moving to the next level of learning.

    Previous Experience:
    Has long term child care center and preschool 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:
    2/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Education:
    Child Development Associates 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:
    1/1/1980
    Tenure:
    35 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1980
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Prekindergarten

    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 and writing as well as science. Ms. Stephanie works closely with her team to ensure her students meet national guidelines for kindergarten-readiness including executive function skills. Her best attributes include her ability to build strong bonds with her families and create an engaging learning environment for her 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:
    3/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Fay

    Ms. Fay, Multi-Age Specialist

    I love getting to know all of the kids. Each child is so different from the next.

    Ms. Fay has been with KinderCare since 2015 and has a Child Development Associates Credential. She enjoys being able to support all of the classrooms and work with all ages. Ms. Fay works closely with the other team members to ensure that each child is set up for personal and educational success. Her best attributes include her ability to work well with all age groups and her passion to ensure that all children feel nurtured and valued while in our care.

    Previous Experience:
    Has operated her own in-home daycare for five years prior to working with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess Books
    Year Started:
    2/23/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2010
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • 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:
    9/7/2008
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1996
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Chrissie

    Ms. Chrissie, Multi-Age Specialist, Learning Adventures Instructo and Health & Safety Coordinator

    I get excited knowing that what I'm teaching the children will help them be successful in life.

    Ms. Chrissie has been with KinderCare since 2013 and have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate's Degree in Child Development. Chrissie's responsibilities include tutoring students in our Learning Adventures programs and conducting monthly disaster drills, completing playground and classroom safety checks and maintains emergency information as the Health & Safety Coordinator. She also supports our school using the ability to work with all ages.

    Previous Experience:
    Has child care center experience prior to working with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    5/6/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2004
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Center Chef

    I like to watch the children grow and learn. I also really enjoy the different personalities and the funny things they say.

    Ms. Cassie has been with KinderCare since 2005 and has an Associate's Degree in Applied Visual Arts as well as a Certificate in Health Care Coordination. Ms. Cassie has held a number of positions at KinderCare and currently supervises and implements our federal food program. She is dedicated to enriching the children's lives with nutritional foods and supporting nutritional education. Ms. Cassie is also teacher qualified through related Early Childhood Education coursework and experience.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones books written by Barbara Park.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2005
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Applied Science with a focus in Applied Visual Arts & a Certificate in Health Care Coordination

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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
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