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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.

Located near 494 & Highway 55

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  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC


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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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Niki Witzany

    Niki Witzany, Assistant Director

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

    Niki began her journey with our sister brand Knowledge Beginnings in 2004 as a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher before taking on the role of Assistant Director for KinderCare. In 2013 she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Niki excels at customer service and leadership. She works closely with our teaching staff to ensure excellent programming as well as dedicating herself to ensure quality care for each family. Niki has a passion for early childhood education and looks forward to meeting you and your child.
    Previous Experience:
    Worked for Knowledge Beginnings (a Knowledge Universe Brand) in Woodbury as a prekindergarten teacher for nine years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Like Me" by Nancy Carlson.
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2004
    Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy meeting new families and building relationships with all of my students".

    Ms. Kate joined our team in early 2016 and is attending North Hennepin Community College and is currently working towards a Degree in Child Development. She works closely with Ms. Naheed and Ms. Stephanie to ensure that our youngest students are receiving the best care and education possible. Her best attributes include building relationships with her students and her flexibility in the classroom.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss.
    Year Started:
    Currently attending North Hennepin Community College for a Degree in Child Development
  • 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 has 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Britnee

    Ms. Britnee, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love being a teacher and spending time with my students. It's feels amazing to be able to bea role model to them during such an important part of their lives".

    Ms. Britnee joined our team in early 2016. She has previous experience working with children in a medical setting and have two young children of her own. She enjoys helping her students explore their world by giving them real-life learning opportunities. She enjoys the “messy and loud” projects and says that the children learn best in her classroom by “doing”. Ms. Britnee is very energetic and is passionate about setting her students up for developmental success. Her best attributes include building relationships with her students and their families as well as responding to the unique needs of the children in her care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Nursing Assitance and currently working on Child Development Associate's 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 Associates 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Crystal, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children and families".

    Ms. Crystal joined our family in the spring of 2016. She has a passion for teaching and is dedicated to ensuring that each child’s educational needs are met while in her care. Ms. Crystal is a shy individual, however, her enthusiasm and passion for teaching is evident while implementing activities with her students. She provides our students with many different hands-on learning experiences throughout the day and focuses on each child’s individual developmental needs. Her best attributes include her ability to build relationships with her students and to respond to the unique needs of each child in her care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" by Dr. Seuss.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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:
    36 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1980
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Arlene

    Ms. Arlene, Learning Adventures Instructor

    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. In addition to opening our Preschool classroom, she enjoys supporting our Learning Adventures programs by helping students learn early phonics and math concepts that will support them in their journey into school life. Arlene's best attributes include the ability to run quality enrichment programs and building relationships with her students and their families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Owl Babies" written by Martin Waddell and illistrated by Patrick Benson.
    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1992
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary 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

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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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