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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

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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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Education:
    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:
    8/26/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2004
    Education:
    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:
    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. 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:
    3/5/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Katrina

    Ms. Katrina, Infants

    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 create a loving atmosphere for our infants.

    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:
    2/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1989
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Michelle, Afternoon Infants & Learning Adventures Instructor

    I like teaching because I like to see children learn new things and have fun with new concepts and ideas. I also like being a positive role model for children.

    Michelle joined the KinderCare family in early 2015. She tutors our preschool children in our Learning Adventures programs as well as works with our infant classroom in the afternoons. Michelle spent six years as a home school instructor and another three years working as a preschool teacher in Nebraska. Michelle spends all of her free time with her teenage son. Her best attributes include her ability to build personal relationships with each child and to meet the individual needs of every child she cares for in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as an home school instructor for 6 years as well as worked with preschool for 3 years in Nebraska.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.
    Year Started:
    1/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2006
    Education:
    Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology
  • 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:
    12/3/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2011
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Chrissie

    Ms. Chrissie, Discovery Preschool & 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 conducting monthly disaster drills, completing playground and classroom safety checks and maintains emergency information as the Health & Safety Coordinator. She also works full time in our Discovery Preschool program where she creates a fun and energetic learning evironment for her students. Chrissie excels in creativity and shares a love of literacy in her classroom. She works closely with the Preschool team to ensure successful transitions into the next age group. Her best attributes include an ability to create a warm and welcoming environment as well as supporting a safe environment for all.

    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. 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:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1992
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • 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:
    36 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1980
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kiley, Prekindergarten

    I enjoy being a role model and supporting educational and personal needs to ensure that each child in my care reaches their greatest potential.

    Ms. Kiley joined our KinderCare family in 2015 and has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Physical Education & Special Needs. She has worked in a public school/alternative classroom with high risk teens as well as in a preschool setting in two very well known child care centers in St. Louis Missouri. Kiley works closely with her team to ensure her students meet national guidelines for kindergarten-readiness including executive function skills. Her best attributes include building relationships with families and responding to the unique needs and interests of every child in her classroom.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Has worked in a public school/alternative classroom for high risk students as well as two very well known child care centers in St. Louis Missouri.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Love you Forever" written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw.
    Year Started:
    1/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2000
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Physical Education & Special Needs
  • 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1996
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education

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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.

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

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
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