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Rockford KinderCare

Caron Ihde, Center Director

15755 Rockford Rd. Plymouth MN 55446
(763) 694-0769 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Provide transportation to: Kimberly Lane, Plymouth Creek, Greenwood, Basswood, and Birchview Elementary bus picks up at the Center.

Our child care center proudly serves children in the Wayzata and Maple Grove school districts. We are located in West Plymouth at the corner of Vicksburg Lane and Rockford Road. We have nine enriched classrooms and three large outdoor grass play areas. Come see why our center continues to serve families that love our center!

Welcome

Welcome to Rockford KinderCare in Plymouth serving families in the Wayzata school district! Our educated and experienced teaching staff are passionate about providing the best learning environment for children six weeks up to 12 years old. We provide children with an enriched learning environment, as well as both teacher directed and child directed activities to give your child with a well-rounded educational experience. Our center adheres to the highest standards of childcare centers, as we have the highest certification for MN Parent Aware and we are also NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited. As the Center Director, I am committed to maintaining exceptional teaching standards and quality care in our school. We are excited to show you all of the wonderful things we do at our school to educate and care for young children. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our KinderCare family!

Caron Ihde, 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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

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Teachers & Staff

The teachers at Rockford KinderCare are passionate about teaching young children and value the impact they have on each child's life. Our educated and tenured team of 25 teachers is committed to providing a great experience for every child and appreciate each child's individual needs and abilities. Each day we create new learning opportunities with the children and we take pride in experiencing all the milestones along the way.

  • Caron Ihde

    Caron Ihde, Center Director

    I am excited to share with you all of the wonderful things our program has to offer your family! I am dedicated to providing the best possible environment for your child to learn and grow.

    Caron has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years as both a Preschool Teacher and Center Director at a variety of programs. She started with KinderCare in 2004 as a Center Director and in August of 2016  joined the team at the Rockford Road KinderCare. Caron has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.

    Caron's passion for high-quality learning environments for young children is evident each day throughout the center. She strives for consistently strong communication with families and builds partnerships with them to best meet the needs of their children.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

    Year Started:
    2/2/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education minor
  • Kristy Leonhardt

    Kristy Leonhardt, Assistant Director

    Kristy started working for KinderCare in 2004 as the Prekindergarten teacher at the center. After teaching for ten years, Kristy joined the management team as an Assistant Director. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology with Child and Youth Care emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse.  

    Kristy loves that her position allows her to work with all of the children and families in the center. She strives to provide a fun and engaging learning environment for all of the children enrolled with us while making sure each child is prepared for future school success.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    8/12/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Sarah Johnson

    Sarah Johnson, Curriculum Specialist

    Sarah has been working for KinderCare since 2013 as an Infant and Toddler Teacher for the first three years of her career. She joined our team at the Rockford Road KinderCare in January of 2017 as our Curriculum Specialist and Learning Adventures teacher. In this role, Sarah supports the teaching staff with curriculum implementation and also teaches our extra-curricular Phonics and Math classes. She is passionate about the curriculum we provide in our program and builds amazing relationships with the families and staff. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and also has previous experience as a paraprofessional in a school district working with children who have special needs.  

    Year Started:
    3/11/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Infant Classroom

    I spend time getting to know each child's individual needs and strive to answer all of the questions new parents may have.

    Ms. Andrea has been with our team since August of 2013 and is the Lead Teacher of our younger Infant Classroom.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of North Dakota.  Andrea loves to help the babies accomplish new growth milestones in her classroom.  Her goal with the children in her classroom is to help the children become curious learners by offering them new experiences and activities each day. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Andrea has been a substitute teacher in the Chaska school district. She previously worked for KinderCare from 2002-2004 and returned to our company in 2013. Andrea also has previous experience with another early childhood company as both a teacher and a manager.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    8/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Brenda

    Ms. Brenda, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Brenda joined our KinderCare team in 2000. During the school year Ms. Brenda is a Special Ed. Paraprofessional for the school district and works for us part-time in the infant room. She work for us full time during the summer months. She enjoys getting to know the children and their unique personalities, discovering how they learn best and encouraging them to grow and develop.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Brea

    Ms. Brea, Infant Classroom

    I strive to give each child a healthy and fun learning experience each day.

    Ms. Brea joined our KinderCare team in 1998. Every morning she greets children and their families with a smile.  Brea loves to be interacting with the children by holding them and playing with them.  Her kind hearted personality can be felt by all of the children and families in our infant program. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Jungle Book
    Year Started:
    5/18/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melissa joined our team in the Summer of 2016 as our lead teacher in the Infant B classroom. She has three years of experience in the early childhood field and eight years of experience with children's programming. Melissa attended Minnesota State University in Mankato and has completed over 100 credits in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Melissa loves to do activities with the babies that are hands-on experiences. Her favorite activities to do are messy sensory and art projects. Melissa strives to provide unique experiences for every child in her room beginning with the time and attention she loves to share with them!

    Favorite Children's Book:

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

    Year Started:
    7/25/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Over 100 credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mikayla

    Ms. Mikayla, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mikayla joined our team in January 2015 as an Assistant Teacher in our Infant program. Mikayla's warm and loving personality is felt by all children and families in our Infant classrooms.  She also loves helping to implement all of the curriculum activities to help each baby reach their next milestone. Mikayla is currently enrolled in the Child Development program at Rasmussen College to become a lead teacher.  

    Year Started:
    1/19/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in Child Development program at Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Katie joined our team as the Toddler teacher in September of 2015.  She is currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education at Normandale Community College.
    Katie is passionate about providing hands-on learning experiences for the Toddlers. Her favorite activities to do with the children are fun and creative art activities as well as science and sensory activities. With this passion for teaching, the children in her class get to experience and learn new things each and every day. Katie strives to provide an environment where the children in her class will love coming to school and expressing themselves while learning more about the world around them. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat series
    Year Started:
    9/23/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Normandale Community College
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Danielle joined our team in November 2014. As the Lead Teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom, Danielle loves to plan hands-on, engaging activities for the busy two-year-olds. She works hard at helping the children learn a structured routine, potty train, communicate effectively, and learn through play and exploration. Danielle is a passionate and energetic teacher who strives to provide meaningful communication each day with every family.   

    Year Started:
    11/17/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in the Child Development program at Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Kaitlin

    Ms. Kaitlin, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kaitlin joined our team in 2016 as a support teacher for our center and has now become a lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool program.  She is currently going to school at Rasmussen College and working toward an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Kaitlin loves to play games with the children and encourage the children in their pretend and imaginative play. She hopes to help each child learn and grow so they can be the best version of themselves in the future. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

    Year Started:
    2/15/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Currently working toward Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kayla joined our program as a Preschool teacher in December of 2014.  She has a degree in vocal music from the University of Minnesota-Morris and is currently working on a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Rasmussen College. Ms. Kayla's classroom is a positive learning environment where she finds that special quality in each individual child. Her love of music, drama and art provides creative, engaging experiences for the children in her classroom. Kayla hopes for all children to build life skills in her class to help them succeed in all of their future goals. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    12/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Degree in Vocal Music and currently working on Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Maria joined our team in 2014 as an Assistant Teacher in our Preschool program. She loves to work on writing skills and do art projects with the children. Ms. Maria is an extremely passionate teacher who works hard to have special interactions with each child every day. She hopes to help all children in her class to grow into confident adults. Maria is currently enrolled in the Child Development program at Rasmussen College to become a lead teacher. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    9/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in Child Development program at Rasmussen College
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sara joined our program in 2013 as a lead teacher in our Preschool program and moved to our Prekindergarten program in the fall of 2016. She has a bachelor of science degree in Child Development from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Sara is an amazing Prekindergarten teacher who creates positive relationships with the children and families in her classroom and throughout our entire school. She strives to have her classroom be a community that helps and encourages each other to learn and grow. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

    Year Started:
    4/17/2013
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Patty

    Ms. Patty, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Patty joined our program in 2000 as a Preschool teacher and is now teaching in our PreKindergarten program.  She has a Child Development Associate Credential. 

    Ms. Patty's class is full of exciting learning opportunities for children who are getting ready for Kindergarten!  She loves to help the children in her class accomplish their goals and loves to see their reactions to those successes.  Ms. Patty's classroom is warm and engaging where all children are fully supported to achieve their potential. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Sun, Hello Moon by Karen Viola
    Year Started:
    9/11/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential

Upcoming Center Activities

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

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

The health and safety of our children is a top priority at our center. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. We promote safe sleep standards and have a least restrictive environment in our infant classrooms. We also accomodate children with food allergies and special dietary needs. 

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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We toured many daycare facilities before landing at KinderCare on Rockford Road in Plymouth.  What impressed us initially was the large outdoor play area that was not next to a busy street, the classrooms were all bright, and the teachers were all engaged with the children.  It seemed like a cheerful place to play, learn, and be cared for.  

When our first son started in the infant room the teachers embraced him like he was their own and gave him plenty of love and attention (as well as us!).  We felt like he was in a safe place and was getting the socialization and attention that he deserved.  As he graduated into the other classrooms, each room had a new curriculum and new teachers that he fell in love with.  When he did has Pre K assessment with the school district, he blew the assessment out of the water!  

Our second son is experiencing the same love, care and learning growth.  He's had a few health issues that have required a little extra attention and KinderCare staff have been incredibly supportive.  He also participates in their phonics program and is thriving.  

Both of our kids participate in the KC summer camp and they love the outdoor activities and field trips that the center provides/brings them too.  They absolutely love the friends they've made.  The love and care giving that our boys receive at KinderCare has been beyond our expectations!

- Parents of a Prekindergarten student and a School Age student

My two boys have been attending KinderCare for a few years now and it would be hard to imagine sending them anywhere else.  My husband and I don't view KinderCare as just a daycare center; it's a second family and a place where our children are learning and growing five days a week.  The investment we're making at KinderCare takes the worry of "will my child be ready for Kindergarten?" out of the equation, which to us is invaluable.  If you're looking for a place where your child will be safe, loved and well educated, I would absolutely recommend Rockford Road KinderCare. 

- Mom to Prekindergarten student & Discovery Preschool student

We could not be more impressed with the progress that our daughter has made since starting at KinderCare. She loves going to school every day and asks to go back to school before we are even out of the parking lot, which is a testament to how much she enjoys being there. Trusting someone to be with your child when you are not there is a very hard thing to do, however with KinderCare we are at complete ease and know that she is in the best care with the best teachers around. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experiences so far!

- Mom of Preschool student and a baby on the way!

Our daughter loves KinderCare. She knows all of her teachers' names and calls them her friends. More important, she comes home and tells us about all of the things she's learning about, from emotions to dinosaurs. We believe her daily interaction with other children has made her more social too. Those are experiences she wouldn't get if she weren't enrolled at KinderCare.  

- Parents of Discovery Preschool student
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