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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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Special Instructions:
W of 494 at Vicksburg

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Provide transportation to: Kimberly Lane, Plymouth Creek, Greenwood, Basswood, and Birchview Elementary bus picks up at the Center.

It's that time of year to be thankful for what you have and help those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Please bring any donation of a new, unwrapped gift for children ages newborn through teen to your center to be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations accepted anytime before Friday, December 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our center leadership team. Thank you for your donation!

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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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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.

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


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.


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?

Gardening Adventures

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education minor
  • Kristy Leonhardt

    Kristy Leonhardt, Assistant Director

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology
  • Heather Thomas

    Heather Thomas, Assistant Director

    Ms. Heather is one of our Assistant Directors. She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and Business Management from Rasmussen College. She has worked for KinderCare at multiple locations and this location since 2012. She was a lead preschool teacher for many years prior to becoming an Assistant Director. She enjoys building relationships with the children and their families.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Danielle joined our team in November 2015. She works in all of our classrooms as a center support. She is currently getting taking general classes at North Hennepin Community College.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in 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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
  • 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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and minor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Cassandra joined our team in the Summer of 2016 as an Assistant Teacher in our Infant program.  She has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on the Child Development Associate program at Rasmussen College. 

    Ms. Cassandra loves to make each day special for each and every baby.  She does this with the amazing interactions she has with each child in her care all throughout the day.  She takes advantage of every learning opportunity from art projects and group time to daily routine activities such as diapering and eating.  Ms. Cassandra strives to get to know each child individually and help them meet their milestones. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where's Goldie, Little Golden Book
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Currently working on Child Development Associate
  • 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 3 years of experience in the early childhood field and 8 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Over 100 credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Mikayla

    Ms. Mikayla, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mikayla joined our team in January 2015. She has credits in nursing and human services from Hennepin Technical College. She works in our infant room and is currently expecting her first baby in June 2015.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • 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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • 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.  She 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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    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. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Nursing Assistant Credential
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sara joined our program in 2013 as a lead teacher in our Preschool program.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from the University of Minnesota. 

    Ms. Sara is an amazing Preschool 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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development
  • Ms. Kaitlin, Support Staff

    Ms. Kaitlin joined our team in 2016 as a support teacher for our Preschool, PreKindergarten and School Age classrooms.  She is currently going to school at Rasmussen College and working toward an Associate's 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:
    Currently working toward Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Katie joined our team as the Toddler teacher in September of 2015.  She is currently working on her degree from Normandale College. 

    Ms. Katie loves to do science and sensory activities with the children.  The children in her class get to experience new things on a daily basis.  Ms. Katie wants the children in her class to love coming to school and express themselves while learning more about the world around them. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat series
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

After staying home with my children for five years, I was hesitant about enrolling them in full-time child care.  I also had concerns about commercial child care specifically the number of children in the classroom.  I wanted to be sure that my children were in place where the teachers and staff cared about them individually.  KinderCare met and even surpassed these needs.  Kathy, the Director, and Jamie and Heather, the Assistant Directors, are always readily available to answer any questions or concerns that I have about my children's personal and academic growth, as well as their emotional well-being.  I love the fact that I am welcome to visit my children at KinderCare at any time and I know that I am only a phone call away from knowing how my children are doing.  The teachers are always warm and inviting and ask daily how we are all doing.  I highly recommend KinderCare as a home away from home!

- Mother

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.  We have been there over 4 years and when our son did his Pre-K assessment, with the school district, he blew the assessment out of the water…scoring very high!

Our second son is experiencing the same love and care entering the infant room.  As he graduated into infant B, he now runs smiling to his favorite teachers.  He also has a food allergy and the KinderCare staff and food manager have been incredibly supportive.

The friends and care giving that our boys receive at KinderCare has been beyond our expectations!

- Parents

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