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Ramsey KinderCare

Ms. Kristine Finco, Center Director

14100 St Francis Blvd. Ramsey MN 55303
(763) 576-9586 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Welcome

Welcome to the Ramsey KinderCare in Ramsey, Minnesota. We've been ensuring children get the best possible jump-start on their education for the past 20 years! We serve children from six weeks old up to 12 years old and also transport those older school-age children to Ramsey Elementary just down the street. Our center is a licensed facility that also holds NAEYC accreditation, as well as the highest possible 4-star rating from Parent Aware, and strives to achieve the pinnacle in all we do. We have several long-time staff in our building who work with the children in their rooms with a cutting-edge curriculum! Our Preschool Teachers have a combined 28 years of experience in child care and our primary Prekindergarten Teacher has 36 years of experience! We have multiple lead teachers in each of our classrooms to ensure your child receives the best education possible. We also partner with NACCRRA, an organization that helps us to serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance. We'd love the chance to show you around and let you experience the Ramsey difference. You won't be disappointed! See you soon!

Ms. Kristine Finco, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

November's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Foods and Flavors
This month infants, toddlers, and the little ones in Discovery Preschool will be exploring foods and flavors! It’s never too early to expose children to healthy food—even babies who aren’t eating solids yet. All children will explore, read about, play with, and create around different foods, but each age group will have a different focus. Infants will practice sensory exploration and create their own pretend soup, toddlers will count and measure food items, and the children in Discovery Preschool will learn about the different food groups—including a pretend farmers market. 

Children 4–5 years old: Farms and Community
The older children will focus on learning first about farms, and then their community! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities for children. Children will learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown. They’ll also focus on their own communities and learn all about the different kinds of places that exist, the people who live there, and the jobs that those people do.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Ramsey KinderCare welcomes you and your family! Here we know every child learns differently from the next and we embrace every child’s unique differences! Our teachers make sure that every child is ready to start an educational journey by using our awesome curriculum and encouraging children to use their imagination during play. We’d love you to join our family and welcome you to meet our amazing teachers!

  • Ms. Kristine Finco

    Ms. Kristine Finco, Center Director

    I am dedicated to bringing quality care to all families who join our home away from home. It is inspiring to be such a big part of all these children's lives and to know that we are instilling in them a love for learning. As a KinderCare parent myself, I see the importance in making each and every family feel welcome, safe, and special.

    Ms. Kristine was a Center Director at the Coon Rapids Blvd location starting in 2007 until she became Director at Ramsey in June 2014. She first joined the KinderCare family as an Assistant Center Director in 2004. Ms. Kristine received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin at Superior. She loves that every day she welcomes families into her center knowing they are receiving the quality care all children deserve. Ms. Kristine's down time is spent with her husband and two young children making lasting family memories.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

    Year Started:
    7/21/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amanda Blome

    Ms. Amanda Blome, Assistant Director

    I enjoy coming to work each day and witnessing all of the great things that go on at KinderCare. Seeing all of the children learn and grow each day is so rewarding. As a parent of an infant, I can say from experience that our teachers and our programming are exceptional, and I am honored to be a part of this team.

    Ms. Amanda has been working in child care for the past ten years. She started her career at KinderCare as a Toddler Teacher for two-and-a-half years. She then moved on and worked as a nanny for three years and just recently ran her own in-home daycare for three years. She decided to return to KinderCare in a management position as an Assistant Center Director to do what she loves best: be a part of the action amongst all age groups, as well as working to create a relationship with each family. Currently, she is a full-time mom and wife who spends all of her free time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Amanda has been a Toddler Teacher, nanny, and ran her own in-home daycare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

    Year Started:
    5/27/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Business Administration and Child Care
  • Ms. Mary Bellows

    Ms. Mary Bellows, Acting Assistant Director

  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Holly has a variety of work experiences, including being a mother of two children: one daughter and one son. She has been married for ten years to her wonderful husband and plans on many more years together. She has been working at KinderCare since August of 2015!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching the children explore new things all of the time and the excitement they get from it!

    Ms. Jamie has worked in child care since 1987 after finishing her program in human services at Anoka Technical College. Many of those years were spent running her own in-home daycare while her children were young and growing up. After her kids were grown, Ms. Jamie made the child care switch to KinderCare, starting her journey at the Coon Rapids location and transferring to Ramsey in November 2014. She loves working with very young children and has been in the Toddler Classroom since she began working at KinderCare eight years ago. Ms. Jamie and her husband Darin have been married for 26 years and have four children. They love to spend time together watching movies, playing games, and traveling. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    1/8/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Degree in Human Services
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Toddler Classroom

    I love watching my toddlers absorb everything they see and hear. They're always fascinated!

    Ms. Katelyn, in addition to being a full-time KinderCare employee, is also a college student and full-time to mom to an awesome three-year-old named Avery.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Human Resource Management
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love the smiles and hugs from the kids each day!

    Ms. Sara has worked for KinderCare since 1997. She is married and has two wonderful boys who both grew up here at KinderCare. In her spare time, Ms. Sara enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with friends and family. The highlight of her day is receiving a hug from each child. She earned her degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    All Robert Munsch books

    Year Started:
    9/26/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
    Education:
    Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Myndy

    Ms. Myndy, Prekindergarten / Learning Adventures Classrooms

    Ms. Myndy has been working at KinderCare since 1999. She is the lead Learning Adventures Teacher and also floats around in Pre-K and Preschool. She enjoys the older age groups and loves interacting with all of the children and helping them learn. Ms. Myndy has raised three wonderful children who are 26, 28, and 30 years old and currently lives in Blaine with her husband Rick and their sweet dog Molly. She earned her degree from the University of Iowa.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Year Started:
    11/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21+
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in General Studies
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kathy has been our lead Pre-K Teacher for 37 years and loves getting all of her kiddos ready for kindergarten.

    Year Started:
    8/14/1978
    Tenure:
    38 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our company, as well as our center, prides itself on having a safe environment for your children. We provide annual trainings for our staff in a variety of current safety protocols to ensure everyone is as up to date as possible. Each of our teachers are certified in CPR and First Aid, and our building is locked from the inside with only keypad access at the front door, monitored 24 hours a day. Ensuring the safety of your children is our first priority, and we take it very seriously.

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.

This is the first time I have ever put any of my children in any kind of daycare center. My son started at KinderCare when he was just two and a half years old. He was used to being at home with his mom and family and really never was around kids his age. Needless to say, when we started it was a tough road. He went three days a week and each day was a struggle, not only for him but for me as well. After a few months, his schedule changed to two days a week and he was no better. I knew he was getting love and attention and eventually he would learn to love it, but it was not easy. After about four months, we decided to move him up to full-time care. It was the best decision we ever could have made. We would all love to stay home with our children until they are ready to go to school, but if you need an alternative, KinderCare is the best option. Once my son started going five days a week, things started to get better. He started walking into school by himself, he wanted to open the doors, etc. He even came home singing songs. He had all kinds of wonderful artwork and most of all, he had wonderful stories of all the fun he had with his friends and teachers. We aren't the typical family, as it took almost nine months for our full transition, but now, after the time that has passed, I am so glad we stuck with the program. The Center Director is so kind and genuinely concerned not only about my child, but about how I was doing, too. Not only that, but she would routinely check in with me during the day and send me pictures! It was so nice to see my son smiling and having fun. Seeing photos of the staff holding and playing with him really helped to get me through the day. I am so thankful for Ramsey KinderCare and their staff. This has been the most incredible experience ever! If you are looking for a wonderful, loving, kind, structured, and kid-focused program for your child, this is the place to be.

- Mother

Our daughter started in the Infant Classroom at 12 weeks old and is now in the Preschool Classroom at three years old. We love Ramsey KinderCare’s staff because they feel like an extended family. We believe KinderCare is a safe and secure environment for our daughter. We also enjoy having flexible scheduling and open and honest communication. We feel that our daughter has learned so much at the age of three.

- Parent

We have really felt blessed to be able to bring our daughter to Ramsey KinderCare. She started when she was less than nine weeks old, and I remember feeling so nervous. That feeling immediately disappeared after seeing how safe she was there. We would receive numerous pictures, which really helped to know she was doing great. We felt trust with the teachers instantly. It has been a great home away from home for our little daughter. She will soon be transitioning into the Toddler Classroom and I know she will do great. We will miss the Infant Teachers, but we also know that she will be in contact with them while she moves into her new room. We treasure KinderCare as she has learned so much and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you, teachers, for everything you do! We feel so fortunate to have you in our daughter's life!

- Parents

While I was in the Toddler Classroom at Ramsey KinderCare today, I noticed a lot of great things. First, there was a strong sense of routine with the toddlers. This was also apparent with transitions. Some awesome things that they are doing is getting the kiddos in snow pants and boots before group time so that they can easily transition to outside after group. Also, I loved that Ms. Christine occupied the kids who took off outside gear with bubbles as they transitioned inside. Second, I noticed a strong sense of relationship building. For instance, Ms. Kari said that a girl was her "shoe helper" and the girl responded by proudly putting shoes away in the closet. You could tell that the teachers really knew the kids and used positivity to promote good behavior. Finally, there were a lot of enhancements on the walls and on shelves. I know that this classroom can be particularly difficult to enhance, but there were many examples of additional new things. I love that there was a shape matching game that the kids could use. Also, just a general thank you to all of the staff for helping raise my kids. In an environment where it's easy to nit-pick about the things that aren't working (I'm totally at fault on this one), I can easily say that my kids would not be the people they are without the Ramsey KinderCare staff. You are all truly to thank.

- Mother
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