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Ramsey KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
Near intersection of St. Francis Blvd. (Hwy 47) and Bunker Lake Blvd (HWY 116)

Neighborhood:
Bunker Lake Blvd and St. Francis Blvd.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bus comes to center from Wilson Elem, Center transports to Ramsey Elem

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

Welcome to the 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 from six-weeks old up to 12-years old and also transport those older school-age children to the Ramsey Elementary just down the street.  Our center is a licensed facility that also holds a NAEYC accreditation as well as, receiving 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 that work with the children in their rooms with a cutting-edge curriculum! Our preschool teachers have a combined 28 years’ experience in child care and our primary pre-kindergarten teacher has 36 years’ 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!

Kristine Finco, 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.

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.

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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

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 their 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!

  • Kristine Finco

    Kristine Finco, Center Director

    I am dedicated to bringing quality care to all families that 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 the love for learning. As a KinderCare parent myself I see the importance in making each and every family feel welcome, safe, and special.

    Kristine was a Center Director at the Coon Rapids Blvd location since 2007 and at Ramsey since June 2014.  She first joined the KinderCare family as an Assistant Center Director in 2004.  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.  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
    Year Started:
    7/21/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Amanda Blome

    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.

    Amanda has been working in childcare for the past ten years. She started her career at KinderCare as an Older 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 back 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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Blue Truck
    Year Started:
    5/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree Business Administration and Childcare
  • Ms. Holly

    Ms. Holly, Infants

    She has a varitey of work experiences! One of them being a mother of two children, one daughter and one son. She has been married for 10 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" -Dr.Suess
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    H.S Diploma & CDA
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Toddlers

    She has a two year old daughter that is currently enrolled at the same center! She loves working with children and watching how they grow and develop! She loves watching scary movies and eating sushi.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Giraffes Can't Dance"
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Associates in Human Resource Management
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Transitions

    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.  Many of those years were spend doing her own in home daycare while her children were young and growing up.

    After my kids were grown I made the child care switch to KinderCare, I started my journey at the Coon Rapids location and transfered here to Ramsey in November 2014.

    I love working with very young children and have been in the Toddler/Transition room since I began working at KinderCare 8 years ago. 

    My husband Darin and I have been married for 26 years and have 4 children.  We love to spend  time together watching movies, playing games and traveling :)

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr.Suess!
    Year Started:
    1/8/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Human Services Anoka Tech.
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Pre-K

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

    I have worked for Kindercare since 1997.  I am married and have 2 wonderful boys that both grew up here at KinderCare.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, sewing and spending time with my friends and family.  The highlight of my preschool day is recieving a hug from each child :)

    Favorite Children's Book:
    All Robert Munch Books!
    Year Started:
    9/26/1997
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Education:
    Gustavus Adolphus College, Elementary Ed. degree
  • Ms. Kathy

    Ms. Kathy, Pre-K

    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
  • Ms. Myndy

    Ms. Myndy, Pre-K/Learning Adventures

    I have been working at KinderCare since 1999.  I am the lead Learning Adventures teacher and also float around in Pre-K and Pre-School.  I enjoy the older age groups and love interacting with all of the children and helping them learn.

    I have raised 3 wonderful children who are 26, 28 & 30 years old and currently live in Blaine, MN with my husband Rick and my sweet dog Molly.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon!"
    Year Started:
    11/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21+
    Education:
    University of Iowa- BGS 1976

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

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving and the Day after, Christmas Day

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 security locked from the inside with only keypad access at the front door and 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, and 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 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. From infancy to school age this is the best place for your child to learn and grow.

- Mother

Our daughter started in the Infant room at 12 weeks old and is now in the Pre-school room at 3 years old. We love KinderCare’s Staff as 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 3.

- Parent

We have really felt blessed to be able to bring our daughter to KinderCare. She started when she was less than nine weeks old and I remember feeling so nervous. That feeling immediately disappeared with 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 room today I noticed a lot of great things. First, there was a strong sense of routine with the Toddlers. Ms. Kari and Ms. Christine seem to have a nice flow going with activities. 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 that 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 Harper was her "shoe helper" and Harper 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 (what with kids ripping things down and eating it and so on) but, there were many examples of additional new things. I love that there was a shape matching game that the kids could use.  Sorry for the novel. I was just really impressed and wanted to share. Also, just a general thank you to all of you for helping raise my kids. In an environment where it's easy to nit pick 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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