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Green Meadows KinderCare

Cheryl Thorson, Center Director

1815 Greenview Pl. SW Rochester MN 55902
(507) 287-0747 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bamber Valley, Harriett Bishop, Sunset Terrace, Folwell, Riverside, Ben Franklin, Pinewood, Lincoln, Longfellow, any "CHOICE" curriculum schools, willing to look at adding schools.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

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.

SCHOOL-READY

What Learning Looks Like

Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.

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

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.

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.

Our Teachers

We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.

Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!

A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH

An Artist's Heart

"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.

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We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.

Our Families

Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!

  • To All KinderCare Staff,
    Thank you for being so awesome and welcoming to Jaden! He has truly enjoyed coming here! I think you are all so amazing and have helped Jaden grow!

    Betty - KinderCare Parent
  • I have been coming to KinderCare since 2008 and I will continue to bring my children to KinderCare until they are too old to attend because I love the staff! They are so friendly and treat my children like their own, and I really appreciate that. Knowing that my children are in good hands when they are at KinderCare puts my mind at ease. I absolutely love KinderCare.

    Janet C. - KinderCare Parent
  • About four years ago, family circumstances caused me to take immediate custody of my four grandchildren and, because I also had a career, I needed to find a caring and reliable learning center that would have four openings at the last minute. KinderCare Green Meadows did and Cheryl Thorson, the Center Director, understood our circumstances. She not only made the children feel welcome, but worked with me, as a team, to ensure their emotional needs were met as we transitioned through the family changes and ultimately, through my adopting them two years ago. They still attend KinderCare Green Meadows every day. I am thankful to Cheryl and the entire staff for the excellent care and continued support they give our entire family. They are truly the best!

    Janet S. - KinderCare Parent
  • My spouse and I trust the two very most important people in our lives to KinderCare, and we've never had a moment where we felt that that this trust was misplaced. Cheryl and her team use compassion and caring to provide a safe, structured, and educational environment that we believe have assisted our children in becoming better prepared for school, making friends, and better able to negotiate the every day struggles that come from being "little people".

    Chrispen B. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son started as an infant at KinderCare. I had only visited one other center before choosing KinderCare. My family has had some history with the same center my son goes to. I myself, went there as a toddler and have some of my first memories there. So the center had some sentimental value to us from the beginning. The teachers and director, who was actually teaching when I was a toddler there, made the rest easy. Even going as an infant, I got to know all the other teachers through passing by or greetings and goodbyes. My son has thrived and is surrounded by positive teachers with great interactions and curriculum. The transition from infant to toddler was very smooth and easy. We would start by going to say goodbye when we left the infant room each day, to the point where he didn't want to leave the toddler room when we did really have to leave for the day. All of the staff members are so friendly and nice. The center feels like a home daycare to us, not so much a "center." I would recommend KinderCare to any family or close friends that are looking for daycare. They have become part of my family!

    Megan P. - KinderCare Parent

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Who Are KinderCare Families?

They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.

Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.

A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A

Home in Houston

Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.

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