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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.


Welcome to Green Meadows KinderCare! We are a Nationally Accredited program through National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. We also maintain a Four Star rating (the highest rating) through the Minnesota Parent Aware Program. We serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance. We are located at 1815 Greenview Pl SW, off of 16th St SW and County 22 / Salem Road, next to Wells Fargo Bank. Our combined years of service total is 98 years, which shows our entire staff has a true passion for teaching. That passion guides our staff to develop the whole child: socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our Early Foundations Curriculum helps prepare your child for success in school and beyond. We believe in making learning fun, respecting children and working in partnership with families to ,  We are looking forward to the new children joining our KinderCare family, the discoveries and learning adventures they will experience in their classroom and the new adventures they will bring to us.

Cheryl Thorson, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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


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.


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.

Teachers & Staff

We have an awesome teaching team who are passionate about educating and nurturing children. We have a variety of educational backgrounds with our teaching team including Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, Bachelors degree in Education, Associate Degree in Child Development, Child Development Degree and Sign Language. Our teaching team continues to develop themselves through our company biannual professional development training days, college courses, child development courses and trainings in the education field. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

  • Cheryl Thorson

    Cheryl Thorson, Center Director

    Children inspire me! They are the shining light of our future. Children have a zest for exploring and learning about their world around them. I enjoy watching all the children learn, grow and develop into amazing and successful young people. My child care journey makes my heart happy to know I have made a positive difference in the lives of so many children and their families.

    Cheryl has been the Center Director here at KinderCare SW since 2008. Cheryl was the Assistant Center Director at KinderCare SW from 1992 to 2008 and Lead Preschool Teacher from 1987 to 2008. She has worked in the Child Care field since 1982. Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early & Exceptional Education from Moorhead State University. Cheryl grew up in northern Minnesota and moved to SE Minnesota in January of 1987. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering at the Rochester Repertory Theatre and other area theatres, attending theatre, reading, movies and walking. Cheryl is happy that her child care journey has made a positive difference in the lives of so many children and their families.

    Previous Experience:
    Cheryl has been the center director for seven years, a assistant director for 16 years and lead teacher for five years at KinderCare Learning Center. She has been in the childcare field since 1982.
    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30+ Years
    Bachelors of Science in Early and Exceptional Education
  • Andrea Parrish

    Andrea Parrish, Assistant Director

    Children just make me happy! I love to see their "aha" moments and know that I was part of that. Each day is always different, special and makes me laugh! What could be more fun!

    Andrea previously worked in child care for 15 years, three years as a flute teacher, 11 years as a lead prekindergarten teacher and in center management since 2013..

    Previous Experience:
    Andrea previously worked in child care for 15 years, three years as a flute teacher, 11 years as a lead prekindergarten teacher and two years in center management.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Bachelors in Secondary Science of Education
  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Infants

    I try to impact self-esteem and a thirst for learning to all children. The joy of the children inspire me to come to work each day.

    Previous Experience:
    6 years as lead teacher for schoolagers, preschoolers and infants
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
  • Ms. Mollie

    Ms. Mollie, Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classroom

    It's exciting for me to know that I am making a difference in a child's life everyday. It's fun to watch them learn and grow throughout their time with us at KinderCare Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mollie's previous experience working at Mayo Backup Care, as a nanny and babysitting through middle and high school.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Toddler/2's Classroom

    Working in the infant classroom is not just a job to me, it's more like having a second family. Each day is a new experience in the infants lives and knowing that I can somehow make an impact on their lives each day is what makes my "job" worth doing. All the smiles, giggles and hugs are another huge bonus as well!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ashley work for eight years at KinderCare Learning Center infant classroom, one and half years at an in-home daycare and 12 plus years of babysitting.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Child Development Classes
  • Ms. Catherine

    Ms. Catherine, Preschool Classroom

    To see each child learn something new each day through social, physical and cognitive education.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Catherine was previously lead preschool teacher, lead toddler teacher and provided in-home childcare.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Associates Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Ladonna

    Ms. Ladonna, Preschool

    Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning. I love being a part of children's lives as they grow and learn.

    Previous Experience:
    2 years in child care
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate of Arts
  • Ms. Allyson

    Ms. Allyson, Infants

    I love that I am able to work with children and help them learn each day.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Marci

    Ms. Marci, School Age Classroom

    It's more like a second family. I really enjoy watching each child learn and grow at their own pace.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Marci spend four years in an elementary setting as a sign language interpreter and one year in the after school program, one year center director position, four years lead teacher position, two and half years float teacher and three years assistant teacher.
    Year Started:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Sign Language Interpreter Diploma
  • Ms. Karyn

    Ms. Karyn, School Age

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Karyn previously worked as a substitute teacher for three years, ten years as a second grade teacher, four years as a math and reading tutor. She also has experience as a toddler teacher for six months and church nursery coordinator for two years.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with emphasis in Math Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Health and Safety

There is a Coded Door to get in the Center and all families us a computer to clock in and out. All staff members are First Aid and CPR certified. The bus drivers have special certification, and the center uses child roster sheets (name/face counts every half hour). There are also separated playgrounds based on age group. The Center is a nut free environment on the Food program with nutritional meals.

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

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!

- Mother

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.

- Mother

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!

- Grandmother/Mother

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".

- 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!

- Mother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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