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14th Street KinderCare

Diane Kohler, Center Director

402 14th St. North West Rochester MN 55901
(507) 282-5676 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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At 14th Street KinderCare our staff is dedicated to the education and the well-being of your children. We have a state of the art curriculum to inspire young minds and the fun of learning is around every corner. Finding the right place along with the right people for your child's education and care is a big decision. We look forward to meeting you and helping to meet all your family's needs.

Welcome

Welcome to 14th Street KinderCare. We are so excited to meet you and are eager to have you and your family become a part of our KinderCare family! We believe in developing the child on a whole, so we place an emphasis on assisting your child’s growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Your child will have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in while also receiving support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for educating and nurturing children.

Diane Kohler, 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

June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

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.

Teachers & Staff

We would like to welcome you to the 14th Street KinderCare Learning Center!  The teachers at the 14th Street KinderCare are passionate about their educating and nurturing children. We believe that being a successful teacher means that we commit through communication with parents, nurturing the whole child, and education. We are a committed staff and our parents take comfort in knowing that their children are here with us! We hope you find our teachers to be some of the most dedicated, caring, and qualified in the industry. We can't wait to me you and your family!

  • Diane Kohler

    Diane Kohler, Center Director

    My memories of my childhood all include being with younger children. From being one of six children to starting to babysit at the age of ten, to being a nanny during my college years; my life experiences always involved my desire to be around younger children. My three children have asked me in the past, "Mom, why didn't you have more children?" I reply, "I did. They are at my KinderCare home." 

    Previous Experience:
    Diane previously was a center director for 10.5 years at another KinderCare Learning Center in Rochester.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Piggies by Audrey and Don Wood

    Year Started:
    2/24/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Amber Hallin

    Amber Hallin, Assistant Director

    A hundred years form now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world my be different because I was important in the life of a child.

    My two daughters are my pride, joy and continue to make my heart dance.  My oldest daughter has begun her journey following in my footsteps by entering the Elementary Education program in Duluth.  My youngest daughter is entering her first year in high school.  People are often surprised to learn that I am an avid bow hunter and truly enjoy fishing.  My true love in life though, is my experience here at KinderCare Learning Center. When a child places their hand in my hand, and smiles up at me, I know that I am creating footsteps for other children to follow in also.

    Previous Experience:
    Amber previously worked as an assistant director at another child care center in Rochester. She also worked at the Rochester Center for Autism and the Autism Center of Minnesota.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    I'll Love you Forever and Guess How Much I Love You

    Year Started:
    8/5/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Child Development
  • Joann

    Joann, Infant Classroom

    My hard working ethic comes from working on a beef and dairy farm in Chatfield. I thought my career was to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but after a few years, learned that I really have the calling to be an Infant Teacher. I enjoy watching these little friends develop and grow into amazing bigger, little people. My family has always been there for me and encouraged me to seek out a position at KinderCare Learning Center. I have been here for over a year and love my babies.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked as a CNA in an assisted living complex.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    8/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Shamso

    Ms. Shamso, Infant Classroom

    What I love most seeing children's smiles everyday.

    Shamso is our assistant teacher in the Infant room. She loves interacting with the children and is watching them grow.

    Year Started:
    2/13/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Bonnie

    Bonnie, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It's always a new experience, a new day, in the life of a child.

    In 2000 Bonnie joined KinderCare team in Orlando, Fl. In October 2014 Bonnie and her husband moved  Rochester, MN and was able to transfer to our center. Bonnie is inspired to know that she can make a difference in the life of a child.

    Previous Experience:
    In-home hild care
    Year Started:
    12/4/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Jenae

    Jenae, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Jenae is from Blue Earth, but calls Rochester her home. She loves spending time with her family which includes two nieces and two nephews. These four little people in her life have directed her to spend more time with children in a learning environment. Jenae looks forward to joining Ms. Bonnie as a Prekindergarten Teacher and another year of learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat in the Hat

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Working on bachelor's degree at WSU
  • Jolene

    Jolene, Preschool Classroom

    My daughter and I joined the KinderCare Learning Center team almost a year ago and we love it here. As a Preschool Teacher, I see each and every day as an opportunity to teach, enhance and make great changes in the children's lives. 

    Previous Experience:
    Jolene comes to us from another child care center in Rochester.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Engine That Could

    Year Started:
    11/17/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Infant Classroom

    What inspires me to come to work is being able to see each child grow and the hugs I get from them.

    Ms. Katelyn is an assistant in our Infant classroom. She enjoys the day to day changes that infants make as they grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katelyn worked as a nanny and has course experience in early childhood education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    7/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Kelli

    Kelli, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Kelli grew up in Spring Grove, MN where she was very active in volleyball and basketball. Kelli is the mom to three beautiful children that keep her busy and her home life adventurous. On weekends, they pack up the family car and head off to go camping. Kelli's children enjoy it when she brings out the guitar and sings with them. Her favorite part of every day is making a positive impact on each of the children that she has in her classroom.  

    Previous Experience:
    Kelli worked at another center in Rochester, before joining our KinderCare team.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    2/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    Kelli has just recently started her early childhood career
    Education:
    Attended Mankato State University and RCTC
  • Jenn

    Jenn, Infant Classroom

    "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there's footprints on the moon.

    Jenn moved to Rochester in 1995, after living on the east coast. She and her husband have three beautiful children that lead her to the decision of opening her own daycare in her home. Jenn was a well loved provider and her families were very sad when she ended her in home childcare service in 2016.  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

    Year Started:
    3/20/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    Jenn has provided care in the early childhood field for over 20 years
    Education:
    Working on her Child Development Certificate
  • Sam D

    Sam D, Preschool Classroom

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    Samantha grew up in the town of Hayfield, MN. After she graduated from high school, she moved to Rochester. Knowing that she needed a job, enjoyed retail and liked being around children, she applied for a job at a store that specializes in children's apparel. While working, Samantha also attended school for surgical tech.  After two years of schooling in that field, she realized that was not the path she wanted to take. She applied here at KinderCare Learning Center and because of her smile, energy and commitment to the children, we hired her. Samantha is currently working towards her Child Development Certificate through Rasmussen College. 

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting since 11 years old
    Favorite Children's Book:

    No David, No!

    Year Started:
    2/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    Samantha began babysitting at the age of 11 years old.
    Education:
    Working on her Child Development Certificate
  • Sam M

    Sam M, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Sam was born and raised in Rochester. She has a beautiful, tiny daughter who is the center of Sam's life. After having her daughter, Sam thought that maybe her calling was to be involved in the early childhood years of other peoples children. She was right on with that thought. Sam came to us, along with her coworker, Kelli, and they are a fabulous team in the Discovery Preschool room. Sam's favorite part of the day is the laughter of the children and the difference that she makes in their day.

    Previous Experience:
    Sam worked at another center in town before joining us at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    3/6/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    Sam has only recently started her journey in the early childhood field.
    Education:
    Will be starting her Child Development Certification this fall.

Upcoming Center Activities

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June's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Wonderful Water and Insects and Spiders

Infants and toddlers will be exploring the wonderful world of water as the children in Discovery Preschool dig into the creepy-crawly world of insects and spiders! Infants will have the chance to practice splashing, scooping, pouring, and playing with bubbles, while toddlers will take a swim on the creative side as they paint with water and create habitats for sea animals. Children in Discovery Preschool will focus on science as they learn about the differences between insects and spiders, how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and how bees pollinate flowers and make honey. Children’s creativity will blossom as they use dried pasta to create butterfly artwork!

Children 4 to 5 years old: Staying Safe and Exploring the Arts

In this modern world, safety is never overrated—and that’s why we take the first half of June to teach children all about how to keep themselves safe in different situations and places. After that, children will delve into the arts as they learn about visual art, musical art, dancing, and acting, and discover the different types of art, music, and dance that exist around the world. Preschoolers will focus on number recognition in order to learn their phone numbers and how to call 911, the Pre-K class will examine how art concepts and techniques are used in famous works of art, and our kindergartners will collaborate on a group project together, such as making first aid kits or choreographing their own dance routine! 

About Our Center

My name is Diane Kohler, and I am the new director here at KinderCare Learning Center NW. The center has taken on a new look and a new feel to it that you will notice right when you walk into our center. The sounds you hear from the classrooms are sounds of learning taking place. Our curriculum is the best and is written by early childhood leaders. The curriculum is taking place all day long, in and out of the classrooms. My goal as the new center director is to create a safe, warm, happy and enriching learning environment.  I am passionate about what I bring to this center and strive daily for our team to be the best early learning center in Rochester. We are this incredible, small, family oriented center that is quickly filling up with fabulous little learners. Come and tour our center to see and feel our changes within. 

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Holiday closings are as follows: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. In addition, we are closed on President's Day and Columbus Day for Professional Development Day.

Health and Safety

Our center features a secure entrance complete with key code entry system. Our staff is CPR, First Aid, Shaken Baby and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) trained and certified. We also have monthly fire, tornado, and emergency drills to ensure our staff and children are prepared.

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.

I have been blessed with finding a caring and special place to enroll both of my children. I have a two-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter. My son has really been enjoying his time with the Toddler class. His teachers have been very patient with him, even with how he has a special talent for getting into trouble. It warms my heart the way his teachers welcome him each morning. I peek in the window of his door and he is almost always playing with one of his teachers and fellow students. My daughter started speech class at one of the neighbor schools, she has been bused back and forth from KinderCare for her twice a week classes. Her teacher and Center Director have been wonderful about working with this. It is so helpful that KinderCare is able to easily go from Infant childcare, all the way up to before and after School Age programs. My children and I love it here!

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