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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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Special Instructions:
Corner of 3rd Ave. NW and 14th St. NW 2 blocks west off Broadway

We are currently enrolling Infants, toddlers and two year olds. 
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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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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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 include being with younger children.  From being one of six children to starting to babysit at the age of 10, 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:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29 Years
    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 highschool.  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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Associates Degree in Child Development
  • Joann

    Joann, Infants

    The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

    My hard working ethic comes from working on a beef and dairy farm in Chatfield.  I thought my career was to be a 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 Will Go
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Shamso

    Ms. Shamso, Infants

    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 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
  • Bonnie

    Bonnie, Pre-K

    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 Childcare
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Jenae

    Jenae, Prekindergarten

    Today you are you; that is truer than true!  There's no one alive that is you'er then you!
    Dr. Suess

    Jenae is from Blue Earth, but calls Rochester her home.  Her loves spending time with her family which includes 2 neices and 2 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 Pre-K teacher and another year of learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat In The Hat
    Year Started:
    Working on BSN at WSU
  • Jolene

    Jolene, Preschool II

    Be the change you want to see in the world

    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 everyday as an opportunity to teach, enhance and make great changes in the children's lifes. 

    Previous Experience:
    Jolene comes to us from another child care center in Rochester.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Engine that Could
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Anamarie

    Anamarie, Toddlers

    Don't forget to smile

    When I was young, I always played "school" with my little brother and friends.  Younger children have always had a soft spot in my heart and since I started working here at KinderCare Learning Center, that soft spot has grown immensely.  I am currently working toward my Associated in Science while I continue my journey as a toddler teacher here in the toddler room.  I am very excited to say that I just completed my first year at KinderCare and have enjoyed every minute of it.

    Previous Experience:
    Ana was a nanny for many different families in the past. Her experience as a nanny involved working with many different age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Caitlyn

    Caitlyn, Toddlers

    If you stumble, make it a part of the dance

    My passion for working with younger children is as great as my passion for dogs.  Anyone that knows me well, knows this is a huge statement that is evident of my true enjoyment with toddler aged children.    I look forward to coming to work and seeing the cute little smiles and voices of my little friends that say, "Good morning, Miss Cait!"  It makes the world a better place when there are that many smiles in it.

    Previous Experience:
    Throughout all of Caitlyn's younger years, she was a huge help at her grandmother's in home child care. Caitlyn was a teacher's aide in the toddler room at a local preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Old McDonald Had a Dragon
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working on her CDA
  • Ms. Kelsi

    Ms. Kelsi, Toddlers

    A teacher's job is not only to educate kids in book and school skills, but also to guide children towards finding their own beat and reaching their potential.

    Kelsi is our lead teacher in our toddler room. she has been with us since November of 2014. Kelsi is inspired by the laughter, smiles and proud looks of the accomplishments of the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Activities Director of Kids Quest
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedelia
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies and General Music
  • Ms. Katelyn

    Ms. Katelyn, Infants

    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Darla

    Ms. Darla, Preschool Float

    I love having the opportunity to help build a child's educational foundation because they are our future citizens.

    Darla started with us in the infant classroom as an assissant teacher. Currently, she works in the preschool programs in the afternoons as a float teacher. Darla loves the joy of providing a fun, safe, learning environment for her students. She also loves having a great team to work with.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Darla has five years as a nursery attendant where she worked with children from infancy to four years in age at her church.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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!

- Mother

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