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Rochester KinderCare

Ms. Kari P, Center Director

2460 Clare Lane NE Rochester MN 55906
(507) 529-8034 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Churchill, Jefferson, Riverside, Washington, Longfellow, Ben Franklin Montessorie, St. Francis,

At Clare Lane 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.

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Welcome to KinderCare Learning Center North East. We are honored to meet you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with the goal to strengthen their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Our center philosophy is to keep your child safe while offering the best early childhood education your child will receive. We want you to feel comfortable dropping off your child with us knowing that they are having a great time while they are learning. We work hand in hand with our parents to make sure that we meet the goals you have for your child. Come and visit us, we would love to show you our learning in action.

Ms. Kari P, 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.

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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.


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.


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

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

All of us teachers would like to welcome you to our center. Many of us have years of early childhood experience here at the center. There are even a few of us that have been here since we opened in 2004. We take great pride in our curriculum and our teaching abilities. Our goal is to make sure that your child is ready for kindergarten and we work as a team starting with the infant program all the way through the Prekindergarten program. We work as a team and support each other. Your child's learning is our top priority. Come and talk with us, we look forward to meeting you and your child.  

  • Ms. Kari P, Center Director

    I love being able to inspire and be a positive role model to the children and staff.

    Kari was born in raised in Rochester, Minnesota. After graduating from John Marshall High School, she obtained her Associate's Degree from Rochester Community Technical College. Shortly thereafter, she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Minnesota School of Business of Rochester. Kari has been in the Childcare field for over fifteen years. Since starting with KinderCare, she has worked in every classroom. Specifically, Kari has been an assistant teacher in the Toddler classroom, and the lead teacher in both the Infant and School Age classrooms. All of her experiences makes her love working in childcare even more, especially because she gets to watch children learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    I have been with the KinderCare Company for over 13 years. I have worked in various classrooms but mainly as School-age lead teacher for over nine years. I was the Assistant Director for KinderCare NW for over three years before I transferred to Center Director here.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I love all Chilren's books by Dr.Seuss, my favorite would be Oh, the Places you go.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Deveolpment and Business degre
  • Jenny Proud

    Jenny Proud, Assistant Director

    Tell me and I forget. Teach and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

    Jenny is our only employee that has been with us since the beginning. She help open the center in March of 2004. Jenny taught Pre-K for 10 years before taking the promotion to Assistant Director. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education form Winona State which she mow uses to spark the creativity of the teachers she leads throughout the center. Being part of the management team has allowed her to plan amazing activities for our KinderCare families and integral part of training for Professional Development days. In her free time, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family at their  camper on the Mississippi and watching her boys, Carter and Austin, tubing behind the boat. Some of her favorites are Candy Crush,, and waterfall.

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute for the Rochester Public School District for 4 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachlor of Science-Elementary Education
  • Ms. Alison

    Ms. Alison, Infant Classroom

    The first year of life is amazing time. It is such a joy - and so much fun to watch the babies in my class grow and discover the wonderful world each day.

    Ms. Alison has been with our babies for over 5 years. Alison has her Bachelor's in Art and you can see the amazing work she does with the infants in the classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Stay at home mom, Substitute teacher, and First and Second grade teacher.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Arts
  • Ms. Hayley, Infant A Classroom

  • Ms. Emma, Infant C Classroom

    “The mediocre teacher tells.
    The good teacher explains,
    The superior teacher demonstrates,
    The great teacher inspires”
    - William Arthur Ward

    "Everyday I aspire to be a great teacher. Each child learns and grows so much in their first year and I get to be a part of that."

  • Ms. Melissa, Infact C Classroom

  • Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

  • Ms. Kayla, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Lexy, Toddler Classroom

  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Twos Classroom

    "Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden."

    Ms. Jenn joined our center over four years ago. She has been working with our Preschool1 classroom and is now our lead in the 2's classroom. Jenn has an AAS in Earlly Childhood Education and has had yearly training through KinderCare. She brings love and learning to the classrooms, she also knows it's not the product it's the prosess woth the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with her mom in-home center and Preschool program
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    AAS in Early childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole, Preschool 1 Classroom

    "it is wonderful to see children's mind grow and to watch them be excited about what they can accomplish.

    This is Nicole's first year at KinderCare, she has an Associate's degree from Rochester COmmunity and Technical College. She is currenly persuring her Bachelors degree in Psychology through St. Mary's Uninverity of Minnesota. Nicole lokes to include ands on activities in the classroom. She really likes to encourge the children to interact with the activity as well as each other. Nicole is very excited for her journey.
    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has work in School-age childcare for 7 years
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Liberal Arts and Sciences Assocites Degree
  • Ms. Nichole

    Ms. Nichole, Twos Classroom

    Seeing the kids make a milestone; walking, crawling, waving and clapping.

    Ms. Nichole joined our team in 2013.

  • Ms. Kim, Preschool1

    "I can, I will!

    Kim has been with KinderCare company for over 11 years. She has worked in both Illinois and Minnesota. Kim has her Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Along with her work with preschoolers she has also worked in a young elementary setting. Kim brings a variety of experiences to her classroom as well as lots of love and understanding.
    Previous Experience:
    Tutor for Preschool to Adult, Paraprofessional for reading and 2nd grade.
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Preschool Classroom

    Every day, the kids inspire me to do better and to be better.

    Ms. Cindy joined our infant staff in the fall of 2013.

  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love to teach Prekindergarten children because of their desire to learn and they soak up all the information you put in front of them. There is never a dull moment and we laugh a lot!

    Ms. Amber has been one of our original teachers from 2004 when we opened the center.

  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, School Age Classroom

    For me, the best part of teaching is seeing a child’s face light up when he or she conquers the challenge of learning a new skill or concept. Sometimes, these conquests may seem small and insignificant to an adult, but are huge to a child. An important part of my job as a teacher is to acknowledge these moments for the child.

    Ms. Amy has been with KinderCare Education for over 20 years.

  • Ms. Jan, Prekindergarten Classroom

  • Ms. Angie, School-age and Learning Adventers

    I love watching the children grow and learn every single day.

    Angie has been at our center since August 2015, prior to coming to our center Angie wored at our KinderCare in Maplewood as a preschool teacher for 3 years. Angie went to Winona State and recieved her BA in Elemntary education and Early Childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    In college she worked in classroom at elementary school, and did some substitute teaching
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Rachel, Variety

    "Love being able to teach kids and elping kids frow up to be a strong and smart individual. Being around kids make me happy and makes me love my job more and more each day.

    Rachel has been with us here at KinderCare for over a year. She has a degree in human serives from RCTC. Rachel is with us part-time and works in variety of rooms, when Rachel is not with us she is coatching the RCTC woman's soccer team.

    Previous Experience:
    RCTC soccer coach, Nanny, coach at soccer world, coach little league soccer in summer
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Human Services
  • Ms. Eden, Multi Age Teacher

  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Chef

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

At Clare Lane 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We are closed on January 1st, President's Day,
Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Chirstmas, and Christmas Eve we close at 3:00 p.m.

Health and Safety

Our center was built with safety as our prime concern. We have a keypad entry that only allows parents that have the code to come in and pick up their child. Our playgrounds are all fenced in and the playground doors are locked when ever the playgrounds are not being used. The staff at our center are CPR and First Aid certified every two years. We do playground inspections and are always looking for any equipment that may need to be repaired.

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.

We have started out 6th year with KinderCare on Clare Lane NE Rochester, MN and feel very fortunate to have a welcoming and nurturing daycare setting for our children. We have been so pleased with the loving and rich developmental setting. They have grown to be energized inquisitive learners and enjoy their days with the teachers and staff at KinderCare. The curriculum at KinderCare provided exceptional learning experiences and truly prepared them for Kindergarten. Throughout all the years with KinderCare, we have had an ongoing positive and caring relationship with all the staff. So, thankful, our neighbor recommended KinderCare to us- it has been such a positive experience for our whole family. Thanks for all you do for all the kids and families at KinderCare. ~Dawn~

- Mother

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