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Rochester KinderCare

Ms. Kari Peterson, Center Director

2460 Clare Lane NE Rochester MN 55906
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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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.
 

Welcome

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 Peterson, 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

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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

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.

Math

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.

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.

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 Peterson

    Ms. Kari Peterson, 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 14 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 children's books by Dr. Seuss. My favorite would be Oh, the Places You Go.
    Year Started:
    8/24/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    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 from Winona State which she now 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 in their camper on the Mississippi and watching her boys, Carter and Austin, tubing behind the boat. 

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute for the Rochester Public School District for 4 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    3/5/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    8/13/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    BA in Arts
  • Ms. Hayley

    Ms. Hayley, Infant A Classroom

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breathe away.

    Hayley has been with KinderCare for over 2 years now and loves what she does. She is an amazing assistant teacher in the Infant room. In Hayley's free time, she likes to go hiking, hanging with family and friends or watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    This is Hayley's first experience in a center. Before KinderCare, Hayley worked as a nanny, and at Inta Juice and Subway.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    2/19/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 2 years
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Emma

    Ms. Emma, Infant C Classroom

    A child has a special way of adding joy to everyday.


    Emma has been with KinderCare since October of 2015. She absolutely loves working with children and uses her degree in psychology. Emma favorite part of the day is walking in getting hugs and smiles from the children.
    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Sheep in Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw
    Year Started:
    10/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachlor's of Science in Psychology and History
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infact C Classroom

    Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.


    Melissa has been with KinderCare since June of 2015. Melissa really loves helping the infants master the stages of their first year. When not working at KinderCare, Melissa loves spending time with her son who 12 years old and her daughter that is 10 years old.
    Previous Experience:
    With her degree Melissa is a mother of 2 children
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
    Year Started:
    6/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachlors of Science
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    Megan has been with KinderCare for over 10 years. She has taught in Discovery Preschool and now is in our infant room. Megan is a proud mom of two beautiful girls.

    Previous Experience:
    Mother of 2 children.
    Year Started:
    6/7/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Some Early Childhood Classes
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Toddler Classroom

    Start each day with a grateful heart.

    Kayla is originally from Pipestone, MN. When Kayla is not at KinderCare, she is spending time with her adorable son Silas and her fiance Kyle. Kayla enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked in a center in New Prague.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    6/3/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    B.A.S. in Psychology
  • Ms. Lexy

    Ms. Lexy, Toddler Classroom

    All children need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them." Magic Johnson

    Lexy is co-teacher in the Toddler room, she has been with Kindercare since 2012. She had left KinderCare for a brief time to continue her education in Wisconsin and has returned to us full-time in the summer of 2016. We are excited to have Lexy back in our toddler room. Lexy loves working with the toddler age saying" the are such a fun exciting group to work with."

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
    Year Started:
    11/16/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Some College
  • 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 Preschool 1 classroom and is now our lead in the 2's classroom. Jenn has an AAS in Early 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 process with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked with her mom in-home center and Preschool program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Piggie and Gerald
    Year Started:
    3/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    AAS in Early childhood Education
  • Ms. Nichole

    Ms. Nichole, Twos Classroom

    Be obsessively grateful.

    Ms. Nichole joined our team in 2013. She grew up in New Hampton, IA. While working at KinderCare, Nichole is attending RCTC towards her degree in Surgical Tech.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Night Before Christmas
    Year Started:
    4/12/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Some College
  • Ms. Kim

    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.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Miss Nelson is Missing
    Year Started:
    7/25/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    BA in Elementary Education
    Education:
    14
  • Ms. Nicole

    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 currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Psychology through St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Nicole likes to include ands on activities in the classroom. She really likes to encourage 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
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    5/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Liberal Arts and Sciences Assocites Degree
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Preschool 2

    Love being able to teach kids and helping kids grow up to be a strong and smart individuals. Being around kids makes 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 services from RCTC. Rachel is with us part-time and works in variety of rooms, when Rachel is not with us she is coaching the RCTC woman's soccer team.

    Previous Experience:
    RCTC soccer coach, Nanny, coach at soccer world, coach little league soccer in summer
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    6/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Human Services
  • 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. Her love for children motivates her to do the best she can. Amber is an amazing Pre-K teacher and does a wonderful job educating the children and getting them ready for school. When Amber is not working at KinderCare, she is coaching the RCTC volleyball team.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    11/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    B.S. in recreation and tourism, and coaching
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, School Age Classroom

    A person's a person, no matter how small." Dr. Suess

    Ms. Amy grew up by New Ulm MN and graduated from Winona State. She has been with KinderCare Education for over 20 years. She began teaching Preschool before moving into the Assistant Director position at Children's Beginnings. In 2012, KinderCare Education decided to close the center and we were lucky to have Ms. Amy to transfer to us to be our Pre-K teacher.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director at Children's Beginnings and Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
    Year Started:
    3/1/1993
    Tenure:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    B.S. in Elementary Education and minor in Early Childhood education
  • Ms. Jan

    Ms. Jan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Golden Rule- "Do unto to others as you would have them do onto you.

    Jan works in the afternoons with us for a few hours a day. She has been a 6th grade teacher and also has worked as a preschool lead. Jan has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. She is great help and wonderful teacher here at KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher for 6th grade and preschool teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web
    Year Started:
    9/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    B.S in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Angie

    Ms. Angie, School-age and Learning Adventures

    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 worked at our KinderCare in Maplewood as a preschool teacher for 3 years. Angie went to Winona State and received her BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    In college, she worked in classroom at an elementary school and did some substitute teaching.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    6/25/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    BA in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Eden

    Ms. Eden, Multi-Class

    Everyone you meet has something to teach you.

    Eden just started with us in June of 2016, and she has been an amazing aide. Eden is currently attenting a college program to earn her Early Childhood Education degree. In Eden's free time, she likes to bake and watch movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, another center, church nursery, and volunteer at elementary school.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    6/29/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Attending college
  • Ms. Michele

    Ms. Michele, Chef

    Michele has been the cook here at KinderCare for over 8 years now. She does a wonderful job making sure we have nutritious meals.

    Previous Experience:
    Michele worked in local restaurants.
    Year Started:
    9/22/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Tuesday February 07, 2017
Valentine's socal

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Please join us from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM decorating valentine cookies in our common area. 

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

Monday February 20, 2017
Professional Development DAy

We will be closed for Professional Development Day.

Tuesday February 28, 2017
Parent Reader Day

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.

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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~

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