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Rogers KinderCare

Tracy Gustafson, Center Director

14080 Northdale Blvd. Rogers MN 55374
(763) 428-8973 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
HWY 101 & 141st Ave.-SW corner next to the Fairview Clinics

Neighborhood:
Rogers/Hassan Township

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Center buses to Rogers Elementary and Hassan Elementary has a bus stop at the center.

It's that time of year to be thankful for what you have and help those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Please bring any donation of a new, unwrapped gift for children ages newborn through teen to your center to be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations accepted anytime before Friday, December 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our center leadership team. Thank you for your donation!

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Welcome

Welcome to the Rogers KinderCare located on Northdale Boulevard. Our mission is to meet the needs of children and families each and every day. We have an educated, supportive, and caring staff who are passionate about teaching and child growth and development. Your child's education is the most important thing to us which is why we provide a state-of-the-art curriculum in each of our programs to ensure that your child is getting the best education at every age level. We provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment so that your child feels comfortable and excited to come to school each day; we want everyone to feel like they are part of our family when they walk through our doors. We look forward to meeting with your family and introducing you to ours.

Tracy Gustafson, Center Director

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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.

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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

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.

Multiple Summer Sports Programs

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

Teachers & Staff

We are so proud of our caring and talented teachers! Our staff is passionate about teaching and dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for your children.

  • Tracy Gustafson

    Tracy Gustafson, Center Director

    I am excited to share with you all of the wonderful things our program has to offer your family! I am dedicated to providing a safe and quality environment for your child to learn and grow.

    Tracy joined the KinderCare team in January of 2004 and has had the opportunity to work as a lead Prekindergarten teacher, Assistant Director and Center Director. In 2007 the Rogers KinderCare opened their doors and Tracy transferred to Rogers from Eden Prairie. She has enjoyed welcoming many new families to the center. Tracy's role as Center Director is to ensure that every family and child receive the quality care and positive learning environment KinderCare offers. Tracy feels very grateful for the opportunity to work with children and help them learn and grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Tracy grew up helping with her mom's home daycare and worked at a childcare center while going to college.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Brandee Felling

    Brandee Felling, Assistant Director

    I love to get to know each and every child as a unique individual and use a teaching approach that works best for them. I also love to get to know the families and provide them with fun information about their child's development here at our center.

    Brandee has been with KinderCare Education for almost 14 years. She has had many roles within the company and found her home, here at our Rogers location! Brandee loves educating the children, building relationships with their families, and building relationships with her team!  

    Previous Experience:
    Brandee previously taught infants at another childcare center before teaching at KinderCare Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    It's Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
    Year Started:
    12/20/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
  • Ms. Blythe Triggs

    Ms. Blythe Triggs, Infant Teacher

    Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

    Blythe joined the KinderCare team in November of 2007. She has been at the Rogers location since it opened it's doors in December of 2007. Blythe has spent many years as an Infant Classroom Teacher and has helped provide support in other classrooms as well. 

    Previous Experience:
    Blythe was a Toddler teacher at another learning center before she joined the KinderCare family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Little Pea
    Year Started:
    11/12/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Associate in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. April

    Ms. April, Infant Classroom

    I am inspired by the relationships she has built with the children, along with the smiles and hugs she receives each day.

    Ms. April has been with KinderCare since 2007. She has worked at multiple locations, but has been with the Rogers center since 2011. Ms. April is very passionate about teaching children. She loves the growing relationships she builds with the children and their families every day. To have a child excited to see her in the morning helps her know that she is making a difference in their life. Ms. April loves watching a child grow from infancy to school age and seeing how much they've learned.

    Previous Experience:
    April has always enjoyed working with children and had a lot of fun caring for the children in her neighborhood growing up!
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
    Year Started:
    1/8/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Infant Classroom

    I love using my knowledge of infants to help new families through the many transitions infants experience in the first year of life.

    Ms. Emily joined the KinderCare Infant team in October of 2013. She is working towards completing her Child Development Associate certification in Early Childhood Education. Emily is very passionate about teaching young children.  

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dear Zoo by Rod Campell
    Year Started:
    10/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Kenzie

    Ms. Kenzie, Infant Classroom

    All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

    Ms. Kenzie has been with KinderCare for eight and a half years. Kenzie has 3 small children of her own and is very passionate about teaching young children. She loves watching children learn new and exciting things everyday!  

    Previous Experience:
    Worked at another KinderCare prior to starting at the Rogers location.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
    Year Started:
    12/10/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Infant Classroom

    I love sharing in the joy of discovery.

    Erica began her career with KinderCare in 2015. She has extensive experience working with young children in both an elementary setting and an early learning center.  She has a passion for reading and brings that into her classroom by introducing the children to a variety of books. Erica has amazing interactions with the children in her classroom and creates a learning experience out of everything they do. 

    Previous Experience:
    Substitute teacher, Student teacher, Sunday school teacher, and Camp counselor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    Year Started:
    6/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Cultural Studies Diploma
  • Ms. Cordelia

    Ms. Cordelia, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the infants reach their developmental milestones and get excited knowing that I was a apart of their development.

    Miss Cordelia started with KinderCare in 2016. She is currently pursuing her degree in early childhood development and loves working with young children. Cordelia also loves to volunteer her time to organizations such as Feed My Starving Children and the Upward Bound. 

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Engine that Could"
    Year Started:
    9/6/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than 1 year
    Education:
    Currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Alexis

    Ms. Alexis, Toddler Classroom

    I love getting to know the individual personalities of each child in my classroom and watching them progress in their development.

    Alexis has worked in the early childhood field as a Toddler Teacher since 2014. She is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology. Alexis loves to get to know the personalities of each and every child in her classroom. She believes in helping children learn and grow in a way that keeps it fun and safe.  

    Previous Experience:
    Alexis has previous experience at another childcare center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Red Pajama
    Year Started:
    8/31/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Psychology
  • Conya Nelson

    Conya Nelson, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love building relationships with the children and their families.

    Ms. Conya has worked in the early childcare field since she was 17 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Conya also likes to go to her family cabin and enjoys watching hockey. She is a huge MN Wild fan.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Conya has worked at other early childhood centers besides KinderCare in the past
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    11/28/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5+
    Education:
    Conya has a degree in Medical Administration
  • Ms. Jacki

    Ms. Jacki, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love observing the many different ways one can learn and discovering new methods to teach.

    Jacki has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for seven years. She moved to the state of Minnesota from New Hampshire where she worked with children in both an elementary school setting and an early learning center. She has always wanted to work with children since she was young girl. 

    Previous Experience:
    Jacki previously worked as a teachers aide at an elementary school and as a teachers assistant at an early learning center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon
    Year Started:
    4/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Education with a minor in psychology
  • Mr. Nick

    Mr. Nick, Preschool Classroom

    Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.

    Mr. Nick has been in the early childhood field for 12 years and is working towards earning a degree in marketing. He has a passion for working with young children and loves discovering how much children learn through play versus structured activities. Mr. Nick loves building relationships with the families in his classroom. He makes learning fun and his classroom is inviting!

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Nick has worked at multiple childcare centers in the past.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Books by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    8/20/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Working towards a Degree in Marketing Managament
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Preschool

    I love to blend fun and learning in creative ways.

    Ms. Amy is a teacher in our Preschool program. Ms. Amy worked in the industry as a teacher for many years prior to coming to KinderCare. You will often find Ms. Amy running around with children on the playground or engaging children in a fun activity in the classroom. Amy's vision for her students is that they leave KinderCare with a life long love of learning and that they remember Knowledge Beginnings and their time with her fondly.

    Previous Experience:
    Amy has worked at other childcare centers in the past.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Friend for Dragon by Dave Pilkey
    Year Started:
    10/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate from Saint Paul Technical College
  • Shaniqua James

    Shaniqua James, Preschool Classroom

    I love the feeling of family in my center. I enjoy building a relationship will all of the students in our care.

    Ms. Shaniqua grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her son, Messiah, her dog Lester, and her cat Keykey. Shaniqua has always enjoyed children! She also loves music, travelling, and camping.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    9/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than a 1 year
    Education:
    Currently pursuing her Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Leah

    Ms. Leah, Floater

    Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.

    Ms. Leah has been with company for three years. She is working towards completing her CDA certification in Early Childhood Education.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteered at KinderCare in Rogers while in High School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Wheels on the Bus
    Year Started:
    10/17/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Degree
  • Ms. Katam

    Ms. Katam, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow. - Albert Einstein

    Ms. Katam is very passionate about getting children ready for elementary school. She has two grown children of her own and two grandchildren. Ms. Katam loves teaching Prekindergarten children and seeing the children's eagerness to learn new skills. The children make her proud to be their teacher. 

    Previous Experience:
    Katam previously worked in the school district before coming to KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Books by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/1/1989
    Tenure:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Carrie

    Carrie, Floater

    I treat every child as their own unique person and love to hear their stories. I love being a part of the amazing adults they will become.

    Ms. Carrie has been a stay at home Mom for the past nine years. She worked for another KinderCare in the past. Carrie has four children of her own and loves caring for and teaching children.  

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at another KinderCare location.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Carrie loves all children's books!
    Year Started:
    9/26/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Major in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Kari

    Ms. Kari, Floater

    I love that I am able to make a difference in the lives of children each and every day.

    Ms. Kari has been working in early childhood education field for the past 17 years. She has previously worked at non-KinderCare centers and started her career with KinderCare in 2015. Ms. Kari loves to play with the children outdoors and play fun games with them to get their energy out.  

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kari has worked at other childhood care centers in the past
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Pete the Cat book
    Year Started:
    8/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing a degree in medical terminolgy
  • Ms. Anh

    Ms. Anh, Cook

    I enjoy cooking healthy and nutritious meals for the children.

    Ms. Ahn has worked in the early childhood field for five years. In her spare time she likes to go ice fishing and gardening. She also enjoys going to parks and hiking with her children. Ms. Ahn also likes to try new recipes. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Ahn has experience cooking at another childcare center before starting her position here at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    10/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Associate Degree as a Tourist Guide and Food Safe Training

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

Awards and Recognition

  • Parent Aware

    Parent Aware

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

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

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of your child is our top priority! Our center features a secure key-pad enforced entrance, all of our teachers are first aid and CPRr certified and have ongoing training in Universal Precautions and SIDS prevention. Our playgrounds are divided by age, fenced, and feature a soft and padded play surface.

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.

Our experience with the Rogers KinderCare has been very positive. I am continually impressed by how well the center is managed. I appreciate that all of the staff, not just his classroom teacher, knows my son by name and greet him with smiles everyday. You can tell that the teachers enjoy their job and truly care about helping kids reach their full potential. It is comforting to know that my son spends his days in a fun, nurturing and creative environment. Thank you KinderCare!

- Mother

We have had a wonderful experience with KinderCare. Our son started in the infant room when he was 11 months old. We had to find care quickly for him and after visiting several other centers, we stopped in to tour with Ms. Tracy. We knew immediately that this was the place for our son! The Directors, teachers, curriculum and facilities won us over! It was a warm, safe and fun learning environment and we were drawn to the energy there on that first visit! We also loved that non of the babies were just sitting in swings or bouncy seats! Our son has learned and grown so much with the help of KinderCare. He thrived right from the beginning and we are blown away on a daily basis on how much he has learned in his short time there. Our whole family loves and trusts the staff with our son and he has so much fun with his friends while learning and playing. We know they truly care about us as well! We feel very connected with how his days are spent and how he's doing. We would recommend KinderCare to everyone! In fact, we've already recommended KinderCare to three of our friends!

- Parents

The staff at KinderCare in Rogers is what makes this place great. They are amazing with the kids and provide them with unforgettable experiences. We are continuously amazed by the advances our kids make, on a weekly basis. Working with the staff, from a parent perspective, has been nothing but a good experience for us. They are flexible, quick and willing to help out in any way they can. For us, the staff has gone above and beyond when we welcomed our twins to the world, often coming out to the parking lot to help haul our clan into the center. I can't say enough good about them. Wonderful place!

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