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Rice KinderCare

Ashley Berquist, Center Director

181 W. County Rd. B2 Roseville MN 55113
(651) 490-1403 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Roseville Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
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Welcome

At Rice Street KinderCare our mission is offering the best early childhood education programs in the country from Infants to Prekindergarten.  We understand and would love to show you why choosing the right early childhood education program is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your child.  Here at Rice Street KinderCare we are very passionate about developing the whole child; we focus on social, emotional, cognitive, large and fine motor development.  We have the best curriculum that was developed by experts.  Our age appropriate curriculum (starting in our infant classroom) prepares children for success when entering kindergarten.  At our school, our families come first.  We strive to create a safe, loving environment for all of our students.  Our center is a closed classroom concept and has two very large playgrounds for our students to play, learn, and grow.  Our center adheres to the highest standards of childcare centers, as we are Parent Aware (Highest certification) and NAEYC accredited. (They allow programs to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality.)

Ashley Berquist, 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.

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.

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

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Rice KinderCare Learning Center welcomes you to meet our very educated and welcoming staff! We are very tenured, love teaching, and enjoy coming to work each day.

  • Ashley Berquist

    Ashley Berquist, Center Director

    It is our vision that each child who comes through our door joins a community of children, families, and teachers engaged in the joy, work, and wonder of childhood.

    Ashley Berquist began her career in Early Childhood Education as an aide at Oakdale KinderCare in June of 2002. She quickly discovered that she had a passion for Early Childhood Education and working with young children. She obtained her Child Development Associate Credential in June of 2003 and became a lead teacher for several years. She spent four-and-a-half years as a toddler teacher and then moved into a Preschool Classroom. Ashley has experience with all age groups. Ashley was promoted in 2012 to an Assistant Director position, where she was able to gain experience in the office and still be able to spend some time in the classrooms mentoring her staff.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley was an Assistant Director at East Saint Paul and Downtown Saint Paul KinderCare. Prior to that, she was a teacher in our Oakdale location where she was primarily a Preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Anything by Dr. Seuss. 

    Year Started:
    6/6/2002
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Ms. Heather G.

    Ms. Heather G., Lead Infant Classroom Teacher

    I believe that every child is an artist at heart.

    Heather feels that there is much to be learned through art.  She is able to teach confidence, creativity, self expression, and pre-writing skills through sensory exploration which you will see as you enter her classroom.  Heather thrives on knowing that what she is teaching the children in her classroom will carry through with them in their education journey.

    Year Started:
    11/12/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Melissa joined our team with several years of experience and treats our babies like her own.  She loves singing and reading to our infants!  When we have wet and messy time,  Ms. Melissa LOVES exploring right alongside the babies.  

    Year Started:
    4/12/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Shereen

    Ms. Shereen, Lead Discovery Preschool Classroom Teacher

    I love to teach children through art. It gives them an abundance of self confidence.

    For all of her years at KinderCare, Ms. Shereen has worked within the Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms. When she sees a child grasp onto a new concept, she feels so rewarded and special that she was able to be part of it. Ms. Shereen feels that art is a very intricate teaching tool. She integrates both math skills and pre-writing skills into the projects for the toddlers.

    Year Started:
    9/20/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate credential
  • Miss Jessica

    Miss Jessica, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing how quickly the babies learn new things. It's amazing how quickly they grow!

    Jessica is a very caring and passionate teacher. She may seem shy at first, but she truly cares about every child in her care. She does a great job ensuring all of our infants' schedules are followed and all of their needs are met. She loves to get messy with the babies. She is constantly talking to the children to help expand their vocabulary.

    Year Started:
    11/21/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Currently going to school to obtain her Early Childhood Education degree
  • Ms. Denise

    Ms. Denise, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Denise loves singing and playing with our Discovery Preschool friends.  She enjoys watching our children explore outdoors.  We have lots of frogs and other bugs that she teaches our students about.  She also really enjoys helping them understand their feelings and using their words to communicate with their friends.

    Year Started:
    4/12/1916
    Tenure:
    101 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Mrs. Carol

    Mrs. Carol, Lead Prekindergarten Teacher

    Mrs. Carol is very passionate about Early Childhood Education and is very excited to help our preschoolers prepare for kindergarten.  She joined our school with more then 20 years of Early Childhood Experience.  She is great at being at the children's level and encouraging them to try new things.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor degree
  • Mr. Brad

    Mr. Brad, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Mr. Brad is so patient and calm with all of our students.  He does a great job getting down on the child's level and really takes pride in his work within our school.  Mr. Brad comes to us with a degree in Psychology and many years of experience working with young children.

    Year Started:
    8/11/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor in Psychology
  • Ms. Heidi N.

    Ms. Heidi N., Learning Adventures

    I am passionate about helping children become prepared for what lies later in life!

    Ms. Heidi has made an impact as a teacher in multiple classrooms at our center over the last four years. Since the winter of 2010, Ms. Heidi has taken on the role of Learning Adventures teacher. She provides private tutoring classes for children in the areas of math, phonics, Spanish, cooking, music, and sports. Ms. Heidi is also the Health and Safety Coordinator for our center and oversees the implementation of health and safety procedures in the classrooms. Ms. Heidi always takes a proactive approach with her teaching methods. She strives to find the best way to engage each child she teaches.

    Year Started:
    6/9/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Bachelor in Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Wednesday August 09, 2017
Will Hale

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Rock out with Will Hale!  Bring your dancing shoes!

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Friday August 18, 2017
Family Picnic!

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Join us for food and fun with all of our current and past families!  Meet parents of children in your child's classroom and enjoy dinner provided by KinderCare!

About Our Center

Rice Street KinderCare is a true family!  Our team works together to ensure we are giving the children in our care the best possible start in life!  Each and every teacher has a passion for Early Childhood Education!

Awards and Recognition

  • Parent Aware Four Star

    Parent Aware Four Star

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve, Typically close Early
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Being a nationally and locally accredited childcare center, our center practices stringent health and safety measures. The entrances to our center are secured with a keypad system requiring a code to enter. We want families to know that we have a nurturing environment and have our own health nurse who comes monthly. Also, all lead teachers and staff are First Aid and CPR certified.  We have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator; Ms. Heidi who provides monthly trainings for our staff and highlights certain areas with our students such as handwashing, and being safe in our center.

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.

I absolutely love the staff at Rice Street KinderCare, my Granddaughter has been attending there for just over a year and she LOVES going to school!  I can tell that her teachers truly care about her.  

- Grandma

We are very happy with the center and all of the wonderful teachers. I am especially thankful for Ms. Shereen, she is wonderful and the way that my daughter smiles at her and doesn't say a peep on mornings when she is there at drop off lets me know how much my child loves her. That means the world to me.

- Mom

The Teachers and Staff at KinderCare of Roseville are amazing! As a new mom I was very nervous about her care and development with so many daycare choices out there. The people at KinderCare teach her, play with her and love her like she is one of their own. I can call anytime and check on her and they keep me informed on how she is doing and she is always so happy when I pick her up. The kindness and enthusiasm they have is outstanding, and I couldn't have imagined a better place for my little girl! Thank you KinderCare for taking care of my baby!

- Mother

We are so happy we transferred to Rice KinderCare. My son has blossomed since transferring here. The staff is wonderful. From the beginning they have worked with us as a family to make sure that he gets what he needs, right down to Katie preparing an activity bucket for him to play with quietly while other children nap. Everyone is friendly and helpful at drop off and pick up, and you can see that they enjoy the children. Ms. Charise is a fantastic teacher, he loves her, he is excited to go to school everyday, and talks about his day, as he didn't in the past. I appreciate the detailed daily notes, and the pictures and progress notes in the classroom, it helps me feel involved in his day. Thank you to Heidi and the Learning Adventure classes, not only for the great one on one attention, but the daily updates. I have coworkers who look forward to seeing our daily photos via email. Heidi makes these additional courses fun with a variety of tools, and it works, you can see the progress he is making almost on a daily basis. Thank you for all that you do!

- Mother

 | I have two children, ages three years and four months, in the KinderCare Roseville center and I am very happy with the care they receive. They make it easier for me to be away from my children, as I know they are in good hands. The teachers show interest in my children and their development. The communication is excellent. I am constantly amazed at how much my three year-old has learned from them. She brings home new skills each day. My four-month-old gives his teacher a big smile each morning and is content in her arms when I leave. I am thankful I was able to find these wonderful people and this center. I would recommend them to anyone.

- Mother
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