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St. Paul KinderCare

Ronshawnda Dozie, Center Director

325 Cedar St. Ste 150 Saint Paul MN 55101
(651) 221-0924 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 5 YEARS
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Neighborhood:
Downtown St. Paul

We are located in the heart of down town St. Paul!
*  Our children have access to a safe and secure playground that is located on site.  Our playground offers plenty of space to run, ride bikes and play basketball. 
*  We have access to the skyway system for safe and efficient travel on field trips.
*  We have passionate and dedicated staff with a combined 75 years of experience!

Welcome

Welcome to the Kindercare in fabulous downtown Saint Paul! We've been established in the community since 1987. We serve from six weeks old up to 5 years. Our center is a licensed facility that also holds a NAEYC accreditation as well as, receiving the highest possible 4-star rating from parent Aware and strives to achieve the pinnacle in all we do. Our teachers have a combined 75 years of experience in education. We combine our experience with our cutting edge curriculum to ensure children get the best possible start on their education. We'd love a chance to meet you and show you around our unique downtown center!  See you soon!

Ronshawnda Dozie, 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.

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.

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

The teachers at the St Paul KinderCare are very caring and giving to the families and children. The majority of our teachers are college educated with a Bachelor's or Associate's Degrees or a Child Development Associate's Certificate. The staff works diligently with families each day to ensure that high quality child care is delivered. We are committed and passionate about the children in our care.

  • Ronshawnda Dozie

    Ronshawnda Dozie, Center Director

    Ronshawnda Dozie is the Center Director at the Downtown St. Paul KinderCare, she has been at this location since March 2015! Ronshawnda began her career working with children in June 2007. She started off working with Toddlers, she has now got the chance to work with all age groups and she loves them all. Ronshawnda enjoys having the opportunity to support all of the wonderful children, parents and teachers here at the center to provide the best educational experience!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    3/31/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Associate of Science Degree in Child Development
  • Crystal Gunderson

    Crystal Gunderson, Assistant Director

    Crystal started at KinderCare in 2002 as a high school student, after high school she realized that she had a passion for this field. Crystal earned her bachelor's degree in 2008. Crystal has been the lead in several different classrooms. Crystal is now the Assistant Director and uses her extensive knowledge working in multiple age groups to help mentor the other teachers and assist in curriculum implantation. She loves having the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the families. 

    Year Started:
    10/6/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science
  • Kimberly Nelson

    Kimberly Nelson, Assistant Director

    Ms. Kimberly started working for KinderCare in 2002. Kim enjoys working for KinderCare! Kimberly lives our Service Values day by day and could never imagine her life without KinderCare. Kimberly earned her Associate of science degree in Early Child Development in 2004.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Laura Stuart, Toddler Classroom

    I've been at KinderCare for almost a year now. My daughter has been enrolled since she was an infant and that is what influenced me to work for KinderCare! You can feel the love and passion every teacher has for all the children here at our center.

    Previous Experience:
    Medical Field
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Rainbow Fish 

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Education
  • Sofia Seals

    Sofia Seals, Toddler Classroom

    Sofia started working at KinderCare in 2016. Being able to impact the children's lives the way she does each day is an amazing experience for her! She strongly feels that KinderCare is the place to be.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Cat and the Hat

    Year Started:
    8/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Assistant Teacher
  • Tyanna Williamson

    Tyanna Williamson, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Tyanna started working for KinderCare in 2016. She says that this has the best decision of her life. She loves making an impact on children's lives. They're the future! 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Year Started:
    9/19/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Assistant Teacher
  • Mr. Mark, Cook

    Mark enjoys cooking healthy and nurtious meals everyday for our Children enrolled here! He always makes sure everyhting is "just right".

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs & Ham!
    Year Started:
    11/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Infant Classroom

    Megan loves working for KinderCare! Megan enjoys working with the younger children, watching them grow and explore is her favorite part. She loves all the children here and can't get enough of them!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    12/8/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Joni

    Ms. Joni, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Joni works with our Preschool students and she says they're a ton of fun! Ms. Joni earned her bachelor's degree in fine arts and loves doing tons of projects with our Preschoolers. Ms. Joni is always ensuring her classroom is full of curriculum projects and evidence of learning!  

    Year Started:
    5/2/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Infant Classroom

    I love getting to know all of the families in my classroom!

    Ms. Sarah has worked in all of the classrooms, but loves working with the younger children because she enjoys watching them grow and learn new things. In her spare time, Ms. Sarah likes to go camping, traveling, go on walks, and do different things with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to KinderCare, Ms. Sarah had worked at other childcare centers. She has also worked at KinderCare centers in Cottage Grove and Eagan.
    Year Started:
    7/12/1999
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    When working with a child, it is important to teach them to 'think smart, not hard.'

    Ms. Sabrina loves working with our Discovery Preschool classroom, because everyday they greet her with hugs, and smiles.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sabrina has worked at many different child learning centers, but has found her home here at KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Year Started:
    12/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Annette

    Ms. Annette, Center Aide

    I love to greet everyone in the morning and see the smiles on their faces!

    Ms. Annette has been working in early childhood education centers for 18 years.  She loves what she does because she enjoys working with and teaching the children. She is inspired by the kids smiling faces and loves to come to work everyday because of the great relationships she has with the staff, families, and children.  Ms. Annette loves what she does!

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Annette has worked at three other child care centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Year Started:
    9/20/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Tiara Bellaphant

    Tiara Bellaphant, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Let us sacrifice our today, so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

    Tiara has been working for KinderCare since 2016. Tiara believes that working with children is beyond beneficial because they're the future! Tiara loves seeing children grow mentally and physically!  

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon 

    Year Started:
    12/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    2

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. 

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.  

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

We have a secured entrance with a code for parents to access our center. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on staff at all times to ensure proper precautions are taken if anything should happen. All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified and we hold monthly trainings to ensure our teachers are providing the best possible education for our children and families.

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 have been with KinderCare since my daughter was five-months-old. They are truly a part of our family. I love my downtown St.Paul family!

- Mother

I love the staff at KinderCare Downtown. They are awesome and patient with my boys and do a GREAT job keeping them busy!

- Mother
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