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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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Special Instructions:
at Cedar & 4th in the Degree of Honor Building

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!

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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!

Erin Hutton- Center Director

Ronshawnda Dozie, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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, Center Director

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    A.S. Degree in Child Development
  • Susan Rustin, Assistant Director

    Be the change you want to see in this world!

    Previous Experience:
    Toddler Teacher Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 years
    Early Childhood Education
  • 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Rita, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
  • Ms. Charlene, Pre-K

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  • Gina, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Joni, Preschool

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  • Sofia, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Megan, Toddlers

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  • Ms. Rachel, Two's

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  • 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:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Taylor

    Ms. Taylor, Infants

    Play is often talked about as if it were a releif from serious learning.  Butfor children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhoode." - Mr Rogers

      Ms. Taylor became part of the KU family in June and she really enjoys connecting with the infants and their families!  Along with teaching at Kindercare, Ms. Taylor attends The University of St. Thomas in pursuit of her B.S. degree in Psychology and Family Studies.  She is excited to be on board!

    Previous Experience:
    Taylor babysat and was a nanny for several years prior to becoming part of the KU family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    Associates Degree. B.S. in progress at St. Thomas
  • Ms. Sabrina

    Ms. Sabrina, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    When working with 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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Child Development Associates Credential
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Preschool

    Never settle for anything less than your best

    Becky Started at Kindercare in New Jersey as a multi-age teacher. She then moved into the learning adventures position.  Now that she has moved to MN, she is the lead preschool teacher.  Becky loves being with the children each day and loves watching them grow.  In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, doing crafts and exploring her new world in MN!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Becky loves reading books to children but right now she loves "It's Not Easy Being A Bunny"
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Annette

    Ms. Annette, Bathroom Supervisor

    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 childcare centers.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Jack and the Bean Stalk
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years

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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
  • Arabic
  • Spanish

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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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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