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Prior Lake Savage KinderCare

Susan Hannesson, Center Director

14014 Highway 13 South Savage MN 55378
(952) 440-2677 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Red Tail Ridge, Jeffers Pond, Westwood, Grainwood,and Glendale Elementary Schools


Welcome to the Prior Lake/Savage KinderCare! We are located on the Northwest corner of Highway 13 and County Road 42. At KinderCare, we think of ourselves as a family that supports strong relationships with each and every child. We believe in developing the whole child; focusing on each individual’s social-emotional and cognitive development. This will provide a strong foundation for your child in their most influential years. We service the communities of Prior Lake, Savage, and Shakopee by providing transportation to the following schools; Glendale, Grainwood, Jeffers Pond, Redtail Ridge, Red Oak, and Westwood. We look forward to meeting you and your family and sharing our wonderful school with you.

Susan Hannesson, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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


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.


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

If it wasn’t for our teachers, our center wouldn’t be what it is today. Each staff member we have at our center is dedicated to KinderCare and will always do what’s best for the children. Our long term teachers are an example of our commitment to KinderCare. Some of them have been with the company between 20 and 30 years!

  • Susan Hannesson

    Susan Hannesson, Center Director

    Susan has been with KinderCare since 1997 and has worked at this location as Center Director since 2007. Previously, she has been a Director in Eden Prairie, MN and Virginia. After starting as a teacher with the company in 1997, Susan became an Assistant Director and then Director. She enjoys this role as it has the ability to impact the greatest number of children. It is a responsibility she doesn't take lightly. Since earning her Childcare Management Diploma, Susan has stayed abreast of developments in the Early Childhood Education field through the Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In her free time, Susan enjoys reading and watching her son play hockey and baseball.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Childcare Management Diploma
  • Charlene Dudero

    Charlene Dudero, Assistant Director

    Charlene's first job was working with children at a local church, between that and teaching swimming lessons is where her passion for children and helping them learn began. She was born and raised in Eagan where she gained guest service skills while working at The Family Swim School. Charlene began at KinderCare in 2006 as an Assistant Teacher. As she worked her way through school, she became a Lead Teacher. Charlene went on to be to gain experience as both an Assistant Director and a Center Director before joining the team in Savage in 2014. She loves working close with the children, their families, and the employees.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at KinderCare, Charlene worked with children at a YMCA in Iowa, at a local church, and taught swimming lessons at a swim school. Charlene started at KinderCare in 2006 as a Toddler Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Many Colored Days
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Mariann

    Ms. Mariann, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mariann is the lead teacher in the Infant Classroom and has worked for KinderCare since 2007. She earned a Child Development Associate’s Degree from Rasmussen in 2001. Ms. Mariann has four grown children and in her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and home improvement. She particularly enjoys the excitement as children learn and develop.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little House
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Annie

    Ms. Annie, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Annie has been the lead teacher in the Toddler Classroom since 2006 after starting with KinderCare in 2005. She has a Child Development Certificate from South Central College. Ms. Annie enjoys playing darts and competes in tournaments around the state. She treasures her role transitioning Toddlers from Infants to Preschoolers because of the amazing changes that happen so quickly and frequently.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Crayons Talk
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
  • Ms. Dawn

    Ms. Dawn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Dawn has over 20 years experience working in Early Childhood Education. Before starting with KinderCare in 2007, Ms. Dawn had her own in-home child care and also worked in child care facilities on military bases. She has a Child Development Associate’s Degree from Ellis College. Ms. Dawn has four grown children and one grandson that she loves to talk about! When not doting on her grandson, Ms. Dawn enjoys reading and nearly any craft project.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 years
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare for over 26 years and she has spent the entire time working with Preschool aged children! Talk about finding your niche! Ms. Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University. She enjoys rooting for the Oklahoma State Cowboys with her two grown children in whatever sport they are playing at the time. Ms. Kim loves the challenge of finding different ways of educating children by keeping it fresh and exciting.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Joannie

    Ms. Joannie, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Joannie is our veteran teacher with over 30 years with KinderCare. With that incredible tenure, she has developed a comfort in working with children of all ages. Ms. Joannie has a Child Development Associate’s Degree from Hennepin Technical College. She has three daughters and two grandsons. She enjoys walking and biking as well as traveling around the United States.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Year Started:
    34 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 years
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Donna

    Ms. Donna, PreKindergarten

    Ms. Donna works in the PreKindergarten classroom and has worked for KinderCare since 2000. Donna is from Wisconsin and enjoys cheering for the Green Bay Packers. She has two children and two grandchildren.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Purple Green & Yellow
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Teria

    Teria, School Age

    Teria is the lead teacher in the School Age classroom. She started her career with KinderCare at our Loftus Rd location and came to our center in 2012.Teria is the mother of three grown sons and has a special touch with children of all ages, but her passion is working with the school age children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pippi Longstocking
    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Teresa

    Teresa, Learning Adventures

    Teresa started at our center in 2008 and took over teaching our Learning Adventures classes in 2010. The classes she teaches are Phonics, Math, and Music. Teresa has two sons Levi and Noah and her hobbies include reading and gardening.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cranky Bear
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

At Prior Lake Savage KinderCare, our first priority is always the heath and safety of the children entrusted in our care. We take many precautions in our day-to-day operations to ensure that each child is in a safe environment that promotes their development. Safety starts at our entrance with a secure key-coded entry. Our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified and trained to respond to emergencies in a safe and timely manner. Our Heath and Safety Coordinator on site makes certain that our daily practices are never disregarded.

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.

All three of my boys have attended KinderCare and only my youngest (age 3) remains at the center now that his brothers are in school. The teachers are one of the reasons why we have stayed. They ensure each day is consistent and fun. The boys social interaction with others their age and overall preparation for elementary school has proven to be instrumental. My husband and I also appreciate the hours KinderCare is open. We know our boys enjoy attending KinderCare because they are excited to see their friends and often talk about their day.

- Mother

I have two girls, 4 and 2, who have been at the Savage Kindercare since they were 3 months old. We have experienced working with all the teachers as the girls have grown and I would recommend each and everyone of them. I love knowing that while I am working, they are getting both the very best care and learning. Everyday they are bringing home new skills, projects, experiences, songs, questions about the new things they have learned. We are grateful to have them be a part of our girls lives.

- Mother

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