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Shakopee Valley KinderCare

Colleen Zeiher, Center Director

1308 Greenwood Ct. Shakopee MN 55379
(952) 403-6862 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
at 17th Avenue & Greenwood Ct., West of Kohl's & Target

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing is available TO and FROM Sun Path, Sweeny, Eagle Creek, Jackson, SACS Catholic Elementary Schools. Before school care typically 6:00 AM to 8:45 AM (includes breakfast) and After Care typically 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (includes snack).

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 Shakopee Valley KinderCare in Shakopee, Minnesota. We are excited to meet you and your family. Our center is full of passionate and dedicated teachers. We believe in developing the whole child by focusing on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts.  All of us here are committed to partnering with you to ensure that your child develops a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of self, all while having a whole lot of fun!

Colleen Zeiher, 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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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 invite you to meet our passionate and engaged staff members who are eager to help your child learn and develop new milestones daily. We encourage you to visit our school in order to personally meet each of our teaching staff in person.

  • Colleen Zeiher

    Colleen Zeiher, Center Director

    To dream anything that you want to dream; that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to do; is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits; that is the courage to succeed." - Bernard Edmonds

    Colleen has been with KinderCare Learning Centers since 2001 in multiple roles including Center Director and teacher.  She has been the Director of the Shakopee Valley KinderCare since 2014. Colleen earned her Associates of Applied Science in Child Development from Rasmussen College and Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University - Mankato.  As the center leader, Colleen is committed to building the best possible team of educators to provide a warm, caring environment where children of all ages feel comfortable and can achieve their potential.

    Previous Experience:
    Colleen has worked in all age groups as a teacher and mentor. Past experience includes being a Toddler teacher, Assistant Director, and Peer Coach within her market.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    6/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years
    Education:
    Associates of Applied Science in Child Development; Elementary Education
  • Chelsey Crosby, Assistant Director

    Chelsey started with KinderCare in 2012. She started as a preschool teacher before becoming an assistant director. Chelsey earned her Bachelor's degree at Bemidji State University in Early Childhood Education. Chelsey has experience working with children of all ages. She has a passion for welcoming families and partnering with them to help their child grow!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
    Year Started:
    8/20/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Nikki Lepowsky

    Nikki Lepowsky, Enrollment Specialist

    We stop being good at what we do, when we start thinking what we do is the only way to do it.

    Nikki has been with the KinderCare family since June 2001. She started as a toddler teacher and has experience with Discovery Preschool, Preschool, Pre-K and School-age programs. She has prior experience working with children in youth programs within her church. Nikki earned her Bachelors of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She loves having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our future.  She is also inspired each day by "seeing each child grow through the relationships with their peers and teachers."

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Willow by Denise Brennen-Nelson
    Year Started:
    6/6/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science Child Psychology
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Learning Adventures Tutorial Programs

    Ms. Anna teaches our Learning Adventures programs, which is small-group individualized instruction about Phonics, Math, or Music!   Anna supports our team in all age groups.  Be sure to ask her about Learning Adventures!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, Infant Classroom

    Teaching a child something new or watching a child do something for the very first time is very exciting for me! It's fun helping to shape the mind of a child. Working with infants, for me, is such a rewarding job!

    Ms. Kristin joined Shakopee KinderCare in January 2009 after working at other KinderCare Centers since 2003. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is an Infant teacher. She also has experience with toddlers and two-year-old children.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Vivian

    Ms. Vivian, Infant Classroom

    What do you love most about early childhood education: I love knowing that I make a difference for every child that I teach. What inspires you to come to work each day: The smiling faces and laughs of children motivate me everyday!

    Ms. Vivian loves most about early childhood education is "knowing that I make a difference for every child that I teach." She is inspired to come to work because "the smiling faces and laughs of children motivate me everyday!"

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Vivian has a nursing assistant degree and is working on a child development degree
  • Ms. Sidney

    Ms. Sidney, Toddlers

    On a typical day you can find Ms. Sidney giving hugs, dancing to music, or engaging in an art project with our toddlers!  Sidney loves communicating with our families about their child's daily activities and development.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Sandy

    Ms. Sandy, Preschool

    Encouraging of curiousity, confidence building, and boosting problem-solving skills are a few ways Ms. Sandy supports our Preschoolers to take on the world!  Sandy has regular teacher-family communication, including ways you can continue your child's learning at home.

    Year Started:
    10/7/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Environmental Geography
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Preschool/PreK

    Ms. Danielle helps our children learn literacy and math skills to explore the world around them.  She loves group time and learning about the interests of each child.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Environmental Studies
  • Ms. Jess

    Ms. Jess, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every day is different! I like working with the Prekindergarten age group because they are so excited about learning and about each activity. I like watching them grow and develop the skills needed for kindergarten and I like hearing the stories the children tell.

    Ms. Jess has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies and is licensed in secondary education. She joined KinderCare in February 1999 and has worked with preschool and school age children as well as serving as Assistant Director of another KinderCare center. She has also led various community education classes for ages 4 – 12.

    Year Started:
    2/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies; Secondary Education License
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Kim has been with KinderCare since 1993 and has worked with every age group at another location and currently here in Shakopee with our school age children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a Health minor.

    Year Started:
    11/1/1993
    Tenure:
    23 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a Health Minor
  • Ms. Melode

    Ms. Melode, Cook/Multi-Age Specialist

    Not only does Ms. Melode prepare our nutritious meals here at Kindercare, she also loves learning about and teaching children.  Melode supports all the age groups at our school and also teaches math and science concepts in our Cooking Adventures program!

    Years in ECE industry:
    30
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Specialist Degree

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 Rating - 4 Star Awarded

    Parent Aware Rating - 4 Star Awarded

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Eve, New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas.

Health and Safety

At Shakopee KinderCare, your child's health and safety is of utmost priority. We have an individual dedicated to being our Health & Safety Coordinator. Everyone in contact with children is First Aid and CPR certified and has been trained on center preparedness in the case of any emergency.  We have a secure entrance and perimeter surrounding our school.  All state and national requirements are met.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I want to share with you the reasons why KinderCare is perfect for childcare. First, KinderCare has cared for both of my children. They have prepared them for grade school and provide excellent care while my husband and I work. They are an extension of our family. Our seven-year-old son, now a second grader, still remembers his favorite teachers from KinderCare, and they remember him after a few years.
Our four-year-old daughter is following in her brother's footsteps. She insists on being Ms. Jen when she gets home. When she pretends to be Ms. Jen, she makes sure that we are the students or friends, and then does one of the best teacher impressions that I have ever encountered.
I recommend Kinder Care for any family. They will always be my number one choice!

- Mother

My son, Jacob, started Kindercare at a little over 3 years of age. At that time he did not know any of his letters or know how to sing the alphabet. This was very concerning to me. His educational needs was the main reason we transferred him to Kindercare. He made wonderful progress, but I wanted more for him. I enrolled him in the Phonics class. I was amazed at the progress he made. Within a few weeks he knew not only how to spell his name, he could recognize the letters and write his name free handed on a piece of paper. I still remember the day when he was sitting in his car seat and started spelling his name. I started to cry….. a very proud moment. The next day I thanked his teacher and once again started to cry. He has been in the phonics class for a little over a year and the growth he has made is unbelievable. I cannot recommend this program enough. His current teacher, Mr. Kyle, just told me the other day he is almost to the reading level. I can’t believe my 4 year old is to the point where he can learn to read. Unbelievable. THANK YOU Kindercare for all your hard work and dedication to your students.

Jennifer, Proud Phonics Mom
 

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