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Shoreview KinderCare

Kimberly Baar, Center Director

4650 Hodgson Rd. Shoreview MN 55126
(651) 482-9598 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
between Hwy 35E & 35W behind the North Oaks Village Center

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Island Lake, Rice Lake Turtle Lake

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Welcome to Shoreview KinderCare. Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.

You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills.

Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Kimberly Baar, 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.

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 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.


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. Thursday October 29, 2015
    1. Fall Festival


  2. Tuesday November 10, 2015
    1. Picture Day!


Teachers & Staff

The staff at Shoreview KinderCare have been serving the Shoreview community for over 30 years!  We have combined experience of 188 years serving children.  As a group we are comprised of dedicated Early Childhood Education professionals that are dedicated to meeting individual needs of each child. We are committed to partnering with our families and building lasting relationships with them.

  • Kimberly Baar

    Kimberly Baar, Center Director

    I am pleased to be part of such an amazing team of educators. Creating learning environments that prepare children for Kindergarten is the focus of our school. I enjoy watching teachers motivate children to be their best.

    Kimberly comes to the Shoreview team with many years of expereince leading teams and investing in quality education. She is the Mother to three children, Farrah(18), Gavin(14) and Abby(3). Spending time with her family, vacationing to her hometown in Pennsylvania and creating educational experiences for her own chidren is some of her favorite personal activities.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Cat In The Hat - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Suzy Pannkuk

    Suzy Pannkuk, Assistant Director

    What you plant now, you will harvest later.

    Suzy is the Assistant Director at our center. She enjoys all age groups and spending time with each of them daily. Suzy is a great resource for our teachers and goes above and beyond to help with the needs of our center!  Suzy enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.  She enjoys going to her family cabin, cooking, and she loves animals.

    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Communicational Disorders
  • Ms. Janet

    Ms. Janet, Infant Classroom

    Everything happens for a reason." - Unknown

    Ms. Janet's experience allows our families  to rely on Janet for encouragement and support as their infants learn new surroundings and adjust to their new school. Janet is truly the foundation of our center. She enjoys her classroom because she is able to snuggle, teach, encourage, nurture and play each and every day!

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
  • Ms. Judie

    Ms. Judie, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

     Ms. Judie is our Pre-K teacher and also our Health and Safety Coordinator. She lives in Lino Lakes with her husband Dave. Two of her grandchildren attended KinderCare from infants to preschool.  Judie graduated from Centenial High School in Circle Pines and has taken several college courses pertaining to childcare.  In her free time she loves to scrapbook, bowl, and golf.

    Year Started:
    27 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Assistant Teacher's Credential
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, PreKindergarten Classroom

    Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

    Ms. Julie lives in New Brighton with her husband and three daughters.  Each of her children have attended KinderCare and grew up in our center. Julie enjoys the Pre-K children because they are independent and eager to learn. Julie is knowledgable about Kindergarten readiness best practices and has helped many children transition to Kindergarten. She loves the smiles on the children's faces when they learn something new.

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Ms. Jen

    Ms. Jen, School Age Classroom

    An Irish Blessing"

    May your troubles be less...
    and your blessings be more...
    and nothing but happiness come through your door.

    Ms. Jen grew up in Shoreview and graduated from Moundsview High School.  She went to the University of Saint Thomas, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Spanish.  She is actively involved in the St. Patrick's Association of St. Paul, where she serves as the Chair of the Miss Shamrock Committee.  When Jen is not at KinderCare, she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, and shopping.  She really likes shoes and purses!

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Ms. Becca

    Ms. Becca, Infants

    Ms. Becca is one of the newest team members to our center and we are so proud to have her join us.  Becca brings a nurturing spirit to our Infant classroom every afternoon. She is passionate about providing quality care for each and every Infant and enjoys communicating with families and getting to know them personally.

    Previous Experience:
    Becca serves you with many years of expereince working at an In-Home provider with her Mom. As shew as growing up, she was able to help her Mother and learn valuable skills that have helped her be successful at our center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Deb, Infant Classroom

     Deb lives in North Branch with her Husband, Son and Daughter.  They enjoy camping, traveling and shopping together.  Deb's knowledge of Early Childhood Education expands from Infancy to Preschool.  She enjoys creating and building relationships with families throughout our centr and  takes every moment she is with a child to teach and create a memory.  Deb works hard to create an environment where trust is the foundation of relationships. Her favorite color is Melon.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Monster At The End Of This Book - Jon Stone
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Bachelors Degree in
  • Ms. Becky

    Ms. Becky, Discovery Preschool

    Today was good.  Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. - Dr. Seuss

    Becky spends her day with our Toddler and Discovery Preschool children.  Becky enjoys seeing the smiles on the children's faces and loves hearing the laughter from the children.   She helps impletment quality curriculum to the children at many different levels.   She comes to us with a strong background of Health Education and phyical activity with the children is a priority for her.  Becky loves most when she sees the face of a child learning something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox in Socks - Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Of Science
  • Ms. Kris

    Ms. Kris, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children -Walt Disney

    Ms. Kris is part of our Toddler and Discovery Preschool classroom and loves this age group.  She enjoys the energy the children bring to the classroom because they always are eager to learn something new. Kris has a sense of accomplishment when she watches them develop a new concept.  Our Discovery Preschool Classroom is the perfect fit for Kris, as she is energetic and positive to their development.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mouse Was Mad - Linda Urban
    Year Started:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 years

October 2015 Events

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  1. Thursday October 08, 2015
    1. Ms. Janet's 25th Anniversary

  2. Monday October 12, 2015
    1. Professional Development Day

  3. Tuesday October 13, 2015
    1. Breakfast For Parent's

  4. Wednesday October 14, 2015
    1. Ms. Kimberly's 11th Anniversary

  5. Thursday October 15, 2015
    1. Ms. Suzy's 8th Anniversary

  6. Thursday October 29, 2015
    1. Fall Festival


About Our Center

Early Foundations® Transitional Kindergarten is an enhanced learning program during which children work collaboratively while building a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond. The program is designed to meet the needs of children who have completed or mastered prekindergarten but did not meet the cutoff date for kindergarten. Enhanced whole-group activities and project related learning activities help engage children in key competency areas such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Awards and Recognition

  • Parent Aware 4 Star Rating

    Parent Aware 4 Star Rating

Special Features

  • Year-round programs
  • Healthy, well-balanced breakfast, lunch and snack served

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independance Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Your child's health and safety is our priority! All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified. In addition,all staff are trained in Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site who conducts monthly fire and disaster drills and daily checks of the center, playground and equipment. We are visited monthly by a Public Health Nurse who reviews our policy and procedures. Our center has a secured entrance and our playground is fenced in.

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.

There are many good choices in the Twin Cities for childcare, but KinderCare in Shoreview on Hodgson Road continues to exceed our expectations in many areas: There is an amazingly low rate of turnover among the teachers who seem more like members of an extended family then co-workers. We value the center's attention to parent communication and appreciate things such as the posting of photos and daily summaries of our child's day. In addition, the center cooks the food it serves on site and we love that our child eats a vast variety of foods at KinderCare.

- Parents

I have seen my child grow from Toddler-hood into a more independent Preschooler. He has developed fine and gross motor skills, better coordination and is more confident then ever! He has developed friendships and what it takes to be a life long learner. The staff at KinderCare is courteous and dedicated!

- Mother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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