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St. Louis Park KinderCare

Ms. Heather Thomas, Center Director

4732 Excelsior Blvd. St. Louis Park MN 55426
(952) 920-8548 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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We are located in the Excelsior and Grand shopping/neighborhood area

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
NONE does not offer Kindergarten and School age care

Welcome to the St. Louis Park KinderCare, where we are proud to educate over 140 children under the age of six!

We also serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance.

Welcome

Here at St. Louis Park KinderCare Learning Center we specialize in child care from ages six weeks to six years old. Our center is one of the largest in the region with 12 classrooms, including programs for Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and Prekindergarten. We are proud to have been a part of this community for 12 years now, serving the families around us and educating their children for readiness in our surrounding educational systems. Our teachers take pride in not only the care they provide your children, but also teaching their students the necessities of growth and development.

Ms. Heather Thomas, 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.

Monthly Activities

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

We are proud to serve you and your family with over 30 experienced staff members, including teachers, directors, and our cook. Our staff have been together in this center for almost 10 years now, many of them becoming staples to each of our programs and to those families. Just as it is easy for parents to feel confident in their children moving up to a new program knowing the reputation of those teachers in the following age groups, we hope it would be just as easy for new parents to feel the same confidence in enrolling their children with our experienced field of educators. We look forward to meeting you!

  • Ms. Heather Thomas

    Ms. Heather Thomas, Center Director

    Ms. Heather is the Center Director here at St. Louis Park KinderCare. She has an associate degree in early childhood education and business management from Rasmussen College. She has worked for KinderCare at multiple locations and this location since 2016. She was a lead Preschool teacher and an Assistant Director for many years prior to becoming a Center Director. Ms. Heather brings a lot of energy and experience to the Center. Her passion and dedication for this field are evident in all of her interactions with children, staff, and parents. Ms. Heather also has two boys that attend the Center.

    Previous Experience:
    Lead Preschool teacher at multiple KinderCare locations and an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    On the Night you were Born

    Year Started:
    5/23/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associate degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Stacy Bush

    Ms. Stacy Bush, Assistant Director

    Knowing you made a little impact on their lives goes a long ways. I love watching the excitement on a child's face when they grasp a new concept.

    Stacy Bush is the Assistant Center Director at KinderCare in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Stacy has a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies from University of Wisconsin Stout where she also played basketball. Stacy started her journey in childcare helping her aunt out at her in-home daycare. It was this job that encouraged her to make working with children her career. After graduating from college, Stacy taught Toddlers for one year before coming to KinderCare and becoming the Prekindergarten teacher. In 2013, she became the Assistant Director at Champlin KinderCare and then transferred to St. Louis Park in 2015. The experiences that Stacy has had since have only furthered her goal of enriching the lives of children through rich and developmentally appropriate curriculum, positive guidance and support.

    Previous Experience:
    Stacy started in the childcare industry working as a Toddler Teacher in Brandon, SD by her hometown. She joined KinderCare as a PreKindergarten teacher at Champlin KinderCare. She then moved into the Assistant Director position.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    3/4/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Laryssa

    Ms. Laryssa, Infant Classroom

    I love seeing the daily growth and changes the children go through.

    Laryssa started working for KinderCare in 2014 at a Center in Washington then transferred to the St. Louis Park location in January. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever

    Year Started:
    1/2/2017
    Years in ECE industry:
    2.5
    Education:
    Laryssa started her college education at Washington State University then moved back to Minnesota to finish her degree at Metropolitan State University for Social Work.
  • Ms. Blanca

    Ms. Blanca, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Blanca worked as a Nanny for 3 children and as an Assistant Teacher at another KinderCare site.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat and Where is my T-R-U-C-K
    Year Started:
    8/23/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Going to school for her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Ashlee

    Ms. Ashlee, PreKindergarten

    I love seeing kids getting excited about learning new things and I love hearing what creative and imaginative things they think of!

    Previous Experience:
    Daycamp counselor for 1st graders, before and after school Program Leader for K-5, and Teachers Assistant for preschool.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
    Year Started:
    11/15/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, PreKindergarten

    Teachers have always had a positive impact on me. I want to be able to give a similar experience to children.

    Previous Experience:
    Camp Counselor (3-5th grade), Nanny in Minneapolis, Bridgedale YMCA in Minnetonka, and Assistant Toddler Teacher in Linden Hills.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hippo, Potto, and Mouse
    Year Started:
    3/17/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Currently attending college for Elementary Education
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Preschool C

    I love teaching because it is not only what I teach the children, but I love what the children teach me.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining KinderCare, Angela worked with children through nannying and working as a dance teacher/theater instructor.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Box Car Children
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Marjorie

    Ms. Marjorie, Discovery Preschool B

    They put a smile on my face everyday. That's why I work here.

    Previous Experience:
    Marjorie has worked in the child care industry, throughout different centers, for 17 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chica-Chica, Boom Boom
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Manisha

    Ms. Manisha, Discovery Preschool B (Lead)

    The best part of my job is not what I can teach the children, but what they teach me.

    Ms. Manisha has been teaching since 1992 and still loves it. She has a 13-year-old daughter who is her pride and joy. Ms. Manisha has always been interested in history and loves to teach her children about presidents and somehow manages to weave history into her curriculum.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Manisha worked for 13 years in Montessori education.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, Association Montessori Internationale Certificate
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Infant B

    I love working with children to help them complete milestones in their lives. I feel blessed to have been in their lives and watch them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kate has worked with KinderCare since 1998. She started off as a Preschool teacher and continued to teach three to four-year-old children for seven years. When Ms. Kate transferred to the St. Louis Park KinderCare, she helped get the Preschool programs up and running. Ms. Kate wanted to further her career with KinderCare and accepted the Assistant Director position at the time in 2007. She held this position for two years, then missed teaching in the classroom and chose to work in the Infant program, and spend more time with her "KinderCare children" and her own son and daughter.
    Year Started:
    8/1/1998
    Tenure:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate's degree in Childhood Development
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Infant D

    The children are the reason I come to work, I love seeing them grow!

    Previous Experience:
    Before KinderCare, Theresa gained experience with young children while working at previous childcare centers in North Dakota and a Family Care Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House
    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 10 years
    Education:
    in the process of obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, Preschool A

    My favorite part of my job is seeing a child's face light up when they understand new concept or idea.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working for KinderCare, Ryan worked as a camp counselor for 2 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Mitten
    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art degree in English from the University of Minnesota and currently enrolled to acquire a Master of Art degree for teaching at Hamline University.
  • Ms. Jenna

    Ms. Jenna, Infant A

    The emotions of children are raw and genuine; it's refreshing to help them learn and grow when they genuinely want to!

    Previous Experience:
    Before starting with KinderCare, Ms. Jenna was a Lead in the children's department at Barnes and Nobles. She also mentored with the Boys and Girls Club and assisted in classrooms at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for 3 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayons
    Year Started:
    4/18/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than a year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
  • Ms. Markesha

    Ms. Markesha, Toddler

    I love seeing the toddlers in my room everyday and watching their developmental growth.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Markesha worked with children at the Lake Calhoun Beach Club prior to beginning her career with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter Series
    Year Started:
    11/9/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    Associates in English
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the kids grow and light up when they are learning a new subject.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Nicole has worked as a nanny before starting at KinderCare
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Stinky Cheese Man
    Year Started:
    5/10/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than a year
    Education:
    Currently attending Normandale Community College

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • 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

As the primary concern of KinderCare is the safety of your children, all parents can be confident in the proper care and education of their children. At our center, we have a keypad entry into our center, and onto the playground as well as daily sign-in and strict identification requirements for authorized drop-off and pick-up. Our rigorous standards for the health and safety of our children also include daily cleaning schedules and strict maintenance requirements. We also have necessities such as fenced-in playgrounds, fire & door alarms, and pinch guards on every door. Each teacher has up-to-date CPR and First Aid certifications and our center participates in monthly fire and tornado drills, leaving nothing to chance in the care of your children.

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.

Our family has been a part of the St. Louis Park KinderCare family for 9 years now. You have an amazing staff, and as we enter what will be our final year all three kids still feel at home here, even though the older two are in school now. KinderCare has brought new friends to our children and to us and we will be forever grateful for how they have cared for and prepared our children for school and life.

- Mother

We love the care given by all the teachers, but love the fact that many have been at the center as long as we have. We trust them (Mark, Kathy, Kate, Manisha, Majorie, Melissa, etc) and know that they care about our girls. It will be sad when we leave in June after 7+ years with KinderCare.

- Mother

My husband and I started looking for a learning center for our son months before he was born, as soon to be first time parents we wanted to make sure we found the right fit for our little guy and our family. We looked at many facilities, but KinderCare in particular because of its proximity to our home and the glowing reviews of our neighbors. Upon walking in the door we were immediately drawn to the warm personalities of all of the staff and just knew it was the perfect place for our son’s first educational experience. As we look back on the first year of his life and how happy he is, we know we have our KinderCare ‘family’ to thank for much of that!

- Mother

KinderCare has been a very positive experience for our daughter. She has learned so much and loves coming to school everyday to see her friends and teachers. The staff go the extra mile to ensure she has a positive experience. We really enjoy bringing her and feel confident she is well cared for.

- Parents

As I am sure you know, we are very grateful for all the great care our child receives at KinderCare. Your staff has been so patient and caring of Tyler and I don't know what we would have done if we had not come upon such a wonderful Center. I am sure that the interaction Tyler experiences at such a young age will help set him up for Elementary school, and in reality, affect his entire adult life as well. Keep up the great job and know that your Center is the best in the Twin Cities.

- Father

I am very happy, and often think how fortunate I have been, to know that each day I go to work, my children go to a place where they are loved. Nothing can be more comforting for a working parent, then to know their children are being well cared for by people who have the same values, hopes and dreams for their children as they do. The level of personalized attention for both parents and children is unmatched. For Sami, the teachers have done a wonderful job teaching him his letters, numbers, art, creativity & also important social & behavior skills. I can’t be with him 24/7 and I am glad they are there when I’m not. I would like to thank the entire staff at KinderCare, for your patience and determination since I know that Sami is not an easy child to deal with! For Jad, his teachers are very nurturing and loving and I believe the best testimonial would be the wide gummy smiles and cute giggles that he gives them as soon as he sees them. I love all the care and stimulation that the VERY patient teachers give Jad day in and day out. Both Sami and Jad are happy Children & really enjoy going to your center. Day care providers are truly teachers, nurses, counselors and much much more. Thank you for all your love & support!

- Mother

We love the teachers and the bright, clean sunny rooms!

- Mother
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