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St. Louis Park KinderCare

Lacee Dahl, 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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Special Instructions:
East of 100 on Excelsior Blvd., next to Bally's Fitness Center

Neighborhood:
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.

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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 10 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.

Lacee Dahl, 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.

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!

  • Lacee Dahl

    Lacee Dahl, Center Director

    I absolutely love my job. The children make me smile on a daily basis, and my staff inspire me every single day with their hardwork, enthusiasm, and dedication!

    Ms. Lacee is our Center Director of the KinderCare Learning Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She has worked for Knowledge Universe since 2007, where she first began as an Assistant Director at the Rogers location. She became a Center Director in April of 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities Campus, in 2006. She has a strong history of working and volunteering with children and adults with special needs, and pull from those experiences daily.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Center Director at this site, Lacee was an Assistant Director of KinderCare Rogers, and a Center Director of KinderCare Learning Center in Champlin.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Anything written or illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2007
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/ Early Childhood Special Education
  • Ashley Traxler

    Ashley Traxler, Assistant Director

    I love impacting and nurturing children's learning and knowing at the end of the day that I'm helping these children grow!

    Ashley has been our Assistant Director since July 2015.  Caring for others is Ashley's passion, and it shows!  Ashley and her family love spending time together and enjoying the outdoors.  Horseback riding and camping are a few of the adventures they take together.  When Ashley is not with her family, you can guarantee she is loving up her puppy, Colt.

    Previous Experience:
    Ashley began working with children when she was 17 years old. She started at an in-home center followed by transitioning into a nanny and after-school care program (ACES). Before Ashley joined us at KinderCare, she was working as a Lead Infant Teacher in Mankato Minnesota.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Junie B. Jones
    Year Started:
    7/28/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Lauren Kramer

    Lauren Kramer, Program Specialist

    I absolutely love seeing the smile on a child's face when they learn or accomplish something for the first time.  Their curiosity and excitement for life is something I cherish.

    When Lauren is not at KinderCare, she loves spending time outdoors.  Family is important to Lauren, and together they love singing karaoke!  It is not unusual to get a glimpse of Lauren's singing voice in the center. Many times, the tune involves children's songs.

    Previous Experience:
    Lauren has previously worked with KinerCare while she was in college. We welcomed her back at our St. Louis Park KinderCare in February of 2015. Lauren's plan was to work as an elementary education teacher. While she was student teaching during a master's degree program, she remembered her passion for Early Childhood Education and had to make the change.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Thing Are
    Year Started:
    2/16/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, Infant A

    I love watching the children grow and achieve new things.  Knowing that I'm making a difference in their lives and setting their path for the future.  The unconditional love of a child is like no other, and what you put into them, you get to see come our of them 10X stronger!

    Previous Experience:
    Tanya has been caring for people most her life. Working as a personal care assistant for children with disabilities is where it began. She has also been a nanny, worked in a daycare and the nursery at church.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything with Curious George :)
    Year Started:
    12/1/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Anisa

    Ms. Anisa, Infants/Twos

    I love watching the spark of the child's eyes when they really understand what they have learned. It's my favorite to watch children helping their peers.  They may help with a problem or try and comfort each other- If this doesn't make me smile, I don't know what would! :)

    Previous Experience:
    Other than child care, Anisa has also worked with Adults with disabilities. When she is not caring for her own children, she loves being a friend for children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Zella, Zack, and Zodiac By Bill Peet
    Year Started:
    7/28/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Foreign Public Health and Special Education
  • Ms. Jackie, Preschool C

    There are not many jobs where you can walk into work and have every person greet you "Ms. Jackie!!" It's a great way to start the day, and it always puts a smile on my face!

    Previous Experience:
    Jackie has spent time at other child care facilities working with a range in ages. She began at the infant stage and is flexable working with any of the other classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You and Run Away Bunny
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Ms. Angela, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jill

    Ms. Jill, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love getting to be silly with my kids.  Watching them grow & learn something new everyday!

    Previous Experience:
    Jill has been working with children for over 20 years, and it shows! You can quickly see this in her Discovery Preschool Classroom. The children are able to be independent while still relying on Jill for the support they need.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education at Sinclair and also Attended Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • Ms. Marjorie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    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 Classroom (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:
    9 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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Associate's degree in Childhood Development
  • Heidi, Infant A

    I love to watch the children grow and learn all their firsts! I enjoy getting to know them and their families. It means a lot to me that I am making a difference in their lives.

    Previous Experience:
    Heidi first began working at a Montessori school and from there went on to teach in an elementary school as well as Kidstop.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
    Year Started:
    5/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Community Psychology, minor in Child and Family Studies.
  • Theresa

    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
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 10 years
    Education:
    in the process of obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Learning Adventures Classroom

  • Ms. Patricia

    Ms. Patricia, Toddler Classroom

    I cherish the learning moments when I know the child has been helped. Knowing that I am making tomorrow a better place, one child at a time.

    Previous Experience:
    Patricia has worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) as well as a Personal Care Attendent (PCA).
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Curious George
    Year Started:
    10/28/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
    Education:
    Child Development Association (CDA) and some education from MCTC.
  • Mr. Ryan, Preschool

    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
    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. Aiaja

    Ms. Aiaja, Infant Classrooms

    I love working with children because I love to see their growth and their love knowledge.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to work at KinderCare, Aiaja has babysat countless children of varying age groups.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka-Chicka, Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    7/20/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 months
    Education:
    Currently enrolled in a Child Development Association (CDA) program at Rassmusen University.

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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
  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

- 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.

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