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East St. Paul KinderCare

Elizabeth Leach, Center Director

2070 Burns Ave. St. Paul MN 55119
(651) 731-1815 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Saint Paul Public Schools Department of Transportation provides transportation to and from our center for children attending Saint Paul Public Schools. For information about transportation for children enrolled in Saint Paul Public Schools to our facility, please contact transportation at 651-696-9600.

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 the East Saint Paul KinderCare serving families in the greater Eastside and surrounding areas!  We offer a world class curriculum to children six weeks to twelve years old.  Our program is nationally recognized and aligns with all of the state standards to ensure kindergarten readiness for every child.  We offer a before and after school program for children enrolled in the local elementary schools.  We also provide camps during the summer, winter, and spring break for children when the school district is closed.  We encourage families to participate in our fun family events, community socials, open houses, and parent teacher conferences.  We are proudly accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  We are a licensed center with a 4 start rating in the state of Minnesota.  Our facility is conveniently located near local businesses, with easy access to the bus lines and Interstate 94.  We would love to welcome you into our KinderCare Family!

Elizabeth Leach, 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

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.

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

Our staff are committed educators that are passionate about children.  Our staff develop strong bonds with the children and families we serve. When you enroll, you become an important part of the East Saint Paul KinderCare family.  Our staff will value your child as a unique individual to be nurtured, protected, and respected at all times.  Our staff can't wait to offer your child a rich environment and a variety of experiences to meet your child's rapidly developing skills!   Our staff are thrilled to tell you about your child's experiences through regular communication.  They will listen carefully and respond quickly to any concerns you may have.  We consider it a privilege to serve your family!
 

  • Elizabeth Leach

    Elizabeth Leach, Center Director

    My vision is that every child who comes through our door is offered endless opportunities to learn and grow in a loving and caring environment.

    Elizabeth Leach began working for KinderCare in September 2002.  She began her career with KinderCare working with toddlers and teaching small group reading classes.  Elizabeth became the assistant director at another KinderCare location and became the center director of that KinderCare location in 2009.  Elizabeth transferred to the East Saint Paul location in September 2014.  She and her family live in Cottage Grove with her 4 boys.  Her two younger boys, Nathanael and Isaac attend the East Saint Paul KinderCare.  Elizabeth believes that all children should have access to a high quality early childhood education that includes a developmentally appropriate curriculum, knowledgeable and well-trained educators, comprehensive services that support their health, nutrition, and social well-being.

    Previous Experience:
    Elizabeth taught pre-kindergarten for 2 years with another company becoming employed with KinderCare.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    Year Started:
    6/11/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Mr. Ned Cohen

    Mr. Ned Cohen, Assistant Center Director

    Ned genuinely loves working for KinderCare.  This is Ned's first job out of college, and he has already decided that he wants to work for KinderCare until he retires!  Ned values the relationships he has with the children and their families.  He loves waking up every morning knowing that he has the opportunity to be  a part of helping children develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.  Ned is honored to be a part of you and your child's life.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Ned worked for 10 years at summer camp in all positions from Counselor to management and has also worked in after school programs for 6 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Grouchy Ladybug
    Year Started:
    8/11/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Economics
  • Mr. Daphine Walker

    Mr. Daphine Walker, Assistant Center Director

    I inspire... children.

    Daphine loves working at East Saint Paul KinderCare.  She has worked with children for as long as she can remember and can't imagine working in another field.  Miss Daphine loves coming to work knowing that she has the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.  She works to maintain a positive and strong relationship with the families in her care.  Daphine truly values the relationships she has developed with the children and  families.  She has been a part of the East Saint Paul KinderCare since 2009 and looks forward to many more years.

    Previous Experience:
    Daphine was a nanny for eight years. She worked in childcare centers since 2004. She has worked with every age group from Infant to School Age.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    9/29/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Discovery Preschool

    Amanda has loved children her entire life.  When Amanda was a child she knew that she wanted to be a teacher and be around children for her career.  Amanda has completed early childhood courses from Rasmussen College.  She started at KinderCare in December 2011 as an intern for her early childhood courses.  She quickly decided she wanted to stay with KinderCare and she started employment at another KinderCare location in October 2012.  Amanda has taught children starting at the toddler age and all the way up to prekindergarten.

    Previous Experience:
    Amanda completed a internship at Cottage Grove KinderCare for almost a year. She loved working here so much that she became a teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    10/23/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credentials
  • Mr. Rob

    Mr. Rob, Preschool

    Rob is on of our preschool teachers.  He started his teaching career in a school-age classroom at another location.   Rob gradutated from Hamline University with a Major in English and a Minor in Education. He is passionate about building bonds with the students and families in his classroom.  Rob enjoys playing with the children and making it a fun environment for everyone!

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Rob student taught at Murray Junior High and Parkview Elementary School.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 months
    Education:
    Major in English Minor in Education
  • Ms. Ka Lia

    Ms. Ka Lia, Infants

    Ka Lia graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 2013 with a B.A. in sociology.  Ka Lia enjoys planning fun and exciting experiences for the infants. She believes that her babies should be exposed to many different experiences.  Ka Lia looks forward to the opportunity to eat meals with her babies every day while creating a family home like setting.  She is passionate about encouraging them to explore and learn through play.  Ka Lia builds strong relationships with families.  Our families rave about the individual attention that Ka Lia gives to the children and families.

    Previous Experience:
    Ka Lia has previously worked with ECFE Early Childhood Family and Education program through AmeriCorps VISTA.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Rainbow Fish
    Year Started:
    4/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    College of Saint Benedict B.A. Sociology Degree
  • Ms. Jen, Infants

    A person's a person no matter how small. -Dr. Seuss

    Jen started at KinderCare in her last year of schooling. She finished her degree and graduated with a 3.96 GPA in music at Apostolic Bible Institute.  She has taken several courses in child psychology, child development and education.  Jen is passionate about giving the infants experiences every day.  She also enjoys supporting and encouraging physical strengthening and coordination such as: crawling, standing, walking, jumping, clapping, and dancing.

    Previous Experience:
    Jen worked at children's camps, she was a tutor at Calvary Baptist School, and a Sunday School Teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Amelia Bedelia
    Year Started:
    2/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelor in Music with child development and education courses
  • Ms. Juanita

    Ms. Juanita, Infants

    Ms. Juanita has been working for KinderCare as of May 26, 2015.  She graduated in the year of 1973 in Gary, Indiana from Roosevelt High School. Juanita went on to get her Child Development Credential.  She started doing childcare in the year of 1984 in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she has continued working in childcare.  Ms. Juanita loves to interact with all ages of children.  She is a people person and loves working with others.

    Previous Experience:
    Juanita has worked in child care since November of 1984. She owned her own day care for 15 years. She has worked in child care in Minnesota, Nevada, and Georgia.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    5/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credentials
  • Ms. Lynn

    Ms. Lynn, Discovery Preschool

    A person's a person no matter how small. -Dr. Seuss

    Lynn started her career with KinderCare at the Cottage Grove Location.  She took an opportunity at the East Saint Paul KinderCare to help support the accreditation process and be a toddler teacher.  Lynn is passionate about health and safety in her classroom.    She is a loving teacher that treats the children as her own.  Lynn's loving and nurturing care for the children offer them opportunity to grow and learn in a family like setting.  Ms. Lynn also enjoys using her skill of creativity to enhance the curriculum and the children's experiences.

    Previous Experience:
    Lynn has worked in 2 other daycare facilities. She also operated a home daycare for 23 years. Lynn has implemented different curriculums for children birth to 12 years old. She has attended many different trainings. Lynn has also worked with children with special needs.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother? By Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    9/6/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    Child Development Degree
  • Ms. Jailin

    Ms. Jailin, Discovery Preschool

    Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive more youer than you. -Dr. Seuss

    Jailin enjoys being around children.  She loves coming to work every day because she feels that her time spent with the children is fun and meaningful!  Jailin brings a lot of excitment and laughter to the classroom.  She feels that a loving and caring staff is vital to her toddlers growth and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Jailin has spent many years babysitting neighbors and family members.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka-Chicka, Boom-Boom
    Year Started:
    4/16/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Prekindergarten

    What would be the point of life if we didn't let it change us?

    Amanda has been at the East Saint Paul KinderCare since fall 2014.  While attending college for communication disorders she had a position in customer service.   She decided she wanted to work with children after graduating.  Amanda loves giving the children opportunities to express their creativity.  Amanda is proud to make a difference in a child's life every day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    10/27/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 months
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Prekindergarten

    So often children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet we as adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect, and we must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can't attain ourselves.

    Melissa loves working  at East Saint Paul KinderCare. She started working in the toddler classroom for the first couple of months and then moved to the prekindergarten classroom.  She is currently enrolled in the Child Development Associate classes at Rasmussen College.   Melissa loves teaching the children new things every day and seeing them grow.

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa was a long term nanny for a family for serveral years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Pete the Cat
    Year Started:
    5/7/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Currently in school for Child Development
  • Ms. Cortney

    Ms. Cortney, School Age

    Children are not things to be molded but people to be unfolded.

    Ms. Cortney loves coming to work at East Saint Paul KinderCare everday! She began working at East Saint Paul KinderCare in June of 2014. She has been working in the school age classroom since she started her career with KinderCare.  Cortney also enjoys teaching phonics in our Learning Adventures program.  She graduated from Hamline University with a Bachelor's Degree in legal studies and criminal justice.  She loves doing science projects with the children and helping them learn and grow each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Cortney worked at Hamline Elementary for 3 years. She was a teachers aide in rooms ranging from 5 to 12 years old.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Footprints in the Snow
    Year Started:
    6/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree
  • Mr. Mac

    Mr. Mac, School Age

    A person's a person no matter how small. -Dr. Seuss

    Mac is attending Augsburg College and pursuing his degree in exercise science. June 2015.  Mac loves teaching the kids and also loves the opportunity to learn new things from the kids.  Mr. Mac also loves doing group activities in the classroom.  He feels that teamwork is an skill that children need to learn at this age.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Mac was a camp counselor for a summer.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Pursuing Excersie Science B.S. 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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

Memorial Day
July 3rd
Labor Day
Colombus Day
Thanksgiving
The Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
New Years Day
President's Day

Health and Safety

Our center is located behind a Senior Living Center and a quiet neighborhood.  We keep our building secure with a security coded door.  Children are only released to  parents and those people that are designated by the parent.  To ensure that safety practices are followed, our center has a Health and Safety Coordinator who is trained on center safety.  This coordinator does daily, weekly and monthly safety checks.  In addition to that, our center hires a registered nurse to visit our facility monthly to help us ensure safety and health.  Staff are required to pass a background study before having contact with children.  We also require that all employees are CPR and First Aid trained.

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.

My daughter is two years old, and has been enrolled with KinderCare since she was six weeks. My daughter's teachers are an amazing gift to my daughter. As a parent, I was in shock as I walked into the classroom one day and watched my child go to the bookcase, pick out a book and sat down and read the whole book. I was so shocked that tears came to my eyes. I could not be happier with the growth that I have seen in my daughter's education.

- Mother

I love the staff my children encounter every day at KinderCare. They are always professional and friendly.

- Mother
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