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West St. Paul KinderCare

Theresa Peltier, Center Director

1541 Humboldt Ave. West St. Paul MN 55118
(651) 451-2772 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS

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West Saint Paul, Minnesota Neighborhood

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We service Garlough Elementary and Moreland Elementary schools. We are currently offering bus services to Lincoln Center for the 2014-2015 school year.


Welcome to the KinderCare Learning Center of West St. Paul! We have loved every minute of the 36 years that our location has been serving the West St. Paul community! We focus on our Service Values each day. This means we build great relationships with families, we communicate daily with families about their children and we resolve issues quickly. We also respond to the unique interests & needs of each child, we genuinely care about each child in our center and we work together to create a warm & welcoming center for our families.  We can't wait for your family to join our KinderCare family!

Theresa Peltier, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

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.


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

The staff at West St. Paul KinderCare have a true love for early childhood learning and education! As a staff we have 130 years of combined service in the childcare field. Our teachers are experienced, creative, passionate and dedicated. We pride ourselves on having outstanding communication with our families, making you feel as if our school is "a home away from home," not only for the children in our care, but for their families as well.

  • Theresa Peltier

    Theresa Peltier, Center Director

    I love working at KinderCare because each day I get to come to work with an extended family. Working with children each day is the most rewarding job I can imagine. Working with people that are passionate about their jobs makes it fun and easy to come to work each day.

    Theresa started her career with KinderCare at the White Bear Lake location as a Teacher's Aide in the Infant Classroom. While working on her Child Development Associate's Credential, Theresa worked as a Teacher in the Prekindergarten room. In 2011 Theresa took the opportunity to work as an Assistant Director at the Oakdale KinderCare, in 2012 she became the Director at that location. Theresa became the Center Director here at the West St. Paul location in December of 2013.

    Previous Experience:
    Theresa has previous experience working as an Infant teacher, Prekindergarten Teacher and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Tracy Droubie

    Tracy Droubie, Assistant Director

    The children and families at our center are amazing and provide me with the inspiration to be my best each day.

    Tracy is the Assistant Center Director at the West St Paul KinderCare. She has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Tracy has been with the West St. Paul KinderCare since 1994, starting out as a school age teacher. Tracy is dedicated to the children and families at our center and extremely passionate about education. Tracy resides in the St. Paul area with her husband and son.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming the Assistant Director, Tracy taught in the school age classroom.
    Year Started:
    23 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Miss Arianna

    Miss Arianna, All Classrooms

    I enjoy working with children because they are energetic, curious and fun. They make me happy each day.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, All Classrooms

    I love working with children because while I am teaching them something new, they are also teaching me. Children teach you to live in the moment and to find joy in all experiences. Most of all, children teach you about unconditional love.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Kristie

    Ms. Kristie, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy teaching because I know that each day we make an impact on the lives of the children and families we serve. It is a great reward.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
  • Ms. Tristen

    Ms. Tristen, Infant Classroom

    I am inspired by watching the infants grow into "little" people. The idea that I help facilitate their growth and development is amazing.

    Year Started:
    28 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the infants grow and learn new things by exploring the world around them.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Evelyn

    Ms. Evelyn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love all of the BIG personalities of the children at our center. I also love the ambition that children have to learn new things.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Bonnie

    Ms. Bonnie, Preschool Classroom

    I take pride in helping children start their learning journey. I love to help foster a love of learning that lasts a life time.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Faiza

    Ms. Faiza, Preschool Classroom

    Working with children is my passion. It gives me energy and fills my life with light and love.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
  • Mr. Marco

    Mr. Marco, School Age Classroom

    Kids say the funniest things...they make me smile and laugh each day. They always have a way of lifting your spirits.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Tanya

    Ms. Tanya, School Age Classrrom

    I love that I take a hand, open a mind and touch a heart each day.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Jody

    Ms. Jody, Toddler Classroom

    I love teaching! This is my teaching motto...'Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Toddler Classroom

    I believe every child is gifted...they just unwrap at different times.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Child Development Associate's Degree

Upcoming Center Activities

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Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor 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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Dutch

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

The Center is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. We are closed on the following days for our Staff Professional Development: President's Day and Columbus Day.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of every child is what is most important to us. We have a keypad entry and fenced in playgrounds. Our staff members go through health and safety training every year. Each employee is required to be certified in First Aid and CPR. We have a Health and Safety Coordinator on our staff that does monthly safety checks. We also have a Public Health Nurse that comes in once a month to check on our Health and Wellness procedures.

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.

Ensuring your children are well cared for while you juggle full-time work and going to school full-time can be very difficult at times. However, when you have an excellent support system such as KinderCare all things seem possible! If it were not for their loving care and guidance neither of my children would have adjusted well to being away from home or me. Initially, my youngest was quite defiant and found it hard adjusting. However, she was never isolated or treated differently. She was encouraged on a daily basis with positive reinforcement to change her behavior and staff worked with her to find ways personally tailored for her to encourage a turnaround in her behavior. At KinderCare, the staff not only cares for my children because they are paid to do so but they personally take on the responsibility for caring for my children because they love them and genuinely cares about their success. Quite often I think how fortunate I have been to have such a wonderful place for my children to spend their time while I have to be at work or school. Nothing can be more comforting for a working “away from home” parent, then to know their children are being well cared for by people who have the same values, hopes, and dreams for your children as you do. Furthermore, when I see my child receive the same love and care from staff that is given to their own children, I am even further comforted by knowing while I am away from my child they are loved by staff like their own.

- Mother

Our child absolutely loves coming to KinderCare! He has so much fun in the infant room. He is growing and learning each day. His teachers have helped him to grow into such a happy and confident baby. He is willing to take risks and challenge himself because his teachers provide the love and support he needs to grow and develop. He is independent and happy. He comes to school each day with a big smile on his face and leaves each day joyful and fulfilled!

- Parents

I have seen my kids grow as an individual as well as intellectually. I love how the staff always have a smile on their face and always try their best to accommodate our children's needs. I was worried about my youngest going through separation anxiety being she was home with me until now, but the teachers in the toddler room have helped her adjust well and she has made friends. We know that she is being well cared for. I recommend the West St. Paul KinderCare to all my friends or anyone who is looking for care. We love KinderCare!

- Mother

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