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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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Special Instructions:
"Crossroads of Thompson and Humboldt " one block west of Roberts Street

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.

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 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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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.

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

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:
    22 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
    9 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:
    27 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:
    11 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:
    1 Year
  • 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:
    10 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:
    14 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:
    1 Year
    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:
    2 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:
    15 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:
    9 Years
    Child Development Associate'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

  • 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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