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Carver Lake KinderCare

Deanna Leas, Center Director

6435 Lake Rd. Terrace Woodbury MN 55125
(651) 714-1078 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
off Hwy 494 & Lake Rd behind the Super America

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bussing is available TO and FROM Bailey, Carver, Liberty Ridge, Middleton, New Life Academy, Newport, Red Rock, Royal Oak, St. Ambrose, Skyview, Valley Crossing, and Woodbury Elementary and Transfiguration.

We are dedicated to teaching our young children with our Early Foundations Learning curriculum.  The curriculum is written for the staff so that they can spend more time with the children.  They are able to add enhancements with each theme so as to add to the children’s learning experience.

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Our center serves families from Woodbury, South Maplewood, Oakdale and St. Paul! We provide transportation to all schools in Woodbury as well as Carver Elementary in Maplewood and Skyview and Transfiguration in Oakdale. We provide back up care for families if their home care provider is unavailable. We love being able to be a part of children's lives and helping them learn and grow!

Deanna Leas, 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.

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


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.


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.


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. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed


      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

As a team we have over 100 years of combined service for KinderCare!

  • Deanna Leas

    Deanna Leas, Center Director

    I love getting to know the famillies and children. I love being a part of every child's life.

    Deanna started out at the City Center KinderCare in 1998. She was able to work in all of the classrooms and enjoyed each age group. She moved into the Program Specialist role and soon realized she wanted her own center. She is so excited to work with all of the families and children that walk through this center. I look forward to getting to know your family as well!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology
  • Abbey Auger

    Abbey Auger, Assistant Director

    I love walking into a classroom and getting rushed with hugs! Also watching children learn and grow is the best feeling a person could have! I love my job!

    Abbey has been with KinderCare since 2007. She started at our White Bear location as a Toddler and Infant teacher. She has worked with children for over fourteen years. Abbey helped out at a couple other centers as an acting Assistant Director before she came to Woodbury to be our permanent Assistant Director. Abbey loves coming to work everyday! She always is saying hello to parents and children, making sure the teachers have everything they need and always willing to help out where she is needed!

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
  • Ms. Carolyn

    Ms. Carolyn, Infant Classroom

    Watching the children grow and learn is amazing. I love all the smiling faces and hugs I get everyday!

    Ms. Carolyn works in our infant classroom. She has been with KinderCare since 2000 and has her Child Development Associate credential. Ms. Carolyn loves coming to work everyday to help the infants as they move from laying to sitting to crawling to walking. She enjoys that she is able to see them as they make this transformation into toddlers. She is such an asset to the infant class. The parents and babies love her!

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Jlynn

    Ms. Jlynn, Infant classroom

    I love watching the little ones grow and reach new milestones. It's exciting to see the changes and being part of it!

    Ms. Jlynn's favorite part of the day is snuggling with all the little babies. She does a great job incorporating the curriculum with the young children! She holds a special bond with the little babies and they all love her!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Kayla

    Ms. Kayla, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Kayla started out at The Carver Lake KinderCare as a Discovery Preschool teacher. She recently has moved to our older infant room and loves every minute of it. She is very kind and gentle and the babies love having her as a teacher to snuggle with. Kayla has a three year old daughter of her own, so she has a lot of experience with younger children.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors Human Development Family Studies
  • Ms. Ka

    Ms. Ka, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ka is the newest member of our staff and is super excited to work with the Toddler classroom. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Ka has a very upbeat caring personalilty and loves being with this age group! She is a very sensitive teacher who works very well with students of various backgrounds and learning capabilities.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors in Psychology
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The children inspire me to come to work everyday! The energy they have sure keeps me feeling young!

    Ms. Lori began her career with KinderCare back in 1986. She has a degree in Elementary Education and has worked with the toddler/twos age group her whole tenure with KinderCare. She loves that age group because she loves to see them as they prepare for preschool and all that they can accomplish at such a young age. Ms. Lori is a true gem to have at our center.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Being able to see each child grow individually is what makes me happy!

    Ashley has a great positive attitude and loves being in the Discovery Preschool classroom. She loves that the children come in eager to learn and she get to be a part of that learning experience. She also knows the importance of having fun!!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Teacher Aide
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Julie came to us from another center ready to teach and have fun! She has had loads of fun learning the children's routines and getting them ready for the Preschool Classroom.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Philicia

    Ms. Philicia, Preschool Classroom

    Seeing the children learn inspires me to be here every day!

    Ms. Philicia comes to us as a military veteran. She has her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education. She is excited to be here and learn how children start their learning in our young Preschool classroom!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Preschool Classroom

    Amanda is one of our Discovery Preschool teachers. She works along side Ms. Lori teaching the two year olds. They are a fun combination to have in that classroom. They are teaching the children new things everyday while learning new things themselves. Amanda loves grouptime with the kids and loves watching the learn new things daily. The joy on their faces when Ms. Amanda walks in the classroom is priceless!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, PreKindergarten Classroom

    I wake up every morning knowing that my role as a Preschool teacher involves shaping our future. Watching the children in my classroom learn and grow makes me feel like I am doing right in my part as an educator.

    Ms. Stephanie started at KinderCare as our Toddler teacher but just recently moved to our Preschool room. Before starting at KinderCare, Stephanie worked in a 2nd grade classroom as a Teacher's Aide. She has three children of her own and loves camping and gardening. She loved to bring this love in to the classroom and brings the curriculum outdoors. She is excelling in the Preschool classroom and so are her children!

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Assosicates in Education
  • Ms. Sharon

    Ms. Sharon, Prekindergarten Classroom

    It is a joy to help children reach the goal of being ready for Kindergarten.

    Ms. Sharon began working with KinderCare back in 1992. She has her Child Development Associate credentials. She works with our Early Foundations Prekindergarten curriculum! Ms. Sharon has so many years of experience that she is able to add in extra activities to do with the children in regards to their theme! Any child who has had an older sibling in Ms. Sharon's room cannot wait until they are in her room!

    Year Started:
    24 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Child Development Associate's credential
  • Ms. Stephanie W.

    Ms. Stephanie W., Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Stephanie is the afternoon PreK teacher and a wonderful addition to our Kindercare family. She makes any child that enters her classroom feel comfortable and happy. She strives for art and imagination! She helps the children use thier imagination and created the coolest projects with them! Come check out all the fun things going on in her classoom!

    Year Started:
    Assistant Teacher
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, School Age Classroom

    It is fun to see how much the kids learn and grow while they are in the school age classroom. I love being part of their lives each day!

    Ms. Tricia is our Kindergarten/School Age teacher! She has worked for KinderCare since 2001 and has her degree in Elementary Education. If you are driving around town, you might see Ms. Tricia out on one of our buses. She does the majority of transportation to the schools and then works with the kids in the morning, afternoons, school release days and summer! Ms. Tricia is also our Learning Adventures teacher and it puts a smile on her face to see when a child learns a new letter sound, or starts to put sounds together to form words!

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education Degree
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, School Age Classroom

    I love helping with their homework and being able to see improvements from the first day of school to the last.

    Ms. Katie is one of our School Age teachers. During the school year she will help out in other classrooms during the day and then get the kids off the bus for the afternoon. During the summer she is strictly in the classroom with the kids, teaching them all the fun new things our curriculum has to offer. She has been at Kindercare for 2 years and she is an awesome addition to our school age Classroom.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates credential
  • Mr. Nick

    Mr. Nick, School Age

    Mr. Nick is an afternoon School Age teacher. He brings fun to learning in the classoom. Nick has worked with kids as a camp counselor and he also was an early childhood substitute teacher for the Twins Cities area before working with KinderCare. In his spare time, Nick volunteers as a Team Captain for Game Changer Charity, a foundation that donates technology and funds to children with terminal illnesses. He is a great addition to our wonderful team!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mr. Dylan

    Mr. Dylan, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Dylan helps out in the School Age classroom each morning. He is also the School Age teacher at our Knowledge Beginnings Woodbury location in the afternoons. He loves getting on the floor and playing blocks, a game of checkers or really any activity the children like. He also treats all the children fairly and equally!

    Assistant Teacher

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

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

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

We have a Health Nurse who visits once a month to touch base with us in regards to what is new in Health and Safety. Ms. Sharon is our Health and Safety Coordinator and she monitors illness logs and conducts fire and disaster drills for us.

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 daughter (who is four) has been at Carver Lake KinderCare for about a year now. We came to KinderCare after a difficult experience at another center. She has been thriving at KinderCare and they have welcomed her with open arms and love her. She loves going to KinderCare and we are thankful for all the staff and what they have done for her.

- Mother

My son started at the Carver Lake KinderCare when he was six months old. Danielle and Abbey welcomed us in with open arms. They made sure that even before my son started we had all of our questions answered, and that we felt completely comfortable and right at home. Throughout our time at Carver Lake KinderCare, we have had nothing but wonderful teachers who each have impeccable communication. My son is growing and exceeding all milestones and loves going to daycare. We cannot thank the KinderCare staff enough, for they have truly made us a part of their family!

- Mother

My daughter has been at the Carver Lake KinderCare since she was 6 weeks old. She has loved all of her teachers and she has learned so much. She was enrolled in the Learning Adventures class offered at the center to help prepare her for school. She is now in the Gifted and Talented program at her school! I thank the staff at KinderCare for all they did to help prepare her for school!

- Father

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