Skylar Stewart, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 10 years
West off of Cedar or 77 on 145th St. by the Kwik Trip gas station
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greenleaf, Parkview, Highland, Cedar Park, and West View Elementary Schools
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Skylar Stewart, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2010
Education: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite Children's Book: Harry Potter
Meet Skylar Stewart! She is the Center Director at Apple Valley KinderCare in Minnesota. Skylar attended University of Minnesota - Duluth and University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She has been with KinderCare since 2010, and has 15 years of experience in early childhood education across all age groups. "It takes a big heart to help shape little minds." – Unknown. Outside of work, Skylar enjoys crafting, playing sports, and the many BBQs and get-togethers spent with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Apple Valley KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
I cannot give enough praise to the teachers at this center. They have made my daughter's experience at KinderCare truly enriching.
She's been at the same center since she was a only a few months and has grown to be an energetic two-year-old. I still see her teachers who cared for her while she was in the infant room. They ask me questions about her. My daughter still runs to them and gives them big hugs. I can see and feel that they care about my daughter.
With that being said, the teachers have a sense of pride in the work that they do. This is evident in the way they interact with the kids there. My daughter loves to go to school, playing, seeing her friends, and her teachers. Therefore, I am grateful to all of the teachers at this center because I know she is being cared for by people who care. Even when I am not there, I know that she is safe, happy, learning, and having a great time all the while.”
Daniel - KinderCare Parent
I would not trust my children to any other childcare center than a KinderCare, especially our Apple Valley KinderCare.The teachers, Assistant Director, and Director are all so incredibly wonderful, caring and helpful. They put the children first and treat every children equally.
My son started at this center about three years ago when he turned two-years-old. My daughter started when she was just about seven-weeks-old weeks. When I am at work, I have full trust that my children are well cared for as well as educated. Definitely go check them out! They have made me such a happy mother of two!”
Kelsey - KinderCare Parent
I am a mother of a witty, smart, and curious tot. I have held numerous jobs and going to school so my life is far from easy. KinderCare has been a place of safety and support for me and my child. I needed a place where I could be at ease that my daughter is getting a education, love, and freedom to learn about herself. I enjoy picking her up and being able to communicate with all of the staff, not just her teachers. KinderCare has truly been a blessing for me and my daughter and I appreciate everything this center does.
Keep up the WONDERFUL work!”
Tescia B. - KinderCare Parent
Our first born son started with KinderCare when he was twelve weeks old. He made his way through the Center until he was five years old and started Kindergarten. He made a lot of friends, had a great time each day, and learned a lot from his teachers and classmates. He always knew his day as going to "school" because he knew he would be learning new things each day. I am always amazed at the type of activities the kids are involved with during the day and the types of messes the teachers put up with. I know as a mom I would never do half of the fun things at home that they get to do at KinderCare. Our son continues to share stories from KinderCare, has play-dates with kids he met there, and enjoys picking up his little brother with us in the evening.
Our second born son also attends the Center. Like his older brother, he started at twelve weeks' and will continue until he is five years old and attending Kindergarten. As the second child, he likes to "get into things" and strives for attention. The teachers have a lot of patience, work with him each day, and enjoy his presence.
It is obvious to us the teachers and staff care about our child's journey. Nicole is a great Director and takes good care of her families. We never doubt our decision to leave our children in their care each and every day, and many days for very long hours. We have also been fortunate to make new friends through the Center and get to know the teachers very well. We are happy with our decision for child care and highly recommend KinderCare to anyone looking for a child care center.”
Kelli S. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Apple Valley KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Apple Valley KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.