Alicia Traore, Center Director
Meet Alicia Traore, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2016
Favorite Children's Book: Llama Llama
Meet Alicia Traore! She is the Center Director at Arden Hills KinderCare in Minnesota. Alicia attended Southwest State University, where she earned a degree in Early Childcare. She has been with KinderCare since 2016, and before that she was a center director for another child care company. “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I was important in the life of a child.” - Forest Witcraft.
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.
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.
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.
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!
There are no words to truly explain how much I appreciate the staff at KinderCare in Arden Hills. I consider myself to be an excessively "protective-mommy" about my child's health, development, and environment. I am so thankful that the staff has gone above and beyond my expectations for my son and all the children at KinderCare. I know my child's teacher(s) care genuinely about him because they provide a lot of enriching activities which are age appropriate and promote child development. They constantly have fun activities for the kids to learn and play and they offer so much support to the children! They always keep me informed on his progress and his strengths and they do not hesitate to call me with any urgent updates. I appreciate their sincerity and every ounce of love they provide my child and all the children in their classroom. Brenda, Tammy, and my child's teachers are always willing to listen to my concerns and openly partner with me to provide the best for my son. The staff is very child focused, friendly, loving, and they are 100% child advocates! They are so balanced with guiding children (for their applicable early childhood phases) to help them develop their social, emotional and academic skills. I love Arden Hills KinderCare and I know my son is well cared for. We would not change centers because we love everyone for their engagement, dedication, and passion for child success!”
Melissa - KinderCare Parent
"We are so happy with KinderCare. Our daughter loves going and never wants to leave. It puts our minds at ease to know our child is receiving such excellent care. We can't imagine our children going to any other daycare provider. We definitely recommend KinderCare."”
Angie & Mike - KinderCare Parent
Our son, Nathan, started attending KinderCare in the Prekindergarten classroom three days a week in September. We are a very busy family and have tried hard to work on letters and numbers in order to prepare him for Kindergarten, but have not been consistent as we would like. It is now April and my son recognizes and can write all 26 letters. He can spell and write his full name. He is also recognizing numbers 0-10 and completing simple addition problems. He is doing all these things a year and a half before attending Kindergarten. I am so amazed by how much he has learned attending school only three days a week. I can only imagine how much he could accomplish if he was able to attend KinderCare five days a week. I am so thankful for the amazing experience we have had as a family and the special attention my son gets each day he is at KinderCare.”
Jenna & Chris - 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.