Arden Hills KinderCare
Meet Jennifer Dayhuff, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2004
Education: Bachelor's Degree in English and Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Pout Pout Fish
Meet Jen Dayhuff! She is the Center Director at Arden Hills KinderCare in Minnesota. Jen attended the University of St. Thomas, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in English. She also attended Grand Canyon University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2004 and was a teacher previously. Outside of work, Jen enjoys being a member of a Mustang car club, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "You don't just wake up and become a butterfly. Growth is a process." - Rupi Kaur
Arden Hills 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.
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.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
“ 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!Show more
“ "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."Show more
“ 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.Show more
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AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.