Sarah Franklin, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 8 years
Hwy 100 and Summit and Earle Brown Drive
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Sarah Franklin, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2009
Education: Associate of Arts in Elementary Education.
Favorite Children's Book: Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom.
Meet Sarah Franklin! Sarah is the Center Director at Brookdale KinderCare in Minnesota. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Sarah has been with KinderCare for twelve years now and has seventeen years of Early Childhood Education experience. Her favorite quote is, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys shopping, crafting, and watching movies.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
We’re so proud!
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Brookdale 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.
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!
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!
I have never felt more at ease then I do bringing my kids to KinderCare. I know that the teachers will treat my children as if they were their own. I truly feel that they want the best for my kids and go out of their way to make sure they can teach my kids in a way that they learn best. I would (and do!) recommend KinderCare to all my friends! Thank you!”
Carrie J. - KinderCare Parent
My sons and I would like to say thanks for helping them create their wall of art! With all the help from their teachers allowing them to be creative and draw!! We really appreciate it and I keep all their work to remind them how much they have accomplished at KinderCare!
Chandra H. - KinderCare Parent
"I would like to take this opportunity to express how much we appreciate the awesome job you two (Carla K. and Lori) and Carla M. have done in really turning our son's behavior around.
Actually, everyone in your facility has been exceptional in working with our son. He came into your care early this year and was very difficult to manage. Your patience and understanding with him has helped him learn how to control his impulses and his emotions. I was so scared when we brought him to KinderCare, thinking that you folks would not be able to teach him to calm down and that it was only a matter of time before we would have to find alternative care for him.
In a few short months, through lots of persistence by Carla M. (with support from all of you), she was able to not only mange our son's occasional outbursts but also help teach him how to calm down and not lash out. This has also translated to his home life. He is the sweet boy he was before he started acting out. Even his grandparents have remarked on his improvement.
Because you spend more time with him than we do, the credit for this change needs to be recognized by the efforts of the staff at KinderCare. We are tickled with the job you have done. Everyone there has been so helpful and supportive and never once made us feel like we were failing as parents. From speaking with the staff, everyone reassured us that we all would get through this tough time.
Now that it is time for our son to move on, I feel more confident that he will be able to take these skills he has learned and use them in his new school. I just hope that the staff in his new school are as awesome as you guys have been. And for the record, if we hadn't have moved so far away, I think we would have kept him with you guys, since you have done such a great job."”
Nicole L. - 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 Brookdale 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 Brookdale 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.