Meet Kristin Ibraheem, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2001
Education: Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
Favorite Children's Book: I'll Love You Forever
Meet Kristin Ibraheem! She is the Center Director at Marketplace KinderCare in Champlin, MN. Kristin attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been with KinderCare for twenty years, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Marketplace 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.
“ We recently enrolled in the Marketplace KinderCare and have never been happier with a childcare experience! The staff are amazing, every single person we have met has been awesome! My son has a food intolerance and they go above and beyond to include all kids with snacks and treats that are comparable, so no one feels left out. The cook does a fantastic job with the menu in general, exposing the children to a variety of meals that our Dietitian greatly approves of. The interactive learning and play throughout the day keeps my Pre-K involved and wanting to go to "school" everyday. The interactive App keeps us parents informed of the day to day, something we never had before. The facility is fantastic and my son loves the gym. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend KinderCare Marketplace as Kristen and all the staff are amazing.Show more
“ My two year old daughter has been enrolled here for two weeks and it has been the most AMAZING experience! We came from another child care center that we weren't excited about, so coming here and seeing how happy my daughter is each and every day helps me relax and know she is in the right hands. We get multiple pictures and videos with updates on what she is learning each and every day, as well as messages with concerns or questions. I truly and genuinely feel that she is so deeply cared for by the staff and she leaves each day with a smile and excited to be back the next day. The entire staff seem so happy to be there and they make you feel so welcome each and every time. Thank you KinderCare for making this such a positive and uplifting experience for not only my child, but us as her parents as well. My daughter has created so many memories and friendships that I know she'll remember for a lifetime :)Show more
“ I am writing today to share that your employees at Marketplace KinderCare are deserving of some MAJOR recognition! My daughter (PreK class currently) has thrived since starting the KinderCare program in June of 2022. It is in many thanks due to the wonderful leadership by Kristin and Jennifer. These two women have a way of being such compassionate, kind and supportive leaders while helping make the space truly feel like a second home. They talk with respect to their teachers, the children and all families. They go above and beyond to make time to listen to any concerns or needs. Most of all, they bring their WHOLE HEARTS to love on every single child present. It is truly so amazing!The teachers employed at Marketplace KinderCare are truly top tier and as families, we are so fortunate to have them teach our children and care for their hearts throughout the week. Ms. Jenn, Ms. Jillian, Ms. Patti, and Mr. Ryan are the teachers in our daughters current class and they are the perfect individuals to prepare my child for her Kindergarten year in the fall. My husband and I feel like we have hit the jackpot with the educational opportunities they provide and the VERY FUN experiences that they add into the class day and special units. These teachers show through their actions how much this is more than "just a job" to them. They truly care about each of the children in their class and make them feel recognized and valued every day. There is no better gift than that!Show more
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 Marketplace 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 Marketplace 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.
We're so proud!
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.