Jonathan Woodruff, Center Director
Meet Jonathan Woodruff, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1999
Favorite Children's Book: Good Night Lake
Meet Jon Woodruff! He is the Center Director at Eagan Knowledge Beginnings in Minnesota. Jon attended Minnesota State Mankato, where he studied early childhood education. He has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 1999. Every day, Jon enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Outside of work, he enjoys watching his children participate in several different sports, camping with his family, boating, and fishing.
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.
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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
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!
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 can't imagine trusting anyone (or anywhere) else with my child. The minute we walk into the building and my daughter sees her teacher(s) she lights up and can't wait to get a morning snuggle (which is always instantaneous). All of the staff (truly, ALL) love the kids as if they were their own, and there is no greater feeling as a parent. I know she is safe, she is loved, and well cared for the entire day. One of the many unique things about KB - they allow and encourage the infants to explore and play (there are no swings or bouncers). The staff is truly hands on with the kids, all day. Lastly, I really appreciate that we are greeted the minute we walk in the doors. The managers and directors know all the kids by name, and take the time to get to know the children individually. It's pretty great!”
Leslie - KinderCare Parent
My toddler has been at Knowledge Beginnings for one year, and I have always felt like he is extremely well cared for at KB. All of the teachers as well as Jon and the other office employees are very involved with each child individually and can tell you about their day the moment you walk in the door to pick them up (good/crabby/napped well/activities/new skills/etc.).
The teachers are also great listeners and advice-givers. They will follow special instructions you have for your children, as well as answer questions or give you advice if you’re asking for it. As a new parent, I found this really helpful because they can recommend ways to get thru challenges, start something new, etc.
I also really like the curriculum-based approach they take to childcare. While they ensure the kids learn thru playtime and interaction with others, they also incorporate different educational themes each month. I love seeing all of the things my son learns and hearing about all of the creative activities he does.
Most importantly, my son comes home happy and smiling, and is excited to go back the next day. So I know he’s having fun, learning, and feels cared for. I would recommend KB without hesitation!”
Ali - KinderCare Parent
We absolutely love having our children attend Knowledge Beginnings in Eagan! The teachers and staff are fabulous. I leave my two children in the hands of dedicated, loving, and nurturing teachers each day. My girls are always excited to go each day. The facility is safe, secure, and clean and they have a great curriculum they use to focus on those early learning skills and standards. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend this center.”
Beth - 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.