Kathryn Wall, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Near Glacier Avenue and Dodd - next to Subway)
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing is available TO and FROM Parkview, Cherry View, North Trail, Riverview, Meadowview, Akin Road and Shannon Park.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Kathryn Wall, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Katie Wall! She is the Center Director at Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare in Minnesota. Katie attended Ashworth College, where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2007, and before that she was a teacher. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel.” – Maya Angelou. Outside of work, Katie enjoys walking with her dog and spending time with her family. Together they go to the children’s sporting events and like watching movies.
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.
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 would recommend this KinderCare Center to any family that is looking for genuine, quality care for their children. All the staff are friendly, listen to our personal needs and concerns, and best of all they are superb with all three of our children.”
Stephanie S. - KinderCare Parent
There is so much that I love about bringing my son to KinderCare each and every day. He has come to KinderCare since he was six weeks old. Although it was hard for me to bring him at such a young age, I knew that he was in the best hands. Each teacher that was with him knew what he needed and really had a great bond with him - I had this same feeling when he moved to other rooms in the center. Now he is in the preschool room. From what he learns doing the activities to what his teacher, Ms. Lizzy teaches him, I feel that he is going to be more than ready to move to the pre-kindergarten room and more importantly to kindergarten.”
Cedric W. - KinderCare Parent
My grandson has been with KinderCare since he was three months old. He attended another location, but this is by far my favorite. I get to pick him up quite frequently and I always feel welcomed by the directors and his teachers. It is so fun to be invited to attend the special events thay have during the year. My grandson is always so excited to see me, but even more excited to tell me about his fun day. It gives me a nice piece of mind knowing that he is safe, happy and loved by everyone.”
Sandy J. - KinderCare Parent
We are beyond happy with the care our daughter receives at KinderCare! We wanted her in an enriching environment with a strong education program and healthy meals. Since our daughter has been at KinderCare, her socialization and knowledge go far beyond any expectations we had. She knows her letters, letter sounds, numbers and is eager to tell us what she is learning about. With childcare you get what you pay for and our daughter is in the best of hands. This is every parent's dream of where their baby should be when they are away. We love you guys and everything you are teaching our little girl. We couldn't be happier”
Dan and Amy S. - KinderCare Parent
As a parent you want the very best for your child and you don't want to compromise. That is what I found at my KinderCare. As a parent I know my child is in good hands by how he responds to people on a daily basis and when he is sat down to take his jacket off at arrival and doesn't look back because he is so excited to play with friends and teachers. It warms my heart and starts my day off right. I look forward to him experiencing other rooms as he is coming to the end of his time in infants. I know he will have this same great experience throughout the building after meeting the rest of the staff at different building events and in passing daily.
The teachers love my child, I can tell and they tell me about his ups and downs while I'm away. If they are worried about my son's health or other issues they call me. They also do the coolest things with my child. Their curriculum is amazing and the teachers are brave to try all the activities they do with small children. However, they know what the children are capable of and it is always exciting to hear about their adventures and responses.
My KinderCare has the best management. The management are always willing to help even with the smallest thing. I often find them in the classroom or around the building and you can tell how much they love their job. I am very lucky to have found such a devoted staff, who love my child and love to teach. I can't imagine having to go anywhere else.”
Tyler H. - KinderCare Parent
We have been a part of the KinderCare family for nine years, starting with my daughter at 6 months of age in Eagan. We moved to this center in Lakeville when it opened. Over the years we have been very pleased with the care that my son and daughter have received. The teachers and staff are consistently helpful and truly care about the children in their center. The peace of mind is what I appreciate. I know they are safe, having fun and learning every day. My son had his screening done last Fall and he's ahead of the curve. I attribute this to KinderCare's curriculum. I am so glad we were able to have this center as a part of my children's lives!”
Monica B. - 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.