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Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare

Kathryn Wall, Center Director

17420 Dodd Blvd Lakeville MN 55044
(952) 469-6005 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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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.

We’re proud to offer distance learning for elementary school kids, grade K-6! We’ll ensure your child is logged on, help them with their school schedule, make sure they have plenty of mental and physical breaks throughout the day, and our highly-trained teachers are here to help your child stay on track! As always, we also offer care for all children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care 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. Kids in this delightful and delicious program 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! Built entirely from scratch, our new program teaches kids to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. It 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. Your child will experiment with activities like learning how lemon juice and baking soda interact to uncover secret messages, watching fizzy reactions in action, and discovering how to use technology to do amazing things!

Our Teachers

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!


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.

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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.

Our Families

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

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare open?

Yes! Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare is open to serve hardworking families in your community! We have new health and safety measures in place to protect families and staff.

What are your health and safety measures at your child care centers?

Check out the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. We can’t wait to see you soon!

What programs are offered at Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare?

At Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare, we offer a wide range of programs, including:

  • Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)
  • Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)
  • Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
  • Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)
  • Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)
  • Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)
  • Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
  • Participating Child Care Aware Center
  • Elementary School Distance Learning
  • Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
  • Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
  • Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
  • STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)

What are the operating hours of Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare?

Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare is open from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday

What accreditations does Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare hold?

Dodd Blvd Lakeville KinderCare is accredited by NAEYC.