Cassandra Sedlak, Center Director
Meet Cassandra Sedlak, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2020
Favorite Children's Book: Good Night Moon
Meet Cassandra Sedlak! She is the Center Director at Maple Grove KinderCare in Minnesota. Cassandra is attending the University of Phoenix, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has been with KinderCare for 4 months now and was the regional director at another company before that. Her favorite quote is “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” -Sydney J. Harris. Outside of work, Cassandra likes to read and take her kids to the park.
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.
Maple Grove 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.
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.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
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.)
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!
"As a first time mom with a fussy baby, I was terrified to send our 12-week-old son to daycare. However, I love this KinderCare. The staff is wonderful, inviting, and caring. They really met the needs of our baby and the kids are always having a lot of fun."”
Kasi H. - KinderCare Parent
After you become a parent, it can be very difficult to return to work. You worry that no one else is able to care for and love your children the way that you do. The wonderful staff at Maple Grove KinderCare may not be able to be you, but they are the next best thing. I cannot express how nice it is to be able to drop your children off at daycare and know that they will have a happy, safe, and educational day. Knowing that my children will be happy and well cared for allows me to go to work and focus on work without worrying about my children's care. That is an invaluable gift. The teachers are professional and genuinely love what they do. Quite simply, the Maple Grove KinderCare is a wonderful place for children. I feel so fortunate to have my children in their care.”
Karen - KinderCare Parent
When I first brought my daughter to Maple Grove KinderCare as an infant, I was concerned about being away from her. I wanted to ensure she was learning, but that she also received the TLC she gets at home. In no time, I realized that she was learning and thriving by watching the other kids and she really enjoyed being there with her teachers. Not only has she excelled with the curriculum at each stage, but I know her teachers genuinely care about her and won’t hesitate to offer a hug or encouraging word when she needs one.”
Nicole - KinderCare Parent
My son has been at Maple Grove KinderCare since he was nine months old. I have never once been concerned about the level of care and attention he has received. He is now three and I love when he comes home and tells me what he has learned. One day my husband and I thought we would talk to him about the days of the week, and when we asked him if he knew them, he burst into a song that talked about the days of the week. He is actually always singing some new songs he learned at school and tells us about the kids he played with that day. My biggest problem with KinderCare is how hard it is to get my son to leave at the end of the day. He hates when I show up to pick him up and he has to go home, and will always say, "Two more minutes or five more minutes, Mommy" and tries to negotiate to stay at school longer.”
Jenny - KinderCare Parent
I love knowing that my children are being well taken care of and are learning! I always think of my girls during the day while I am at work but I don’t worry about them. I know the teachers will call and communicate with me if necessary.”
Rachel - KinderCare Parent
“When we set out to find a center, we visited a lot of centers. What was important to us was finding a place that felt like home. My wife and I wanted safety, a nurturing environment, and a strong curriculum. We were blessed to find all of these things in KinderCare at Maple Grove. One of the best strengths I saw in KinderCare (and still see) is the fact that the teachers genuinely care about each child and each child’s learning. Often times when picking up our daughter, I sit back and watch our daughter interact with the other kids and her teacher. It makes me feel proud to call KinderCare our center of learning for our children.””
Randy H. - KinderCare Parent
"After an experience with a poorly operated home daycare, my wife and I were forced to learn the difference between price and value. Although KinderCare is a bit more expensive than surrounding competitors, the value is a great deal more. We appreciate and value the staff and consider them an extension of our immediate family. We trust the Center Director and Assistant Director and appreciate their willingness to listen to our concerns and respond appropriately. We value the curriculum and trust that our children will be ready for the educational demands of the public school system. Finally, we take a great deal of comfort in knowing that our children are in the hands of people who value them as much as we do. Thank you, Maple Grove KinderCare."”
Chad D. - 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 Maple Grove 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 Maple Grove 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.