Kristy Leonhardt, Center Director
Meet Kristy Leonhardt, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2005
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Care
Favorite Children's Book: The Rainbow Fish
Meet Kristy Leonhardt! She is the Center Director at Rockford KinderCare in Plymouth, MN. Kristy attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Youth Care. She has been with KinderCare for sixteen years, and before that she was a parent visitation monitor and a teacher. “Be the reason someone smiles today!" - Roy T. Bennett. Outside of work, Kristy enjoys spending time with her family. They like playing games, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
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.
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
We toured many daycare facilities before landing at KinderCare on Rockford Road in Plymouth. What impressed us initially was the large outdoor play area that was not next to a busy street, the classrooms were all bright, and the teachers were all engaged with the children. It seemed like a cheerful place to play, learn, and be cared for. When our first son started in the Infant Classroom, the teachers embraced him like he was their own and gave him plenty of love and attention (as well as us!). We felt like he was in a safe place and was getting the socialization and attention that he deserved. As he graduated into the other classrooms, each room had a new curriculum and new teachers that he fell in love with. When he did his Pre-K assessment with the school district, he blew the assessment out of the water! Our second son is experiencing the same love, care, and learning growth. He's had a few health issues that have required a little extra attention and KinderCare staff have been incredibly supportive. He also participates in their Phonics program and is thriving. Both of our kids participate in the KC summer program, and they love the outdoor activities and field trips that the center provides/brings them. They absolutely love the friends they've made. The love and care that our boys receive at KinderCare has been beyond our expectations!”
Amanda and Ryan - KinderCare Parent
My two boys have been attending KinderCare for a few years now and it would be hard to imagine sending them anywhere else. My husband and I don't view KinderCare as just a daycare center; it's a second family and a place where our children are learning and growing five days a week. The investment we're making at KinderCare takes the worry of "will my child be ready for kindergarten?" out of the equation, which to us is invaluable. If you're looking for a place where your child will be safe, loved, and well-educated, I would absolutely recommend Rockford Road KinderCare.”
Gina - KinderCare Parent
We could not be more impressed with the progress that our daughter has made since starting at Rockford KinderCare. She loves going to school every day and asks to go back to school before we are even out of the parking lot, which is a testament to how much she enjoys being there. Trusting someone to be with your child when you are not there is a very hard thing to do, but with KinderCare, we are at complete ease and know that she is in the best care with the best teachers around. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experiences so far!”
Sarah - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter loves Rockford KinderCare. She knows all of her teachers' names and calls them her friends. More importantly, she comes home and tells us about all of the things she's learning about, from emotions to dinosaurs. We believe her daily interaction with other children has made her more social too. Those are experiences she wouldn't get if she weren't enrolled at KinderCare.”
Tom & Sara - 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.