Bunker Lake KinderCare
Meet Jessica Bistodeau, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Associate of Arts
Favorite Children's Book: Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze!
Meet Jessica Bistodeau! She is the Center Director at Bunker Lake KinderCare in Ramsey, Minnesota. Jessica has earned an Associates of Arts. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree from Rasmussen University. She has been with KinderCare since 2007, and before that she was a teacher. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys being outdoors, camping, and kayaking.
Bunker Lake 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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
“ This is the first time I have ever put any of my children in any kind of daycare center. My son started at KinderCare when he was just two and a half years old. He was used to being at home with his mom and family and really never was around kids his age. Needless to say, when we started it was a tough road. He went three days a week and each day was a struggle, not only for him but for me as well. After a few months, his schedule changed to two days a week and he was no better. I knew he was getting love and attention and eventually he would learn to love it, but it was not easy. After about four months, we decided to move him up to full-time care. It was the best decision we ever could have made. We would all love to stay home with our children until they are ready to go to school, but if you need an alternative, KinderCare is the best option. Once my son started going five days a week, things started to get better. He started walking into school by himself, he wanted to open the doors, etc. He even came home singing songs. He had all kinds of wonderful artwork and most of all, he had wonderful stories of all the fun he had with his friends and teachers. We aren't the typical family, as it took almost nine months for our full transition, but now, after the time that has passed, I am so glad we stuck with the program. The Center Director is so kind and genuinely concerned not only about my child, but about how I was doing, too. Not only that, but she would routinely check in with me during the day and send me pictures! It was so nice to see my son smiling and having fun. Seeing photos of the staff holding and playing with him really helped to get me through the day. I am so thankful for Ramsey KinderCare and their staff. This has been the most incredible experience ever! If you are looking for a wonderful, loving, kind, structured, and kid-focused program for your child, this is the place to be.Show more
“ Our daughter started in the Infant Classroom at 12 weeks old and is now in the Preschool Classroom at three years old. We love Ramsey KinderCare’s staff because they feel like an extended family. We believe KinderCare is a safe and secure environment for our daughter. We also enjoy having flexible scheduling and open and honest communication. We feel that our daughter has learned so much at the age of three.Show more
“ We have really felt blessed to be able to bring our daughter to Ramsey KinderCare. She started when she was less than nine weeks old, and I remember feeling so nervous. That feeling immediately disappeared after seeing how safe she was there. We would receive numerous pictures, which really helped to know she was doing great. We felt trust with the teachers instantly. It has been a great home away from home for our little daughter. She will soon be transitioning into the Toddler Classroom and I know she will do great. We will miss the Infant Teachers, but we also know that she will be in contact with them while she moves into her new room. We treasure KinderCare as she has learned so much and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you, teachers, for everything you do! We feel so fortunate to have you in our daughter's life!Show more
“ While I was in the Toddler Classroom at Ramsey KinderCare today, I noticed a lot of great things. First, there was a strong sense of routine with the toddlers. This was also apparent with transitions. Some awesome things that they are doing is getting the kiddos in snow pants and boots before group time so that they can easily transition to outside after group. Also, I loved that Ms. Christine occupied the kids who took off outside gear with bubbles as they transitioned inside. Second, I noticed a strong sense of relationship building. For instance, Ms. Kari said that a girl was her "shoe helper" and the girl responded by proudly putting shoes away in the closet. You could tell that the teachers really knew the kids and used positivity to promote good behavior. Finally, there were a lot of enhancements on the walls and on shelves. I know that this classroom can be particularly difficult to enhance, but there were many examples of additional new things. I love that there was a shape matching game that the kids could use. Also, just a general thank you to all of the staff for helping raise my kids. In an environment where it's easy to nit-pick about the things that aren't working (I'm totally at fault on this one), I can easily say that my kids would not be the people they are without the Ramsey KinderCare staff. You are all truly to thank.Show more
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 Bunker Lake 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 Bunker Lake 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.
We're so proud!
AMERICA'S MOST ACCREDITED
What Learning Looks Like
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.
An Educator Dedicated to Making Readers
Soft-spoken, creative, and laser-focused on literacy, Alisha Jackson is a real role model for early childhood educators. “I am being the change I wish to see in the lives of children,” she says. Watch and find out how she helps children find a love of books and reading.
This Top Educator Teaches With Her Whole Heart
Music is learning. It lights up everything” says this award-winning early childhood educator. Attiya Mirza is particularly adept at using music to teach: She recorded a pop album in her native Pakistan and was also the captain of the Pakistani national cricket team (leadership skills are extremely helpful in a class full of three-year-olds)!
Gallup - Great Workplace Award
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.
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.
This Inspirational Family Puts Love First
Music to our ears. Meet the Bachmans, an all-American, multi-racial family from Chicago who show us all what love is really about.
A Family That is Busy with a Capital "B"
When both parents are professionals, carving out some family "together" time can be a serious challenge. See how the Dorazios do it—from Taco Tuesday to trips to the shore.