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Green Meadows KinderCare

Heather Ridenour, Center Director

1815 Greenview Pl SW Rochester MN 55902
(507) 287-0747 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bamber Valley, Harriett Bishop, Sunset Terrace, Folwell, Riverside, Ben Franklin, Pinewood, Lincoln, Longfellow, any "CHOICE" curriculum schools, willing to look at adding schools.

Our center is accredited by NAEYC.

NAEYC Accreditation

Welcome to Green Meadows KinderCare

Welcome to Green Meadows KinderCare, located off of Salem Road SW in Rochester, Minnesota! Early childhood is an exciting time for a family--there is so much growth and so many milestones to experience. Our team would be proud to play a role in your child's healthy and happy development; we’ll make sure they feel welcome each day. We build a warm and supportive classroom for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.

We’re proud of the industry-leading health and safety measures we’ve put in place to protect your family and our staff. And, if you need distance learning support for elementary school kids, grade K-6, we’re here for you. Contact our center director to learn more. 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.

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.)

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!

  • To All KinderCare Staff,
    Thank you for being so awesome and welcoming to Jaden! He has truly enjoyed coming here! I think you are all so amazing and have helped Jaden grow!

    Betty - KinderCare Parent
  • I have been coming to KinderCare since 2008 and I will continue to bring my children to KinderCare until they are too old to attend because I love the staff! They are so friendly and treat my children like their own, and I really appreciate that. Knowing that my children are in good hands when they are at KinderCare puts my mind at ease. I absolutely love KinderCare.

    Janet C. - KinderCare Parent
  • About four years ago, family circumstances caused me to take immediate custody of my four grandchildren and, because I also had a career, I needed to find a caring and reliable learning center that would have four openings at the last minute. KinderCare Green Meadows did and Cheryl Thorson, the Center Director, understood our circumstances. She not only made the children feel welcome, but worked with me, as a team, to ensure their emotional needs were met as we transitioned through the family changes and ultimately, through my adopting them two years ago. They still attend KinderCare Green Meadows every day. I am thankful to Cheryl and the entire staff for the excellent care and continued support they give our entire family. They are truly the best!

    Janet S. - KinderCare Parent
  • My spouse and I trust the two very most important people in our lives to KinderCare, and we've never had a moment where we felt that that this trust was misplaced. Cheryl and her team use compassion and caring to provide a safe, structured, and educational environment that we believe have assisted our children in becoming better prepared for school, making friends, and better able to negotiate the every day struggles that come from being "little people".

    Chrispen B. - KinderCare Parent
  • My son started as an infant at KinderCare. I had only visited one other center before choosing KinderCare. My family has had some history with the same center my son goes to. I myself, went there as a toddler and have some of my first memories there. So the center had some sentimental value to us from the beginning. The teachers and director, who was actually teaching when I was a toddler there, made the rest easy. Even going as an infant, I got to know all the other teachers through passing by or greetings and goodbyes. My son has thrived and is surrounded by positive teachers with great interactions and curriculum. The transition from infant to toddler was very smooth and easy. We would start by going to say goodbye when we left the infant room each day, to the point where he didn't want to leave the toddler room when we did really have to leave for the day. All of the staff members are so friendly and nice. The center feels like a home daycare to us, not so much a "center." I would recommend KinderCare to any family or close friends that are looking for daycare. They have become part of my family!

    Megan P. - 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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