Andrea Parrish, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
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.
Meet Andrea Parrish, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2007
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Education
Favorite Children's Book: Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Meet Andrea Parrish! She is the Center Director at Green Meadows KinderCare in Rochester, Minnesota. Andrea attended North Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2007, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys playing flute in the Rochester Flute Choir and spending time with her family. Her favorite quote is, "Anyone who does anything to help a child in their life is a hero." - Mr. Rogers
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
Green Meadows 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.
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.
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
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.)
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!
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
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 Green Meadows 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 Green Meadows 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.