Judith Schwanke, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 10 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Lincoln, Otter Lake, Centerville, Island Lake, Turtle Lake, VadnaisHeights, St. Odelias, St. Mary's, and Central Middle School.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
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)
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.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)
At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.
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.
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.)
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!
Our son Brock started at Knowledge Beginnings (Vadnais Heights) this past August, 2012. Prior to his enrollment, we looked at many different pre-schools. I was a very anxious and apprehensive dad. I was the youngest child of a youngest child, so I was fortunate to always have family members around to watch me. As such, I was staunchly against the thought of enrolling Brock in any pre-school. I can’t tell you how wrong I was. The staff at Knowledge Beginnings has been nothing short of fantastic. Top to bottom everyone has been so welcoming and so kind. The atmosphere at the school is just wonderful. It’s really turned a difficult decision into an easy transition for our family. We have not had a second thought about our choice of schools. While each member of the staff has had a tremendously positive impact on Brock, I would like to especially thank Jenni (Brock’s Homeroom teacher), & Jen (Brock’s morning teacher). As a homeroom teacher, we could not have asked for better than Jenni. She’s a perfect fit for Brock. She’s always there for him with whatever he needs; be it a hug, a kind ear, a helping hand, or a bit of discipline to keep him in line (he takes after his mother, you know). Her communication with us has always been top notch and the pictures that she sends out help us feel like we’re with Brock during his fun day at school. When Brock first started out at KB, there were many “hard drop-offs”. Lots of tears, from not only Brock, but mom and yes, I’ll admit dad too. During those tough mornings Jen was always there to let us know that better days were ahead. It made a world of difference to know that Brock’s sadness would be extremely short-lived and the fun was just around the corner. Thank you again to everyone at Knowledge Beginnings. It’s really given this dad piece of mind to know that the “pre-school moms” are always watching out for his little boy.
Scott L. - KinderCare Parent
My children have attended Knowledge Beginnings for some time now and I have never been so happy with the choice I made! All of the teachers are compassionate and very caring, to all children not just the children in their classes. They have many activities and have a daily schedule that teachers follow which really prepare children for school. I loved the sight word flash cards that my children received. They helped my children learn to read. From nutritional lunches, to the compassion and understanding that my children needed, to beginning steps toward learning, Knowledge Beginning provided my children all of these and more! I would highly recommend Knowledge Beginnings to anyone looking for a wonderful child development center that will provide learning, nurturing, and a fun environment!
Lori M. - KinderCare Parent
Rena, I really wanted to send a few memories and nice thoughts about teachers that Calvin has had at Knowledge Beginnings. There are quite a few great memories that I have about Knowledge Beginnings, but I am going to list three that focus on some special teachers there. 1. One of the very first things that so impressed me early on when we had made the decisions to move Calvin from his current daycare to Knowledge Beginnings was how knowledgeable the staff seemed to be instantly about Calvin. I loved that Consuelo and Stephanie and Sahnaj seemed to know details about his personality that made me confident that they had really spent time with him. One day Consuelo brought me a very special laminated book of pages with photos of Calvin. I was so touched and adored the great book that obviously had taken some time for her to create. What a kind and wonderful gesture. I was extremely touched. 2. Nikki was Calvin's second teacher. She was always so talkative and informative about Calvin also mentioning very specific details about his likes and dislikes what he had done during the day that made her laugh etc, it was so comforting knowing that Nikki was paying that close attention to him. The very best Mother's Day present that I ever received was one that Nikki and Calvin gave to me - a precious miniature flower pot with candy inside and his hand prints all around the outside edges to make a decoration. That is something that I am sure I will keep forever. 3. Now Calvin is in Becky's class. One of the first memories that I have about Becky is that I heard wonderful things about her before even meeting her. A few families gave me rave reviews, "Becky is the best" and so you can imagine that I went into this third class with confidence knowing that he would be in good hands. Becky is very, very good with Calvin and I imagine she is with all of her students. I am so impressed that he goes to her every morning without a tear. She must have an amazing amount of patience and kindness in her heart and I am so lucky that Calvin can spend his days with her. One of the things that make me smile every day is how Becky and Calvin do their special "High Five" and "knuckles". It is so adorable and I love that she taught him something so cute. Generally I can't say enough great things about the amazing staff at Knowledge Beginnings. It is heads and tails about any other daycare that I have experienced or visited. Please do whatever you can to let these very special teachers know how much they are loved and appreciated by us parents. There is nothing more comforting than to know that you are bringing your child to a place every day where he is truly going to be loved and cared for and I am exceedingly grateful to all of the teachers, staff, cooks, and you as well Rena. PLEASE share these thoughts with the teachers. We adore them.
Michelle and Eric N. - 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.