Elizabeth Burns, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
West Saint Paul, Minnesota Neighborhood
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We service Garlough Elementary and Moreland Elementary schools. We are currently offering bus services to Lincoln Center for the 2014-2015 school year.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Elizabeth Burns, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2018
Education: Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
Favorite Children's Book: I'm Oscar The Grouch And This Is My Book And I Don't Want You To Read It
Meet Liz Burns! Liz is the Center Director of West St. Paul KinderCare in Minnesota. She attended The University of Minnesota, where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. Liz has been with KinderCare since 2018. "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." -Forest Witcraft. Outside of work, Liz likes to cook and sew.
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.
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!
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.)
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!
Ensuring your children are well cared for while you juggle full-time work and going to school full-time can be very difficult at times. However, when you have an excellent support system such as KinderCare all things seem possible! If it were not for their loving care and guidance neither of my children would have adjusted well to being away from home or me. Initially, my youngest was quite defiant and found it hard adjusting. However, she was never isolated or treated differently. She was encouraged on a daily basis with positive reinforcement to change her behavior and staff worked with her to find ways personally tailored for her to encourage a turnaround in her behavior. At KinderCare, the staff not only cares for my children because they are paid to do so but they personally take on the responsibility for caring for my children because they love them and genuinely cares about their success. Quite often I think how fortunate I have been to have such a wonderful place for my children to spend their time while I have to be at work or school. Nothing can be more comforting for a working “away from home” parent, then to know their children are being well cared for by people who have the same values, hopes, and dreams for your children as you do. Furthermore, when I see my child receive the same love and care from staff that is given to their own children, I am even further comforted by knowing while I am away from my child they are loved by staff like their own.”
Latasha G. - KinderCare Parent
Our child absolutely loves coming to KinderCare! He has so much fun in the infant room. He is growing and learning each day. His teachers have helped him to grow into such a happy and confident baby. He is willing to take risks and challenge himself because his teachers provide the love and support he needs to grow and develop. He is independent and happy. He comes to school each day with a big smile on his face and leaves each day joyful and fulfilled!”
Tracy and Jeff - KinderCare Parent
I have seen my kids grow as an individual as well as intellectually. I love how the staff always have a smile on their face and always try their best to accommodate our children's needs. I was worried about my youngest going through separation anxiety being she was home with me until now, but the teachers in the toddler room have helped her adjust well and she has made friends. We know that she is being well cared for. I recommend the West St. Paul KinderCare to all my friends or anyone who is looking for care. We love KinderCare!”
Rachel - 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.