Jeanette Jensen, Center Director
Meet Jeanette Jensen, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2005
Education: Associate's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
Meet Jeanette Jensen! She is the Center Director at Meadowlands KinderCare in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Jeanette holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been with KinderCare since 2005. Every day, Jeanette enjoys helping children learn and discover their true potential. Her favorite quote is, “Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. Be six again.” Outside of work, Jeanette enjoys spending time with her family and having bonfires.
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.
Meadowlands 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.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
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.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
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!
We love our KinderCare! Five years ago, my husband and I set out in search of a place to provide the best possible care we could find for our four year old son. At KinderCare we found separate classrooms, in a class-like setting and an atmosphere supportive of choice for brain growth Since our first son's attendance, we have had a second son. He looks forward to "going to school" and rushes to get ready every morning. He tells us about "his job", letters or numbers, the month or the day, his day, and what fun things his friends and teachers have done. It's a highlight of our day to see him smile, just as it was for our oldest child. Our oldest continues to excel in school. He is now in the 4th grade, participating in sports and challenge classes every year. His test scores are at the top of his class and best of all, he is a well-rounded child that's happy, polite and kind. As I have told his teachers, because of KinderCare and the basis of what they provided in the early years.”
Andrea and Gabe - KinderCare Parent
Since my daughter has started attending KinderCare, her social skills and self-confidence levels have soared! She tells me about her new friends every night and talks about minor issues they had and how the teachers helped them work it out. She has also started counting everything in our home and will randomly start singing her ABC's! I can tell she truly enjoys the classroom activities as she is always eager and proud to share them with us and often makes us reenact them; with her being the teacher and my husband and I being the students. I could not ask for better staff to work with my child! They use creative and hands-on lesson plans that really teach my child about the world around her. They truly seem to care about each child and really get to know them on an individual level. My daughter's teachers seem to focus on her strengths and always have something positive to say to her and about her. It is obvious my daughter feels very comfortable with her teachers and really looks forward to seeing them every morning. Who could ask for more?! I would highly recommend KinderCare to any parent! I know my child is receiving individualized attention, nutritious meals, and a wide variety of activities that build her knowledge and confidence. Better yet, my child is always excited to go to KinderCare and to see her teachers, which make it much easier to be a working mom. Thank you KinderCare!”
Kelly - KinderCare Parent
We had to change care centers quickly and I was very impressed with how kind and welcoming everyone was. Our daughter became comfortable in record time thanks to Ms. Bev's calm, kind, happy demeanor. Thank you Ms. Bev!”
Kelly - KinderCare Parent
Thanks to all of the KinderCare staff for providing a safe and fun environment for our boys over the last four years. They have learned so much, made several friends and come to love the teachers and staff. We couldn't have asked for a better place to help care for our children during these early years.”
Tim and Merry - 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 Meadowlands 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 Meadowlands 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.