Little Lakers Child Care Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide child care services to families with children ages six weeks to 5 years. Our center is licensed for 90 children. We have two infant, one toddler, and three preschool classrooms!
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Child Led Free Play
Our philosophy is built around free play and letting children explore the world at their own pace. While we do have age appropriate planned activities, we encourage the children to ask questions and try different activities when they feel they are ready.
We have two separate outdoor play areas so we can spend our days outside exploring the world we live in. We spend time outdoors year-round, when weather appropriate.
We use the #1 platform for early childhood education, brightwheel® for managing attendance, billing, enrollment, learning plans, parent communication, and much more.
The Creative Curriculum®
We introduce The Creative Curriculum® to not only track developmental progress for all our children, but to also help prepare our preschoolers for Kindergarten.
Our teachers complete all training that is required by Rule 3 Child Care licensing. Our training program additionally consists of an administrative instruction day, child development, behavior guidance and a classroom “experience day”. This is a day where the staff member that is training spends time in each classroom with all age groups. They are not included in the staff ratio for this time period. This gives them the opportunity to work with other staff, to learn about all the kiddos, and have knowledge of the whole center. After the new staff member has spent time in each room they are trained on child development and behavior guidance. This focuses on using developmentally appropriate practice with children, how to work with challenging behaviors and building positive relationships. When they complete this training we do reflection, questions and follow up when applicable. Staff will continue to have training at monthly staff meetings, scheduled outsourced training throughout the year and individual coaching when needed.