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Six Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers have earned national recognition as Certified Nature Explore Classrooms from the Nature Explore program, a collaboration of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation.
This certification confers upon Kinderberry Hill numerous benefits, including membership in an ever-expanding network of more than 380 like-minded spaces nationwide. These Certified Nature Explore Classrooms foster highly effective, nature-based outdoor learning.
“Kinderberry Hill’s commitment to providing research-based and nature-rich learning offers a wonderful example to programs and educators throughout the country,” said Heather Fox, director of communications and outreach for the Nature Explore program. “These spaces inspire hands-on activity, creativity, play, and plenty of time exploring the natural world.”
These outdoor classrooms offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden or pathway areas, and natural materials for building and creating art. Research consistently shows that children who learn and grow in Nature Explore Classrooms exhibit enhanced concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving techniques, manage stress in healthy ways, and develop skills across the spectrum of academic and creative learning.
Nature Explore Classrooms were developed by a team of master educators, landscape architects, and researchers in response to the documented growing disconnect between children and nature. The classrooms help fill this void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. Classrooms that are designed according to standards and principles described in Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s Learning With Nature Ideas Book are eligible to become Certified Nature Explore Classrooms.
4 Kinderberry Teachers Celebrate 20 Years!
Kinderberry Hill wishes a very happy anniversary to Jodi and Barb, who celebrated their 20 year anniversaries last week with family, friends, and KBH alumni. We are so thrilled to have Jodi and Barb as members of our KBH family. Congratulations to you both!
Kinderberry Hill wishes a very happy anniversary to Kristin and Michelle, who celebrated their 20 year anniversaries yesterday with family, friends, and KBH alumni. We are so thrilled to have Kristin and Michelle as members of our KBH family. Congratulations to you both!
Kare 11 Visits Kinderberry Hill Roseville
Star Tribune names Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers a 2017 Top 150 Workplace
Plymouth, MN, 2017—Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2017. Kinderberry Hill has seven locations in the Twin Cities, including Eden Prairie, Edina, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Roseville, St. Paul, and Woodbury.
Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health, and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 69,000 employees at Minnesota public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. Kinderberry Hill was ranked 38th on the midsize company list.
“Kinderberry Hill respects the vital role teachers play in shaping a child’s future. We provide a fun, creative, family-oriented environment for our staff to nurture their life’s passion. We are wholly committed to providing them with the means, opportunities, and encouragement to achieve a fulfilling and rewarding career,” said Mary Terrass, Executive Vice President. “I am enormously proud of our talented staff and thank them for honoring us as a top workplace.”
Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”
To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.
Kinderberry Hill Teachers Win National Awards
Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers is pleased to announce that three early educators have won the 2017 Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) National Child Care Teacher Award.
The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation (TLLCCF) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to making America better by improving early care and education. The National Child Care Teacher Awards acknowledges the critical role of child care teachers in providing quality early care and education.
The awards are open to child care teachers nationwide. To apply, teachers create an enhancement project for their classroom and discuss how it will benefit the children. Each year, the TLLCCF Board of Directors selects 50 winners from across the country.
Winners receive a cash prize for their project plus attend an awards ceremony in Philadelphia, PA. Since its inception in 1994, the TLLCCF has recognized 943 child care teachers and presented awards totaling more than $902,000 in support of recipients and their classrooms.
Kinderberry Hill is proud to present these three early educators who received the 2017 award:
- Melissa Robinson, Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center, Minneapolis, for her project “Gender Neutrality in Science: Fostering a love of both applied science and cooking science for all genders.”
- Heather Hausladen, Intermediates teacher at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center, Plymouth, for her project “Incorporating Early Literacy into all Aspects of the Classroom.”
- Lanai Koep, Pre-kindergarten teacher at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Center, Edina, for her project “Enhancing the Outdoor Classroom.”
Past Terri Lynne Award Winners:
Patricia Nance- KBH Plymouth- “STEAM into Learning”
Yelena Rud- KBH Minneapolis- “My Five Senses- Learning About Winter”
Rhiana Boyer- KBH Minneapolis- “Listening Center Enhancements”
Two Kinderberry Hill Educators receive Master’s of Early Education degrees
Kinderberry Hill Plymouth has announced that Danielle Anderson has earned her Master’s of Early Education degree from Concordia University. Danielle is an early educator, teaching children from infants through pre-kindergarten.
“We are very proud of Danielle,” said Jodi Valentino, Executive Program Director, Kinderberry Hill Plymouth. “She is passionate about early education and excited to incorporate her new experiences into our rich academic environment.”
Kinderberry Hill is located at 185 Cheshire Lane in Plymouth.
Kinderberry Woodbury Celebrates 11 Years
A huge shout out to Kinderberry Hill, Woodbury, who celebrated their 11th birthday this week! Did you know that KBH Woodbury began over 25 years ago as an onsite child care facility for 3M professionals? The staff has provided the very best care and education for hundreds of east metro families over the years, and we couldn’t be more proud.
Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
Kinderberry Hill and the University of Minnesota Use Executive Function to Transform Early Childhood Education and Prepare Young Learners for Life-long Success
Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers and Reflection Sciences, Inc. are pleased to announce a partnership to bring executive function assessments to the six Kinderberry Hill locations across the Twin Cities.
Executive function is a set of neurocognitive skills that develop rapidly in young children. Comprising of self-control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility skills, executive function is often referred to as the air traffic controller of your brain. Research has shown executive function skills are more predictive of academic success than IQ and is one of the best predictors of kindergarten readiness.
Lisa Swan, Kinderberry Hill District Manager said, “We have been impressed by the research coming out about executive function, and we knew we wanted to be able to assess how our children are doing in that area. But beyond just assessing our children, we are partnering with Reflection Sciences to develop a set of executive function guidelines that we can share with a parents and teachers. Through providing parents with support tools, we are able to extend a child’s learning and provide them with an enriched and well-rounded experience that puts them on a path of life-long success.”
Kinderberry Hill and Reflection Sciences are also conducting a number of training sessions for all of the Kinderberry Hill educators. The training details the background of executive function, how to assess executive function, and strategies for improving executive function in young children.
Stephanie Carlson, PhD, Chairperson of Reflection Sciences agrees with the Kinderberry Hill approach, “We are so impressed with what Kinderberry Hill is doing with executive function. This is such an important part of early childhood education, and they are embracing it. This will have lasting positive impacts for their children.”
About Kinderberry Hill: Since 1990, Kinderberry Hill has been fully committed to offering the very best child care and early education programs in the Twin Cities. They recognize that the early years are crucial. Through extensive research, they develop comprehensive one-of-a-kind curriculum that strongly emphasizes cognitive development and intellectual challenge. They have locations in Eden Prairie, Edina, Minneapolis, Plymouth, Roseville and Woodbury. Learn more at www.kinderberryhill.com.
Kathy Sjursen – 19 Years with Kinderberry Hill
KBH wishes a very happy anniversary to Kathy Sjursen, Executive Director at KBH Woodbury, who is celebrating 19 years with the company this week. With her passion for early education and commitment to excellence, Kathy has served as an exceptional leader and role model for her team. Together they have inspired hundreds of children to excel in school and in life. We are so thrilled to have Kathy as a member of the KBH family. Congratulations, Kathy!
Heidi Olson – 21 Years with Kinderberry Hill
A big congratulations to Heidi Olson, who celebrated 21 years with Kinderberry Hill last week. Heidi, your passion for early education and love of children has helped to enrich the lives of so many students. We couldn’t be more thankful and proud!
100% of our schools are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is known as the gold standard in early childhood education and is one of two accreditation systems recognized by the State of Minnesota. This elite distinction is earned by programs that epitomize and maintain the highest standards in early childhood education. In fact, due to the rigorous standard and review process, less than 9 percent of child development programs nationwide have been awarded NAEYC accreditation.
Parent Aware 4-Star Rating
Our schools are proud to receive a 4-star rating, the highest rating possible from the state’s Parent Aware Quality Rating Program! A four-star rating means our schools exemplify a truly engaged school-readiness partner for parents, offers ongoing assessment of a child’s progress, continually adapts plans and goals to meet individual needs, regularly updates parents on a child’s progress, communicates across cultures, and receives and documents on-going childhood-related education.
Kindergarten Readiness Results
- 98% of families reported that KBH played a critical role in preparing their child for school
- 99% of families reported that their child developed an enthusiasm for learning because of attending Kinderberry Hill
Awards and Accolades
- 82 teachers were awarded the prestigious Teacher of Distinction honor
- 14 teachers were bestowed the esteemed Educator of Excellence award
- 2 Centers of Excellence