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About Us

Kid Zone gives children a

nurturing environment that allows them to

grow into their best selves

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OUR MISSION

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing children to become enthusiastic learners while supporting our exceptional educators.​

OUR VISION

Our vision is to sustain a creative environment that inspires lifelong learning and prepares children to become productive, healthy members of our community.

Our most important goal is to help children become enthusiastic learners. We encourage active and creative exploration of the world to help foster independence, self-confidence and curiosity.

 

We're teaching them how to learn--not just for their early years, but all through their lives. We allow them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for their unique strengths.

 

Our teachers, staff and families work together to create a community focused on learning and healthy living. Giving each child a start in good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, will make a difference throughout their life.

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Our History

Kid Zone Early Learning Center was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization--setting the foundation for the strong parental involvement that is a part of the Kid Zone culture.

 

We are overseen by a Board of Directors that is made up of parents of current and alumni children. Kid Zone’s original location was within the Union Congregational Church in St. Louis Park.

 

In January 2022 Kid Zone moved to our current location in the Hopkins community.

Food & Nutrition

We take special pride in our meals at Kid Zone. We see nutrition as a key element of our curriculum.

We use organic fresh foods and milk, a varied menu and field trips to introduce new and healthy eating options

Children are able to see, taste and smell food in its natural form and understand first-hand how a tiny seed is transformed into delicious meals. We serve all our food with BPA-free dishes and utensils. 

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Meal Time

We serve breakfast, lunch and a snack each day, all made by our chef in our on-site kitchen. Infants enjoy purees made just for them at each meal. Using the freshest ingredients possible, we provide balanced meals with an emphasis on helping children establish lifelong habits of enjoying healthy foods and making healthy food choices.

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Our Garden

During the spring and summer, our organic garden provides additional produce for our meals, as well as an opportunity for the children to learn about sustainability, care for the plants and harvest the vegetables.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Our Vision for
Diversity & Inclusion

Kid Zone will have an inclusive environment that is rich in diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences for our students, families, teachers, and staff. We will do this by:

1. Having an environment where all families are welcomed, respected, and can see themselves

2. Expecting authentic interactions with one another built around treating each other with dignity and respect

3. Leveraging a growth mindset focused on honest curiosity and incorporating learnings to foster inclusivity

4. Striving to represent local demographics of students, families, teachers, and staff

5. Using an inclusive curriculum to foster relevant and effective student learning experiences

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"In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

– Maya Angelou

Our Space

We are proud of the learning environment we have created in our newly renovated space in Hopkins. Check out the images below or follow us on social media to get an idea of what our space is like. 

Interested in seeing more? Schedule a visit to see our space in person!

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Tuition

Our rates are calculated weekly by days of attendance per week, and vary by age groups.

Days Per Week
Infant
Toddler
Preschool
Pre-K
5 Days
$550
$470
$430
$395
4 Days
$523
$447
$409
$375
3 Days
$440
$376
$344
$316
2 Days
N/A
$353
$323
$269
Extra Day *
$200
$175
$160
$150

* Extra days must be approved in advance by the Kid Zone Office to ensure adequate classroom staff to child ratios. If you reserve an extra day or half day, you are obligated to pay for that time if your child does not attend.

Sibling Discount 

2 children enrolled - 10% off tuition for oldest child

3 children enrolled - 20% off tuition for oldest child

Additional rules related to tuition and attendance apply -- please see all attendance-related policies as well as our family policy handbook on our policies page

Donate to Kid Zone

Kid Zone is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 41-1683532).

See more details about our non-profit organization status on Guidestar.org.

We accept donations via GiveMN.org, Venmo or Paypal.*

Keep an eye out for other ways to support Kid Zone. There are a number of opportunities throughout the year: 

  • Amazon Smile  |  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Kid Zone every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Kid Zone.

    • How to use: On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you simply select Kid Zone Child Care Center in St.Louis Park, MN and start shopping! Amazon takes care of the rest!

  • Give Local America  |  May 6 is Give Local America, a national giving day to ignite generosity for causes like Kid Zone!

  • Give to the Max day  |  In mid-November, be part of the Great Minnesota Give Together and show your support for Kid Zone.

  • Plant Sale  |  Every spring, we host a plant sale featuring Gerten’s flowers and plants. Delivered right before Mother’s Day, the flowers and plants are a great way to start off spring!

  • Employer Donations  |  Many local employers like Target, General Mills, UnitedHealth Group and Accenture participate in annual employee giving campaigns like the United Way. Consider a donation to Kid Zone as part of these giving campaigns. (Reference our tax id, 41-1683532)

* Please note: tuition payments must be made via check, bank transfer, or cash.

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