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About Lil’ Explorers Preschool in Andover, MN

Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center is a preschool serving the Andover area of Minnesota. Established in 2003, Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center continues to provide a safe environment for children ages 6 weeks through second grade that is centered on exploration and development.

Our Andover, MN daycare is located just a short drive from Andover High School and Roosevelt Middle School. This central location makes multi-child pick up and drop off easy and quick. Lil’ Explorers daycare in Andover is easily identified by our large, fenced in playground and safe, paved parking lot.

Our expansive facilities offer plenty of room for your children to learn, grow, and develop, while our caring staff provides a nurturing and enriching atmosphere. The Andover facility features Infant Rooms, Toddler Rooms, Preschool Rooms, dedicated Pre-Kindergarten Rooms and School-Age Rooms, along with a large gross motor room.

It is the mission of our childcare staff to provide top-notch service for Andover, MN families and provide an enjoyable and exciting time for all children in our care.

Andover, MN Preschool: Enrichment Programs

Lil’ Movers is our program that enhances your child’s large motor development. We will use aspects and activities promoted by CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), as well as developmentally appropriate Large Motor skills, sportsmanship, and taking turns. Combining these programs promotes physical activity and coordinated play for young children. Our program encourages and motivates children to walk, run, jump, dance, and move their whole body while playing and having fun!

Lil’ Farmers is our nutrition program that focuses on health, nutrition and community involvement. We incorporate aspects of the “Farm to Childcare” initiative by partnering with local farmers for fresh and local products. We feature a new fruit or vegetable each month from a list of the farmer’s seasonal crops. Our students will explore the food through taste, texture, and smell, while learning about where the food was grown in Andover, MN. Lil’ Farmers program will help children build lifelong healthy eating habits, so they can become real life farmers too!

Kindermusik is a music and movement program that is cultivated for each stage of a child’s development. Lil’ Explorers offers three Kindermusik levels that are geared to accommodate toddler and preschool classroom developmental needs. Kindermusik provides activities that stimulate children’s minds, bodies, and sense of play while incorporating early literacy and language into music. The music program integrates songs, instruments, stories, activities, and music from all around the world to nurture kids’ budding creativity!

Beginning in preschool, children are introduced to basic words in the Spanish language. Each month the Spanish program is based around a theme (i.e. numbers, colors, greetings, body parts, etc.). New words are introduced using fun picture cards, games, songs, and books. We highly encourage everyone to attempt to pronounce the Spanish words although many children (especially under 3 years old) may not be able to pronounce the words easily or at all. However, exposure to a foreign language can have many cognitive and academic benefits.

Lil’ Explorers Daycare in Andover: Our Promise

Unlike other daycares in Andover, Lil’ Explorers places special emphasis on early childhood education and fun-filled activities. We provide age-appropriate enrichment for every Andover child to ensure positive growth. Guardians should always feel confident with their childcare decisions, and at Lil’ Explorers Daycare in Andover, we offer a school where children can succeed.

Our Team

Allison McKellips

Allison McKellips

Director

I have lived in this area for most of my life. I have two dogs, Cody and Tobias. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching sports, fishing, and shopping.

Hailey Webster

Hailey Webster

Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Hailey and I have been working with the Lil’ Explorers team in Andover, MN for over three years now! I started working as a float, than as an assistant teacher, than moved into a lead teacher role before accepting the Assistant Director position! I absolutely love working with children and watching them learn and grow. I am originally from Hallock, MN and moved to the Andover area about 5 years ago- working on and off with children for the past 12 years. In my spare time I love to spend time with my friends and family, go golfing and watch sports (SKOL Vikings)!

Preparing Your Child To THRIVE

Your child is unique, and we are happy to provide an educational, fun, and nurturing environment where each child can develop and thrive in order to build a bright future with unlimited possibilities.