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About Lil’ Explorers, Buffalo Preschool

Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center is a preschool serving the Buffalo area of Minnesota. Established in 2003, Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center continues to provide a safe environment for children ages 6 weeks through Pre-K that is centered on exploration and development. With highly qualified teaching staff, Lil’ Explorers offers a preschool curriculum that helps children develop a love for learning.

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. Each facility features Infant Rooms, Toddler Rooms, Preschool Rooms, and dedicated Pre-Kindergarten Rooms, along with a large gross motor room inside each location.

We believe in a partnership where parents and caregivers work together with teachers to promote the best possible outcome for every child.

At Lil’ Explorers, we strive to provide the best preschool and daycare for Buffalo, MN families. Our extensive facilities and curriculum are designed to help children thrive in an enriching learning environment that is also safe and nurturing. It is the mission of our childcare staff to provide top-notch service for all families and provide an enjoyable and exciting time for all children in our care.

Buffalo Preschool Enrichment Programs

Below are some of the programs offered at our Buffalo preschool center:

Lil’ Movers

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

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 farmers’ seasonal crops. Our students will explore the food through taste, texture, and smell, while learning about where the food was grown in our community.

The 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!

Learning Spanish

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.

A Loving and Supportive Environment For Little Ones

The Lil’ Explorers Childcare team is passionate about providing a warm and loving environment where Buffalo families feel confident that their child is safe and nurtured. Our experienced staff members are CPR, and First Aid certified, so you can rest assured that your little one is in good hands.

Additionally, our Buffalo daycare and Buffalo preschool programs are designed to encourage holistic development in young children. Our teachers work hard to create a supportive environment where every child feels valued and special.

If you’re looking for a Buffalo daycare or Buffalo preschool that puts your child’s needs first, look no further than Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center!

Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten

The Lil’ Explorers curriculum is designed to get your child ready for kindergarten and beyond. The curriculum focuses on the whole child, with an emphasis on social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Through hands-on activities, and skills-based learning, your child will develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. With a strong foundation in literacy, math, science, and social studies, your child will be well-prepared for kindergarten and beyond!

Growth & Development Partner For Buffalo, MN Families

Whether you are looking for Buffalo daycare or Buffalo preschool programs, Lil’ Explorers Childcare Center has something to offer your family. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our center or learn more about our program offerings!

Our Team

Leanne Ost

Leanne Ost

School Director

My name is Leanne, and I am the Assistant Director of Lil’ Explorers Buffalo. I live in Waverly with my husband, Jamie, and we are busy raising 4 kids. We enjoy sports, spending time with friends and family, and have recently become grandparents!

Paige Bruns

Paige Bruns

Assistant Director

My name is Paige, I am the Director at Lil Explorers Rogers!  I have worked in childcare for 7 years, I love working with kids and help them learn new things! My husband and I live on a farm and enjoy spending our time outside! My hobbies are reading, crafting and spending time with family.

Reviews from Parents

5.0 Rating based on 9 Reviews Leave A Review
Karrie Alberts • Google
Wonderful facility. Excellent curriculum. Great communication. Tasty, nutritional meals. Safe, clean, competent, transparent, warm, and welcoming. Our family feels super fortunate to have had our youngest child receive childcare and attend pre-k here.
Joe G • Google
If you are looking for a place where your babies will be happy, grow, and become all around great kiddos your search ends here. My little girl loves it here and honestly she surprises us with the things she learns. The teachers are 5 stars. I have no doubt in my mind she is in great hands and at a great place! Thank you staff for being yourselves and taking care of my little girl!
Paige Schumacher • Google
The Buffalo LE staff are so amazing! They are always willing to do what is asked for my little one! Love the communication I got everyday!
Alicia Yordt • Google
I absolutely love this daycare! All the ladies who work there are nothing short of amazing! My 3 month old is nothing but smiles when he sees their faces every morning. Bringing your baby to daycare so young is scary, leaving your entire world in a strangers hands but they have never felt like strangers they make you feel so comfortable. 11/10. Highly recommend!

Lil' Explorers Childcare Center

Buffalo, MN

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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.