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About Lil’ Explorers Preschool in St. Michael, MN

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

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, dedicated Pre-Kindergarten Rooms and School-Age Rooms, along with a large gross motor room inside each location.

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.

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 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. 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, the exposure of a foreign language can have many cognitive and academic benefits.

Our Team

Abby Strand

Abby Strand


My name is Abby, and I’m the Director of Lil’ Explorers Childcare of St. Michael. I live in Rogers with my husband, our 3 kids, and our three pets! I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my children’s activities, and crocheting. I’ve worked in childcare since 2002 and am passionate about giving children the best, most positive start to their education experiences!

Mya Russell

Mya Russell

Assistant Director

My name is Mya, and I’m the Assistant Director of Lil’ Explorers Childcare of St. Michael. I have my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I moved to Otsego with my boyfriend in 2020, and started with Lil Explorers in 2021. I love spending time with my family and puppy Nellie, and we are expecting a baby girl in September! We love to go to the cabin, ice fishing, and traveling! I love watching kids learn and grow and watch teachers grow as well!

Reviews from Parents

4.3 Rating based on 34 Reviews Leave A Review
Nicole Krapfl • Google
We have had 3 children attend Lil’ Explorers over the past 5 years. The current directors Abby and Mya have done a wonderful job in the center. The curriculum and menu has improved over the years and I appreciate the long term employees who have cared for our children. It has made it easier to return to work knowing that the infant room staff has remained consistent. I would definitely recommend the St. Michael location!
Lindsey Mason • Google
All three of my kids have gone through LE program. We started at the Rogers location and when my middle child graduated from pre K, we moved my youngest to St. Michael. We have been blown away by the leadership of the directors Abby and Mya. We are welcomed each morning with a smile, have open communication with the teachers and directors, and have been so impressed with the education provided by his teachers. The center is clean and cared for, the teachers play with the children, the staff smiles at you, and if you have a concern, the directors are happy to help find a solution… it has been a great experience.
Jordan Reh • Google
Erin Lucas • Google
Our son has been going to Lil's Explorers for a few years now and we love it! He is in the 4 year old classroom and his teachers do a fantastic job keeping those 4 year old's entertained all day! His teacher is so creative and switches up their class room all the time so there is always something new for them to play with. They also do some really fun art projects and science experiments! I can really tell his teachers really care and are passionate about their kiddos and as a parent, that is huge!

Lil' Explorers Childcare Center

St. Michael, MN

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