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About Lil’ Explorers, St. Michael
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.
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.
My name is Alyssa, I am the center director for Lil Explorer’s St. Michael. I live in Rogers with my Husband Alex, our daughter Carmyn, and our two fur babies, Ricky and Kaiser. We enjoy boating, ice fishing and snowmobiling.
My name is Abby, I am the assistant director for Lil Explorer’s – St. Michael. I live in Rogers with my husband, our 3 kids, and four pets! My favorite things to do are watching my kids’ sports, theater and other events. I also enjoy crocheting gifts for my friends and family.