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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.

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

Alyssa Huseby

Alyssa Huseby

School Director

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.

Abby Strand

Abby Strand

Assistant Director

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.

Reviews from Parents

4.0 Rating based on 25 Reviews Leave A Review
Abby Strand • Google
Ashleigh Porter • Google
I cannot say enough good things about Lil Explorers. Being a first time mom and nurse, I have had countless questions for the staff at the facility. The staff goes out of their way to patiently answer them and is amazing with my son. Every day I drop him off he is all smiles when he sees his teachers. They are attentive to his needs and ensuring he is meeting his milestones. In a world filled with so much uncertainty I am ALWAYS confident that my son will receive amazing care and be in a safe environment.
Tasia Leslie • Google
My child has been with little explorers for about 2 years. He started in the Infant 1 room at only 3 months old. He's now in the Toddler 2 room (2.5 yrs old). The teachers in each room have been amazing. I've noticed that since joining the Toddler 2 room, my son has learned a lot about the world around him and how to interact with it. I'm also extremely excited about the new programs Lil Explorers is rolling out, including the Lil Farmers program. We were drawn, at first, to the cost of the center. It is very reasonable for what they offer, and even more reasonable when compared to costs closer to the city. We stay because of the staff. The teachers are world class and I can tell my son feels the same way. It's clear the owners, directors and teachers care about the children in their care and the center's reputation. The center is always clean and the staff is always helpful. I've never had an issue with my questions being answered. Overall, I think we're a Lil Explorers family for life!
Steph Mroczkowski • Google
Absolutely would recommend Little explorers to everyone!! The staff are welcoming and truly care about your little ones. My daughter was there at 6 weeks old and is now 3... With that being said the staff and directors have been consistent which makes it even better knowing we can count on them, they know our family and greet you by name. Highly recommend!!! You don't feel like a number instead you feel apart of the lil explorers family! Andrea (director), Jenna(director), and Karlee (preschool teacher) are absolutely wonderful! Not to mention the other teachers who my little girls adore!! :)

Lil' Explorers Childcare Center

St. Michael, MN

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