"I love KinderGardens! My two children have been going here for years and they absolutely love it. The teachers are welcoming and nurturing. The leadership team is always compassionate and finding new and creative ways to create a positive learning environment for our children. I know it is a great place to have my children, because they all too often do not want to leave their teachers and friends at the end of each day. They have created many friendships with the other children that have even carried through to school age. I have informed many families who are looking for a wonderful daycare center to send their children and that KinderGardens is the place to go. Between the teachers, owners, and facility, this place is the best. Keep up the great work KG! "
Tracy J. – Hugo, MN
"Five. That’s the number of years my children have been attending KinderGardens.
Fifteen. That’s the number of classrooms my kids have been in collectively.
Thirty+. That’s the number of teachers and staff members we’ve interacted with at KinderGardens.
Zero. That’s the number of times I’ve felt uncomfortable leaving my kids at KinderGardens.
The teachers and staff at KinderGardens are truly a part of our extended family. Simply put, they are amazing. And by amazing, I mean, thoughtful, considerate, loving, silly, joyful and compassionate.
My kids and I have been around the proverbial block at KinderGardens. They’ve seen us through a lot. And when things have changed in our lives - jobs, houses, family dynamics, medical history, or even a global pandemic, our constant has been KinderGardens. The staff and teachers are excellent communicators; I have always felt comfortable asking questions, voicing preferences for my kids, and hearing about KinderGarden’s learning curriculum or updated policies.
I remember the early days of dropping off in the infant rooms. Those teachers always made me feel secure in leaving my babies in their care. They provided love, security and attention so I could go to work without a second thought. Plus, their patience was something I always admired.
When my kids moved to the toddler rooms, I gained a newfound respect for those teachers! Talk about angels on earth. Not only do they manage to keep order in a room full of two-year-old’s, but they do it with a smile and a catchy song. Without the “clean up, clean up” jingle, I’m confident my living room would be in a constant state of disarray.
And when my kids moved to the Preschool and Pre-K rooms, I was floored once again. My children were now, more than ever, not just at a daycare center, but at a facility of learning! They come home with facts about our world, community, or classmates that entertain and impress me. “Did you know a brown bear can smell a ripe, red strawberry from up to a mile away?!” These classrooms ignited a love of learning in my kids. In addition to learning their letters, numbers, and colors these classrooms continued to teach about social and emotional intelligence. Respect for classmates, using words to express themselves, and listening to teachers will prepare them for “school where the really big kids go”.
I cannot speak highly enough about everyone at KinderGardens. They have supported us, celebrated milestones, and loved our family with each new stage. I wholeheartedly recommend KinderGardens for any parent or family seeking top-notch childcare at any age. This is a truly special place."
Katie C. – Hugo, MN
"I stayed home for almost two years with my daughter Gray before returning to work and finding a daycare. To say I was nervous is a total understatement. I remember asking my working mom friends how they picked their daycare. I was overwhelmed and scared of all the options. “When you know, you know. It’ll feel right,” they told me. I decided to trust my gut and my husband and I toured a couple of places. “They don’t feel right. I don’t know why but I just know it’s not these ones.” Then we met Janine for a tour at KinderGardens :)
It was the last week of school and students (who had been at the center since they were babies) kept coming up to her with flowers, and parents were tearing up thanking her for the center and how they were going to miss everyone. It made me tear up then and makes me tear up now thinking of that day! “This is it” I thought. Except, it couldn’t be, because they didn’t have a full time opening. Noooo! I begged and pleaded and asked how we could make it work; I knew we were meant to be there! Brittney was so helpful and accommodating and got us in for a part-time schedule to start in the summer. We are forever grateful!!! Between the teachers, aides, activities, directors, assistant directors - we feel so blessed. The smiles on my kids’ faces when we pick them up are priceless. I feel so comforted keeping our kids in the care of all these wonderful people - and also for accommodating my high-maintenance photo requests for when I miss my babies.
We love you all so much and can’t thank you enough for raising our kids with such love, kindness, joy, and FUN."
Maari S. – Hugo, MN
"Our kids don't want to come home at night they are having so much fun. The teachers are fantastic! My son looks out the window and meets Anne at the door in the morning. You can tell that the teachers are truly professionals and committed to the kids. The facility is great, very clean, safe and inviting. My son always says "the gym is a fun place!" We are so lucky to have such a great center in Hugo! It makes it a lot easier going to work knowing that our kids are safe and having a great time!"
Lynn M – Lino Lakes
“It’s very difficult to find good childcare—people that you entrust to care for your child. At KinderGardens you get it all: a professional staff that provides a fun and educational day working on a variety of skills—and peace of mind knowing that they are in good hands. When my 19 month old son arrives at KinderGardens he “hugs” his way in—he stops at each and every teacher—and at the end of the day, he doesn’t want to leave.”
Jackie W – Hugo
"I am definitely one of those nervous first mothers. It was very important to me to find a day care center that truly cared for my child. I visited 6 different centers. The moment I walked into Kindergardens, I knew this is where I wanted my child to go. So much thought was put into the set up of the facility. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. Janine, the owner, took the time to answer my questions and put me at ease. My son has attended Kindergardens for a little over 1 month now. The staff in the infant room is wonderful! They encourage you to call whenever you need to throughout the day and they truly listen to you. Nancy and Katie care about my child. Not only because it is their job, but because they are caring people who ENJOY their job and love children. When I leave him in the morning, he is happy. When I pick him up in the afternoon he is happy. My mind is definitely at ease with him at Kindergardens. I have recommended Kindergardens to all of my friends who have children."
Bobbi M – Hugo
"We love KinderGardens! An amazing center with friendly and caring staff that truly understands and takes care of our kids needs. They love attending their 'school house.'"
Tonya W – Hugo
"The facilities are stunning, the staff is caring and supportive, and the activities are fun and imaginative. We love it here."
Kent P – Hugo
"Your center turned out wonderful!! I love the infant room. Through your presentation you can tell that you actually do care. The kids will not only be well cared for, but their emotional and educational growth will be well addressed at the same time. That is a one in a million type center."
Brenda M – Hugo
"KinderGardens is a fun and loving environment to send children to. The staff really cares about each child, and it shows-from the hugs in the morning when they arrive to the calls at home to check on them when they're sick. Our kids especially love the indoor gym area and all of the fun activities. The older one gets up in the morning and asks "What's on the [activity] calendar today, mom?"
Michelle M – Hugo
"Hugo is truly lucky to have KinderGardens as part of the community. A wonderful mix of learning and fun for our children with a caring, compassionate, and competent staff in a beautiful new facility."
Kimberley W – Hugo
"I've really enjoyed coming to your center to offer classes. It's a happy place! The kids and staff are terrific and eager to be there which is so nice to see."
"It is nice to bring my daughter to a place with so much to offer-a great facility, wonderful enrichment classes, and a great preschool program. Above all is the staff, I feel truly thankful that she has such wonderful people watching over her."
Terri K – Lino Lakes
"What a wonderful facility for our daughter to learn and grow. The teachers are wonderful and knowledgeable. Everyone at KinderGardens make it fun and a nurturing atmosphere. We love it!! We will highly recommend KinderGardens to friends and family."
Paula R – Hugo
"I knew it was going to work out great when the morning after his first day at Kindergardens my son(almost 3 y/o) woke up and said from his bed (with a huge smile) "Go to school --see Sam and Ann!" (his teachers from his first day). And it's been that way since. The worst part is he doesn't want to leave...."
Eileen B– Hugo
"Our 14 month old loves going to "school" at KinderGardens. The staff recognizes our son's individual needs and they go out of their way to make sure his needs are met. We have been especially happy with the parent/center communication!"
Darrell and Carolyne Z – Hugo
"I am so impressed with the care that my children have received at Kindergardens since the first day that it opened. The staff seems to genuinely enjoy working with and teaching the children. Kindergardens has such a caring staff in the infant room, I have total comfort in leaving my 7-month-old in your care. It’s so nice to hear about his accomplishments each day. You offer so many wonderful programs for the children. My Daughter comes home and proudly shows me what she has learned in her sign language class and tells me the new words that she has learned in Spanish. She also enjoys the many visitors that come to the center to talk to the children such as the firefighters who were recently there. It is a blessing to have such a wonderful development center to send my children to with no worries.
Shannon G – Hugo
"Our family loves KinderGardens! The teachers are wonderful! We don't think twice about leaving our preschooler and infant because we know they will be in a loving, safe and stimulating environment. The cirriculum is great with a good variety of activities to keep the kids interested."
Kim and Carl S – Hugo