Child Care

Community Christian School Preschool & Eagle’s Nest Childcare Center
Heartland Community Action Agency Child Care Resource & Referral
YMCA Child Care Center
Loving Arms Child Care Center & Preschool
Stay ‘N Play Child Care Inc.

Contact Phone Email/Web Site Program Description
Community Christian School Preschool & Eagle’s Nest Childcare Center
1300 19th Ave SW Willmar, MN 56201
Tracy Borstad
CCS Preschool
Sarah Friesen
Eagle’s Nest Childcare
(320) 235-0592

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CCS Preschool & Eagle’s Nest will provide all children with a God-centered child care and education program. CCS Preschool & Eagle’s Nest has a desire to glorify God in all things and to pursue quality in our program for each child’s needs and abilities. We will offer a Christian curriculum which will encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. The Christian teachers will provide a safe, loving and comfortable environment for early learning.

Heartland Community Action Agency Child Care Resource & Referral
200 SW 4th St., PO Box 1359 Willmar, MN 56201
Sue Thomes (320)235-0850 x. 616

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Services for licensed child care programs: lending library of books and DVDs on child development, curriculum, activities for children, business issues; consultation and support to start or strengthen your child care program; 10 programs each year can participate in the Building Quality Initiative, a series of visits and observations, using the Environment Rating Scales.
Services for unlicensed FFN (Family, Friend, Neighbor) Caregivers:
Do you take care of your grandchildren, nieces, or nephews while the parents are at work? Do you provide care for a friend or neighbor’s child? We have mini-grants available for items that are directly related to care of the child, such as health and safety items, children’s toys and books We have information about activities to do with children, and we can point you toward classes about how children learn and grow. Call or email to find out how to apply for a mini- grant: (320)235-0850 or 800-992-1710 or
Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA Child Care Center
2200 23rd Street NE Suite:0070, Willmar, MN 56201
Troy Pederson (320) 231-7050

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The Kandiyohi County a very special place where adults and children gather on a daily basis to play and learn, see and do, observe and experience, explore and journey. The Childcare Center, in the Health and Human Services Building, is a licensed childcare center with space for 8 infants, 14 toddlers, and 42 preschoolers/school- age. Our teachers are qualified, certified, and attend on-going training. Teachers design curriculum around weekly themes, letters, numbers, and character values.Each room has learning centers like Reading, Art, Family Living, Small Manipulatives, and more, and daily plans provide time for Outdoor Activities in a child-friendly playground. The Childcare Center accepts Childcare Assistance Funding and may be able to provide scholarships and sliding fees with funds from the United Way and the YMCA Partners with Youth Program. Be assured that we always treat children in our care with kindness and respect. Our staff are all trained to use Positive Behavior Guidance methods to gently guide disruptive children, and to reinforce and praise children making good behavior choices. Stop on out to our facility or give us a call and let the Y care for your child as much as you do.
Loving Arms Child Care Center & Preschool
1101 Willmar Ave. SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Donna Brau, Director
(320) 235-1441 ext. 24
(320) 235-7271

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Loving Arms CCC is a fully licensed and accredited early childhood program serving children ages 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. As an accredited center, we strive to offer the highest quality of care and early learning experiences for children. Our classrooms operate with low teacher-to-child ratios (Infants 1:3; Toddlers 1:5; Preschool 3’s 1:6; and pre-K 4-5’s 1:8).

As a ministry of Vinje Lutheran Church, our faith-based curriculum is incorporated into daily living and learning. Using Creative Curriculum as our foundational structure, teachers provide developmentally appropriate experiences to support a monthly study theme. For example, during a study on dinosaurs, preschool children baked a ‘choco-saurus’ cake which they ate for afternoon snack, learning about science and math through their baking activity.

We have two outdoor play spaces – a large muscle playground for riding tricycles, climbing, sand play and sliding; and a NEW NATURE CLASSROOM to encourage exploration and wonder. Features of our nature classroom include a garden bed, water play area, outdoor musical instruments, climbing stumps, balance beam, and “loose parts” for supporting imaginative play.

Stay ‘N Play Child Care Inc.
1707 18th St NE Willmar MN 56201
Kristin Jaquith 320-222-3084

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It is our mission at Stay ‘N Play to provide care for all children in a safe, caring, happy environment that will meet the needs and encourage growth and development for all children. We recognize that each child is unique and develops at an individual rate. We want to help each child reach their fullest potential.

Our programs assist in the development of emotionally, socially and physically healthy children. We cater to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. We offer year round preschool as well as nonschool day care. Our rates are flexible and we strive to meet the needs of every family.

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