Melissa's Philosophy of Care:
Melissa (Owner at Melissa's Munchkins Child Care) has received her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and offers a full
preschool program and skills needed to succeed in life. Melissa's job, as your child's caregiver is to keep your child safe and
to be a nurturing and educated role model. Melissa will coach your children towards succeeding in the real world, instill self
esteem, instill a love for learning, independence, respect for others, and accountability. Melissa coaches the children rather
than tell them how to do a task, meeting your child wherever they are in different areas of development. Melissa also works
closely with the parents to provide your child with the best possible care. It is only through parent/guardian interaction that
the goal of quality, nurturing care can be achieved.


Curriculum is used to create lesson plans and learn through hands-on experiences and play. Melissa has designed the childcare
space specifically to meet a variety of age groups. Nothing is off limits to the children as they are free to explore the
different learning areas. Toys are arranged in learning centers designed to make free choice a fun learning experience. Math,
Science, Writing, Art, Reading loft, Infant area, Puzzles, Puppets, Music and much more!

On any given day, regardless of the theme, circle time is a mixture of any of the following: weather discussion, calendar
(number, season, month, day of the week), letter, shape, color recognition, letter sounds and counting. A variety of tools are
used for teaching: singing, flash cards, homemade posters, language discussions to get the children brainstorming, read aloud
stories related to the theme, time of year, holidays, felt board stories, interactive homemade games.

Melissa's Munchkins take field trips to allow children to have hands on experiences that pertain to the theme. Some places
we go are Children's Museum, Science Museum, Dodge Nature Center, Pumpkin Patch, Apple Orchard, Parks, Zoo, Sea Life
Aquarium, Chuck-E-Cheese, and many more! In addition to field trips, enrichment programs come into the home to work with
the children on different areas such as fitness, music, and story time.
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For pictures of our learning activities, Click Here

Enrichment Classes

Stretch-N-Grow
The Fabulously Fun Fitness Program for Healthy, Happy Kids
The Stretch-N-Grow program is designed to promote exercise and wellness for preschool-aged children. It assists parents
and child care providers in developing good health and fitness habits in young children. Stretch-N-Grow stars participate in bi-
weekly sessions, which include exercise, activities, and discussions on health and related issues such as nutrition, hygiene and
safety. Stars have lots of fun while they learn to enjoy exercise and build good habits.
For more info on Stretch-N-Grow,
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Travel Tots
Adventures in Geography is a monthly adventure in learning that takes children on a journey around the world! Music, games,
stories, flannel board activities, puzzles and crafts combine to teach the children in your care about different places around
the world.  
For more info on Travel tots,
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Program Details
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Melissa's Munchkins Child Care
Lakeville, MN
melissaschildcare@gmail.com