Close to My Heart - Maplewood MN Child Care Center

1740 Van Dyke St N, 1740, Maplewood MN 55109
(651) 487-0001
1 Review

About the Provider


Our teachers are passionate about your child's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem. This is more than a job for our teachers: it's an opportunity for them to share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

Every teacher at Close to My Heart exceeds all requirements for the state of Minnesota! You will be very happy with our staff. All of our staff have had training for CPR and first aid. We are prepared for any and all emergencies.

Additional Information:

Infant Program

     Our Infant Program serves infants age 6 weeks to 15 months.  Your baby's first year will be filled with dramatic transformations! Our teachers are passionate about the advancement and growth of your child, so they develop lesson plans based upon the following learning objectives: physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. CLOSE TO MY HEART offers a quality experience to infants through primary care giving and a safe and nurturing environment in which the infants are able to explore and learn at their own pace.

Toddler Program​

​     Our Toddler Program provides an enriching environment with activities that are designed to enhance your child's total development in a quality early childhood education environment.

     We encourage their social, emotional and language development as they explore and enhance their overall development through fun-filled days engaging in activity corners within the classroom.

     Our toddler program focuses on constantly listening and talking with your children.

Preschool Program​

     Our program is designed to enhance brain development in a variety of age-appropriate and multi-sensory ways. It includes a variety of fun-filled activities to challenge and educate your child emphasizing school-readiness skills. Each child develops at a different rate; we recognize that and incorporate that into our program.

     The Preschool Program incorporates all curriculum areas using learning experiences that provide the foundation for academic success and lifelong skills:

Includes literacy, math, & science

Encourages thinking & problem-solving

Fosters appreciation of books & reading

Enhances social & emotional skills

Develops critical thinking skills & social maturity

Stimulates creativity & self-expression through creative arts & creative play​

​​     For the older preschoolers, we place a strong emphasis on school-readiness skills throughout a variety of thematic learning units. We also incorporate teaching your child colors, letters, numbers, and shapes.

School Age Program

​     CLOSE TO MY HEART provides an exceptional enrichment program for children both before and after school. Children may work on homework, use the computer, or explore other activities within the classrooms such as art, games, puzzles, or reading material. Children are served a morning snack and an afternoon snack.

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 130
  • License Number: 1053470
  • Age Range: Infants Toddlers Preschool School-Age
  • Achievement and/or Accreditations Parent Aware, NAEYC
  • Rate Range 353 Infants, 297 Toddlers, 265 Preschool
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • Languages Supported: English, Spanish, Hmong
  • Type of Care: Day Time child care
  • Schools Served: Webster, Willow, Presentation, Weaver
  • District Office: Ramsey County Human Service Department
  • District Office Phone: (651) 641-6665 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

Where possible, ChildcareCenter provides inspection reports as a service to families. This information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. We encourage families to contact the daycare provider directly with any questions or concerns, as the provider may have already addressed some or all issues. Reports can also be verified with your local daycare licensing office.

Report Date Report Type
2019-09-23 Correction Order
2018-10-11 Fine Order
2018-08-15 Correction Order
2017-07-24 Fine Order
2017-06-30 Correction Order
2017-06-21 Correction Order
2016-04-28 Correction Order

If you are a provider and you believe any information is incorrect, please contact us. We will research your concern and make corrections accordingly.


Erin K.M Oct 04, 2018
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

My daughter loved going to the center. Excellent staff, and curriculum. The Center Director Ann is amazing, genuinely cares for the well being of the kids, understanding, respectful, and supportive. My daughter was very sad to leave when Kindergarten started, but her teachers at Close to My Heart instilled the knowledge she needed to successful.

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