About Us

Meet Us

Kid's Haven located in Buffalo, MN is a family owned and operated child care center founded by Terry Peterson. Terry started in the child care business doing home daycare in 1982. In 1986, she hired Shawna Fadden to assist her in her home daycare. Shawna has been the Assistant Director at Kid's Haven since it opened in 1991. Missy Sjolin (Terry’s daughter) started working at Kid’s Haven in 2002 and took over as the Director in 2014. Jaclyn Marek started working at Kid’s Haven in 2006 and became an Assistant Director in 2016. In 2020, Missy started the process of buying Kid’s Haven. Terry, Missy, Shawna and Jaclyn enjoy the opportunity to spend time with the people of this community and to watch the children grow up - "It is a true blessing to be such an important part of so many lives."

Our Philosophy

Kid's Haven believes that all children learn through active exploration of their environment and therefore the environment plays a critical role in learning. The goal of Kid's Haven is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners by actively exploring their environment.

We believe Learning isn't just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. We create an environment for children to explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking).

We identify goals in all areas of development: Social/Emotional, Cognitive, Physical and Language. The planned activities for the children, the organization of the environment, the selection of toys and materials, planning the daily schedule and interacting with the children, are all designed to accomplish the goals and objectives of the curriculum and give your child a successful foundation to build his/her education on.

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