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History and Mission

_DSC1198 - Version 2_B croppedCaring For Children (CFC) is a nonprofit Christian early childhood education center within Richfield United Methodist Church (RUMC). We serve families of children ages six (6) weeks through five (5) years. Licensed by the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, our secure center has seven classrooms and can care for up to 78 children.

parentawareCaring For Children is proud to have a 4-star rating (the highest) from Parent Aware. We offer Parent Teacher Conferences twice each year. This is an excellent time for parents to sit down with their children’s teachers to discuss each child’s development and wellbeing.

The center open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 51 weeks a year. We are closed approximately nine days each year for holidays and one week each year from staff development and curriculum planning. CFC accepts children regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.

For more information about Richfield United Methodist Church, visit www.richfieldumc.org.

Classroom Structure

Your child’s early years are a time for remarkable physical, intellectual and emotional development. Our classroom curriculum includes a variety interests and activities in both indoor and outdoor settings. From art, literacy, music, math, science, social studies and technology – to creative play and fun – our structured learning activities appeal to both children and their parents.

Caring For Children has seven (7) classrooms:
InfantsInfant 2MobilesTwos

Your child with embark on a journey of learning and exploration in our early academic programs.  Our curriculum, The Creative Curriculum, is purposefully constructed by using age-appropriate lessons to provide your child with a variety of academic experiences structured to promote problem-solving abilities, persistence, and a passion for lifelong learning.  Our teachers track your child’s progress through our child assessment system and daily communication.

Detailed information about each room’s curriculum is provided to parents of enrolled children and available for prospective parents upon request.

Meet Our Director-Catherine Mahler

“I believe that early childhood education is the foundation for a successful academic experience. Teaching children through a variety of experiences, environment, materials, and activities opens up the natural creative learning process in children. Our goal is to spark the natural curiosity of our students to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills.  I enjoy being a part of the natural growth and learning process that is met each and every day through our skilled teachers and our intentional teaching.”

Contact Information:
Email: director@cfcrumc.org
Phone: 612-866-1632


Caring For Children (CFC) is committed to providing only the best for children and their parents, and strives to meet the highest standards of childcare quality. Accreditation offers assurance to parents who are making one of the most important decisions in their children’s lives! Our programs provide a safe & healthy environment for children, and accreditation ensures teachers are well trained and have access to a curriculum that is developmentally sound.


Sadly, many children are not fully prepared for kindergarten. CFC has a four-star rating (the highest rating possible) from Parent Aware. This means we excel in the best practices that prepare children for kindergarten, and we go above and beyond health and safety requirements. Additionally, CFC’s four-star rating means we have been proven to:

  • Volunteer for extra, in-depth training
  • Devote ourselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
  • Adopt the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
  • Commit to daily activities and routines that help children learn

For more about Parent Aware, visit www.parentaware.org

NECPA Accreditation requires to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care.  Pursuing accreditation is voluntary and demonstrates an ongoing commitment of meeting quality standards through excellence in education.  The accreditation process is comprised of a rich self-assessment process involving parents, staff, and program management to reach for a higher level of quality in early education.

NECPA Standards:

  • Teacher/ Child Interaction
  • Health and Safety
  • The Physical Environment
  • Parent and Community Relationships
  • Program Administration

What NECPA Accreditation means to you and your family:

  • Provides a high quality learning environment for children that exceeds the threshold of quality set by licensing requirements.
  • Enhances credibility and loyalty amongst the school and your family.
  • Offers families an objective look at all aspects of your child’s school.
  • Provides local and national recognition to the school.

For more information please visit the National Early Childhood Program Accredidation (NECPA) website at http://www.necpa.net.



CFC is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

For more information visit Child Care Center Licensing Rules or MN DHS Child Care Program Requirements