Rochester Poppins is a local, family-owned agency serving the greater Rochester area. We are run by our owner and operator, Karine Kvam, and her small team of local helpers and professionals.
Karine is a Minnesota girl, born and raised around the Rochester area. Making connections, sparking up conversations, and getting to know people is Karine’s natural way. Communicative and approachable, Karine’s natural skillset lends itself well to listening to people and understanding their goals. With an educational background in Psychology and Special Education, Karine has served as a Mental Health Child Counselor, Preschool Teacher, Autism Specialist, and has worked one-on-one with children of many diverse backgrounds, and levels of ability. Karine has over ten years of experience as a Household Manager, Traveling Nanny, Live-In Nanny, and Live-Out Nanny. She has endless hours of professional training in interpersonal communications, child psychology, early childhood development, therapeutic methods, behavior observation, neuroscience, spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, and youth & family systems. She has hired and maintained household staff and has observed first-hand the nuances that can arise when searching for a good match. Karine saw the need for a robust Nanny industry in her own backyard and built Rochester Poppins to meet this need. Read Rochester Locals article on Karine's first "pop" into the Rochester childcare scene here.
Sammie Koppenhaver is Rochester Poppins right hand gal! Sammie is our social media manager, blog creator, and community playdate coordinator. Sammie’s educational background is in social work, child and developmental psychology, and early childhood education. Her background includes 10 years of Nanny and Household Manager experience and has worked in a Minneapolis crisis nursery as a residential crisis professional. Sammie is a mother to Anika, who guest stars on our social media pages often. Sammie has a passion for helping parents to feel equipped and confident in their parenting lives and loves to foster independence, self-esteem, and confidence in little ones.
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WHAT WE VALUE
-Exceptional care for children that meets their developmental needs rather than simply getting them through the day.
-Integrity every step of the way.
-Strategy, precision, and positive insight in the match-making process.
-Retention and long-term matches, whenever possible.
-Empowering Nannies and families to uphold industry standards for sustainable and fulfilling partnerships.
-Opportunities for Grandnannies, Mannies, and everyone in-between.
-Parents feeling fully supported to take their place in the workforce, knowing their home is in great hands.
-Opportunity for everyone, regardless of race, faith, or orientation. We welcome everyone.
-Safety of children, families, and Nannies in all placements.
-Giving back to local community members and organizations in need.
Our evidence-based childcare advice is something we emphasize every step of the way in our educational resources and in the Nannies that work with us.
What is developmental psychology? Developmental psychology is a field that covers human development throughout the lifespan, from birth through death. It focuses on understanding how the human brain develops, and how previous areas of development affect future stages of life. Using developmental psychology to guide our parenting choices, we can raise kiddos who are well equipped for adulthood with a solid foundation of emotional and mental health. We empower our caregivers and families to teach kids how to navigate the world around them in a peaceful and cooperative way.