Waconia Location

Children of Tomorrow is an independently owned, family run childcare/preschool center that offers a bright, exciting, clean and caring learning environment for children 6 weeks to 9 years of age.

As a center licensed to care for 160 children, Children of Tomorrow is committed to working closely with our families to ensure that the special needs of every child are met. Our teachers, assistants and aides offer a close-knit, team approach to childcare that encourages parent involvement. Our management team works closely together to ensure they meet their common goal of making the children their number one priority. Every staff member makes it a point to know each family that is a part of the center.

The Children of Tomorrow Waconia Childcare is conveniently located just east of the Waconia water tower in the heart of the new Interlachen Development, and just footsteps from the Target Store off of Highway 10.

The owner Aleta Mechtel, prior to opening Children of Tomorrow Chanhassen in 2000, worked as a Kindergarten Teacher. Aleta has developed relationships with the surrounding School District 110 in Waconia. Aleta’s vast amount of experience and knowledge concerning children and childcare has lead to the huge success of Children of Tomorrow in Chanhassen and wanted to continue this success into Waconia.Aleta’s idea that Waconia would be the perfect place for a second location has come to fruition and she couldn’t be happier with her decision. With the new expanded growth in housing and businesses, there was an apparent need for high quality personalized childcare and Children of Tomorrow has the answer to that need. Waconia is great! It has a friendly small town feel in a very progressive and growing community.

“It was the right place at the right time for us.” She was able to bring experience from her eight-years of directing COT in Chanhassen. She understands the benefits of a fabulous staff, remarkable learning program, and a secure environment. Her thought was, “Why not bring these same wonderful and incredible qualities to a new location where the growth is remarkable and the demographics are changing more rapidly than one can say? Waconia offered all this and makes the new Children of Tomorrow the best childcare in the area!”

There are two large play areas in the back with separate age appropriate climbing structures on a turf surface area that resembles a private backyard.

Inside, the classrooms are clean and gorgeous. The fact that this state of the art facility is adorned by beautiful artwork on the walls, friendly teachers and giggles throughout, makes this child friendly environment even more welcoming. It’s not just the beauty though that makes this a wonderful place for children to grow and learn in. It’s also the program itself! Children of Tomorrow prepares children to enter the elementary schools ready to learn. Included in the educational plan are Spanish, computer classes, music classes, physical fitness and nutrition. Also, each classroom is equipped with educational toys, books, and lessons from the infant room to the Kindergarten/School age rooms.

COT maintains a childcare center that meets the educational objectives of all learners while fostering healthy self-esteem and student success in all areas of life.

Our Goal, Philosophy, Mission


Our goal and philosophy at Children of Tomorrow make us a leader in childcare. COT is committed to ensuring that children who attend our center feel accepted, appreciated and comfortable in their surroundings. Our mission is to raise the self-esteem of our students and empower him or her to reach their full potential. Each day, in all interactions with students, all students are treated with respect, compassion and understanding. COT has high expectations for all of our students in academics, behavior and peer interactions. We do all we can to help them meet these expectations.

Find Out More

We encourage you to come in and see for yourself why Children of Tomorrow is a unique learning center that you and your children will love. To set up a tour, simply call us at either our Chanhassen, Waconia or Norwood Young America Center.