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Kenrick Avenue KinderCare

Courtney Polkowski, Center Director

17455 Kenrick Ave. Lakeville MN 55044
(952) 898-1200 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
one block off County Rd 50

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cherry View, Oak Hills, Christina Huddleston, Eastview, Lakeview, Lake Marion and Orchard Lake Elementary Schools.

It's that time of year to be thankful for what you have and help those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Please bring any donation of a new, unwrapped gift for children ages newborn through teen to your center to be donated to Toys for Tots. Donations accepted anytime before Friday, December 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our center leadership team. Thank you for your donation!

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Welcome to Lakeville KinderCare and Preschool! We are located on Kenrick Avenue across from the fire station. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child, with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. All of our teachers have a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and have been with the company a very long time.

Courtney Polkowski, Center Director

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Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

Here at Kenrick KinderCare we take pride in who we have teaching your children. A lot of our teaching team has been part of the KinderCare family for more than ten years. Our teachers work as a team to ensure each child receives an individualized education. Each child is celebrated for the achievements they make and encouraged to grow their skills from where they are at, at the moment. Please take a moment to read about all of our qualified teachers!

  • Courtney Polkowski

    Courtney Polkowski, Center Director

    Each day I come to work looking forward to being able to make a difference or an impact on a child or families life. I take pride in learning about each family and each child. I do everything I can to make them feel 100% confident about leaving their children in our care each day!

    Courtney has been part of our KinderCare family since August of 2011. She attended Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child, Adult and Family Services. Upon graduating, Courtney moved home and became Lead Teacher both in the Infant and Preschool room. After three and a half years of teaching she was looking for a change. She loved working with kids but wanted to be on the other side of things. That's when she started with us as our Assistant Director; after three years of this, was promoted to Center Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Courtney has previous experience as a Lead Infant and Preschool teacher as well as being the Assistant Director at KinderCare for three years before being promoted to Center Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    I'll Love You Forever, I'll Like You For Always
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child and Family Services
  • Jessica Flintrop

    Jessica Flintrop, Assistant Director

    My day is complete when I walk into the room and the children always have a smile and sometimes a hug for me.

    Jessica's journey with children started with working in the Lakeville School District as a Para Substitute working with children with special needs. After working with the school for two years, she realized that working with children is what she loved to do.Jessica started working with KinderCare in February of 2007. She started out being an assistant teacher in the Preschool Room. After about 2 years working as an assistant teacher, Jessica received her Early Childhood Associates and was promoted to a PreKindergarten teacher. In the summer of 2010, Jessica was ready to take on a new challenge and become an Assistant Director.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working at KinderCare, Jessica worked for the Lakeville School District for two years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ms. Nelson is Missing
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Associates Degree
  • Ms. Janey

    Ms. Janey, Infant Classroom

    My day is complete when I walk into the room and the children always have a smile and sometimes a hug for me.

    Ms. Janey worked as a nurse for 30 years taking care of heart patients. Many of our Infant parents find her nursing background very comforting. She has such a loving tender touch with the babies and builds great relationships with the parents.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Janey was a nurse for 30 years prior to becoming an Infant teacher for KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Associate's of Science Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Katie, Infant Classroom

    Previous Experience:
    Ms Katie was a stay at home mom for three years and decided not only did she want her own kids to get an early start towards their education by coming to KinderCare, but she loved being with kids as well.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
  • Ms. Mariah, Preschool & Learning Adventures

    Ms Mariah joined our family in February of 2016 and has been a great addition to our team! Her love for kids shows with how they welcome her here each day! Her favorite thing about teaching is to see children progress in the things that she has taught them.  She loves being in the classroom because she "is a child at heart so they all have fun!" 

    Previous Experience:
    Mariah was a nanny for 5 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Toddler and Discovery Preschool Classrooms

    The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein

    Ms. Sara has worked for KinderCare since 2011, and it has been very rewarding for her in many ways. She loves everything from seeing a child recognize colors and shapes, to getting a child potty trained. Ms. Sara attended Dakota County Technical College in 2008 and is currently working on completing her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development. She drives herself to achieve the greatest reward, which is to try to give the children the best education they could receive.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Sara was a nanny and a teacher at various other centers.
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Pursuing Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Preschool Classroom

    I really love seeing the children's faces shine when they accomplish something for the first time.

    Ms. Jennifer is a very patient teacher. She is used to working with challenging students and has most recently partnered with the school district to help a child with special needs. She successfully implemented all the suggested strategies for her students to have a positive experience at KinderCare.

    Year Started:
    26 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    26 Years
    Associate's Degree in Applied Science
  • Ms. Jodi

    Ms. Jodi, Preschool Classroom

    I get inspiration from watching a child smile when they realize that they can do something that they just told you they couldn't.

    Ms. Jodi's experience at KinderCare ranges from Director to teacher. The job she loves the most is the one she's spent the most time doing: teaching Preschool. She enjoys all the challenges of a new classroom and watching the children develop so much even within one short year. Ms. Jodi has a calm, matter-of-fact attitude that the kids adore because they know exactly what to expect from her. She tells us all the time that the longer she teaches children, the more she learns from them.

    Previous Experience:
    Jodi has done it all at KinderCare! From being a teacher to a Center Director, Jodi found her true passion in working with pre-school and pre-kindergarten kids.
    Year Started:
    32 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    37 Years
  • Ms. Bethany, Prekindergarten and School Age Classroom, Health & Safety Coordinator

    People may see me as 'just a teacher' but I'm too busy inspiring kids to find their passions, learning along side my students and cultivating dreams to let that bother me. It's not just a job to me, it's my heart.

    Ms. Bethany is our Health & Safety Coordinator. She does a wonderful job making sure that our school continues to uphold state and NAEYC standards.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Bethany worked with a different Early Childhood Education company prior to coming to KinderCare six years ago and has many years experience as a babysitter and nanny.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Angie, KinderCare Teacher

    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." - Alice Morse Earle

    KinderCare has been Ms. Angie's job since High School. She loves the children she teaches and looks forward to them coming back to say "Hello" to her when they have outgrown the Center. She has an amazing way with the children and many times parents request for their child to be in her room.

    Year Started:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

We take Health and Safety very seriously. All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified and they also get re-certified with Shaken Baby, SIDS and a variety of other trainings on a yearly basis. We have a designated person to keep up on our center Health and Safety requirements to maintain our licensing standards. KinderCare has all day trainings twice a year for teachers to further their Professional Development. Many Health and Safety issues are covered at these trainings.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

My aunt and I sure appreciate all the work done by the teachers at Lakeville KinderCare! All the kids in every room are smiling and happy, as there are many activities to keep them busy. The teachers are patient, loving and knowledgeable. Communication is never an issue because everyone is on the same page! Thank you Ms. Angie, Ms. Bethany, Ms. Kari and Ms. Cindy! We would recommend that if you are in need of quality child care, Lakeville KinderCare is your only option!

- Mother

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