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Southwest KinderCare

Andra Platkowski, Center Director

3708 W. 44th St. Minneapolis MN 55410
(612) 922-6727 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS

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Linden Hills

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None at this time.

Our center is a free-standing building located near the intersection of 44th Street and France Avenue. We are in the middle of the Linden Hills neighborhood and feel lucky to be surrounded by family homes and small, local businesses. We have five large classrooms and two large playgrounds.


Welcome to the Southwest Minneapolis KinderCare. We are located in the Linden Hills neighborhood near the corner of 44th and France. We serve families with children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. We invite you to visit one of our six classrooms and meet our caring and experienced teachers.

We are proud to serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance.

Andra Platkowski, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


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.

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.

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.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


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.

Active Adventures

Teachers & Staff

The Southwest KinderCare is proud to introduce you to our caring and experienced teachers. All teachers have both education and experience in Early Childhood Education, as well as certification in First Aid and CPR, and of course a passion for positively impacting a child's life.

  • Andra Platkowski

    Andra Platkowski, Center Director

    I love being able to work with children and their families each day. Children bring so much joy and watching them learn and grow is so unique to each child. It is important to me that each family finds a home at our school. I often catch myself smiling as I think of a milestone met or a funny thing a child said; they brighten each day.

    Andra graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Child Pyschology. She was previously an infant and preschool teacher with KinderCare. She was the Asst. Director of the Southwest school before becoming the director in January 2015.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology
  • Stephanie Serakos, Assistant Director

    I believe that every child is unique and special and every child deserves a safe and loving environment to learn and grow.

    Ms. Stephanie was a teacher with KinderCare and in other Early Childhood programs prior to accepting the Asst. Director position with KinderCare Southwest.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associates; working on Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Jenny

    Miss Jenny, Young Infants

    Every day is something new and exciting, just have a great attitude and embrace challenges!

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    B.A. Psychology
  • Miss Tara

    Miss Tara, Toddlers

    I want to make sure each child is cared for and loved, also that the children are shown the many different ways of learning. Building relationships with the families here at KinderCare is important as well when you are caring for and loving each child.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
  • Miss Jackie

    Miss Jackie, Mobile Infants

    First and foremost, I want to make my classroom a place where my children's needs are taken care of. This would allow them to freely explore the world around them. I also love seeing my children engaging and playing with each out.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jackie was a school care and summer camp teacher before joining KinderCare.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor Degree in Child Pyschology
  • Miss Desiree

    Miss Desiree, Preschool

    It is my goal to instill a will to be lifelong learners, to develop a child as a whole, and create a curiosity for individual development and growth.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    B.S. Elementary Education
  • Miss Hollie

    Miss Hollie, Preschool

    My philosophy on teaching is that an open mind doesn't stop. When a child is inspired, they can do and learn anything.

    Previous Experience:
    Miss Hollie has several years experience in a child care center, caring for children of all ages. She also has worked as a nanny and is also a wonderful mother to her son.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Working towards Child Development degree
  • Miss Molly

    Miss Molly, Pre-Kindergarten

    I believe children learn best while they are playing. I also feel that positivity and patience are key to a successful learning experience for children.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom Miss Molly worked as a Literacy Tutor for the Minnesota Reading Corps.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    B.A. Sociology
  • Ms. Ciara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I like working at KinderCare because I enjoy seeing how much I can impact a child's life and everyday learning. I like seeing the excitement on a child's face when they accomplish a task they've been working really hard on! It brings me so much joy to see a child get excited about their learning and have such a positive outlook on education.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Miss Brae, Multi Age Teacher

    I enjoy working at KinderCare because I love kids — I love to be able to help me learn and grow! I feel it is important to build a relationship with each child in order to give them the best possible education.

    Year Started:

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Eco-Healthy Child Care Center

    Eco-Healthy Child Care Center

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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 are proud to keep a healthy and safe building for our children, families and staff. Our building is a secure-entry facility and management offices are located in the front of the building allowing us full view of visitors to the center. We have an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator and work with a Registered Nurse to ensure our building is a healthy, safe and clean center. We are proud of our fully fenced playground and our classrooms all have multiple emergency exits. We are both a State of Minnesota licensed and NAEYC accredited center and work hard to meet their strict health and safety standards.

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.

We are so lucky to have such a great center for our children to go to! Our children have made it so we have been in each class in the center and each teacher is so attentive, kind and warm. It makes it easy on us to leave our kids with you because we know they are in good hands, with people who truly care about them and their well-being. Thanks to each of you, who make a difference in our kid's lives every day they are at KinderCare!

- Mother

Knowing our child is in the care of educated professionals everyday provides us with a priceless level of comfort.

- Mother

I am impressed with all the KinderCare staff. The individual attention given to my child, and the relationships built with that attention, have helped his abilities and self-confidence to flourish.

- Mother

We've been extremely happy with our choice of KinderCare Southwest! The teachers are professional & energetic! We continue to be amazed how they successfully balance a classroom of infants - and build a personal connection with each one of them! We are grateful for their partnership in helping our son develop & grow.

- Parents

My daughter's favorite thing to do is write her numbers and letters. On all bits of paper I find all the numbers, though I think her favorites are 2 and 5.

- Mother

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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