Andra Platkowski, Center Director
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Safety first, make every day count, have fun, learn, smile a lot. Every child deserves the best of us!
In addition to her responsibilities as a teacher, Miss Jamie also serves as one of our Health and Safety Coordinators.
Every day is something new and exciting, just have a great attitude and embrace challenges!
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.
Two year olds are so eager to learn, I just have to help by guiding the activities. Whether it is cooking, art, or making patterns learning is easiest when it's fun!
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.
I believe it is better to teach children than subjects. No two children are the same so it is up to their teachers to connect to the individuals they are.
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.
My philosophy on teaching is that an open mind doesn't stop. When a child is inspired, they can do and learn anything.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.
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.
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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