Courtney Polkowski, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Busing is available TO & FROM Shannon, Rosemount, East Lake and Diamond Path Elementary Schools. AM bus runs take place between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM. PM bus runs take place between 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM.
Our center is accredited by NAEYC.
Meet Courtney Polkowski, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2011
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Child, Adult and Family Services
Favorite Children's Book: I Will Love You Forever
Meet Courtney Polkowski! She is the Center Director at Shannon Park KinderCare in Rosemount, MN. Courtney attended Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult and Family Services. She has been with KinderCare for ten years, and before that she was a teacher and an assistant director. “To teach is to touch a life forever.” Outside of work, Courtney enjoys spending time with her family, together they like to play outside and have family movie nights.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Shannon Park KinderCare Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
We LOVE our Shannon Park KinderCare!!! We are so happy with the care and 'extras' they offer. We are proud to say that our son will be going to Kindergarten knowing how to read. We could of not of done without KinderCare's wonderful phonics program!! I would highly recommend Shannon Park KinderCare to anyone looking for child care.”
Ben K. - KinderCare Parent
As a parent, I cannot say enough great things about the teachers, staff and Shannon Park KinderCare center! My husband and I have been bringing our children to KinderCare since 2006. We started our daughter at another daycare center and ran into issues with the care she had been receiving. As new parents, we were very concerned that this was a regular occurrence in all centers. When we checked out Shannon Park KinderCare in Rosemount, we knew that the care she would receive there would be different. We could just tell that the staff loved their jobs and the children loved them because of it. The class structures and routines really help kids learn not only basics (like ABCs and 123s) but also how to be good citizens. We believe that the KinderCare program really gives kids a head start for school. When it was time for our daughter to start Kindergarten, it was amazing how smooth the transition was.”
Stacy R. - KinderCare Parent
Our children started at the Shannon Park KinderCare in Rosemount five years ago in the infant room and two-year-old room. Five years later, we are still at the same KinderCare and LOVE IT!!
The KinderCare teachers become an extension of your family. The teachers in the younger classrooms are wonderful with the little ones. We never had to worry about nervous or anxious children because the teachers are quick to welcome the children into the classroom and they warm right up! The teachers in the Preschool and Prekindergarten rooms do a phenomenal job of preparing children for Kindergarten. Our children have grown very attached to so many of the teachers. It shows by how excited they are when they see their teachers and how often they talk about them when they are at home. They still seek out teachers from previous years to say hello and give them hugs!
This KinderCare center has a very low staff turnover compared to other centers. Most of the teachers that were at KinderCare when my children started five years ago are still here today. It's reassuring to know our children are spending their day with people committed to helping them learn and grow.
I can't say enough wonderful things about the Center Director and Assistant Center Director. They are always present and engaged in the classrooms and day to day activities. We have never had any major issues with this center, but for the occasional minor issues they have always been quick to act and respond. I always feel like they are working with me and not against me - so important as a parent!
The Learning Adventures programs - Wow!!! I cannot say enough great things about these programs! My children have participated in the Music, Cooking, Math and Phonics programs during our time at KinderCare and have loved all of them! I would recommend any of them but if you can only choose one, the Phonics program is top-notch! My oldest daughter started Kindergarten this year and thanks to the Phonics program and the Prekindergarten curriculum, she was mastering sight words, reading simple books and was even starting to write words based on how they sounded. This program is worth every penny!
I would absolutely recommend the Shannon Park KinderCare to anyone and I am so thankful for the roll this center has played in the lives of our two children.”
Katie C. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Shannon Park KinderCare?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Shannon Park KinderCare?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.