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LOVE TO GROW ON

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Preschools

Mission:

Learning experiences in a nurturing and accepting atmosphere wherechildren can develop a sense of trust and security; Opportunity to enhance thesense of dignity and self-worth within the child and their family, by fosteringthe growth and development of the “whole child” and offering support to thechild’s family; Instilling Christian Values at anearly age helps to promote loving relationships in which each child canthrive; Encouragement by creating a climate ofconfidence and success for each child to grow on.

Target demographics: provide a Christian based child care option.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 125 children and their families at our two centers, one in Circle Pines and the City of Lexington.

Geographic areas served: the North Metro area

Programs: early childhood education and child care for children 6 weeks old, up to the 6th grade. We are NAEYC Accredited and have a Four Star Parent Aware Rating. We believe children are capable learners who love to explore the world around them. We offer hands-on learning experiences and focus on nature and the arts. We are inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Helen M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love To Grow On is a wonderful place for children to grow, learn and play. I have been a teacher at Love To Grow On for 17 years. I have watched many satisfied families go from infancy to age 11 at our center. We are now hiring some of those dame children back as aids as they reach a working age and apply for jobs because of their gond memories. Messy play, cooperative play and learning are all important aspects of Love To Grow On, but the most important things is the relationships established between teachers and students, teachers and families, coworkers and the community.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Love To Grow On Early Learning Center uses developmentally appropriate teaching practices. It has been in existence for over 17 years and has many long term staff employed; some staff have been with the center almost from day 1. They are NAEYC accredited and have a 4 Star Parent Aware rating. The curriculum is Reggio Emilia inspired, with the focus on the child's interests and needs. Lots of outdoor play available all year round with an emphasis on nature and gardening included in the curriculum. Play is valued and embraced, and the whole child is nurtured. They believe in building strong family-teacher relationships.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We truly feel blessed to have Love To Grow On care for our kiddos. Our two kids have attended Love To Grow On for over four years, they were highly recommended to us by my brother and sister-in-law (their kiddos attended Love To Grow On too).
Our kids are most important in our lives and we wanted to find a center that could care for and nurture them while we work. We were a little unsure what of a center could offer since our previous experience was with an in-home child care. The staff exceeds our expectations! They are so caring and constantly looking for ways to engage our kids in creative play and exploration. They are also easy to approach if I have any questions or concerns.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a great job helping teach young children to be respectful and self sufficient. Their mission is important to how we raise our children.

Julie Bautch A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love To Grow On is an amazing child care center! Our three children enjoyed going everyday. The bonds they formed with their teachers and fellow classmates are priceless. Everyday the children would share their indoor and outdoor learning and adventures with us. The staff is caring, considerate and dedicated to positively influencing young people. Our children benefited greatly from their time at Love To Grow On.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LTGO has been a part of our family since 2014! We started with our son as an infant (12 weeks old) and he continues to love his "school" as an active toddler. The staff is warm, loving and truly cares about each child. I especially appreciate the open-mind of the team and program (cloth diaper, breastfeeding, special food request, family gardening day, stone soup...). Kids are happy and have fun learning/experiencing everyday with a lot of outside time. My son even asks why he can't go on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're in search of excellent, clean and a culturally diverse center, look no further!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family highly recommends Love to Grow On. The teachers are amazing and truly care about the children. Although my children are now in their teens, they look back at their time spent at Love to Grow On fondly, and have wonderful memories! My daughter is 14 years old and has volunteered at the center for the past two summers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attends this daycare. In My entire family, extended included, we have never had to put a child into a daycare center. My son was the very first to go into center care. We were over our heads trying to find one and were met kindly by LTGO. They answered every question, and more, and gave us more questions to ask and consider when looking at other childcare. We ended up choosing LTGO as they were far superior to any others we had seen. They have now been a part of our "family" for over 4 years. I wouldn't choose another childcare center for my child.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Love to Grow On provides that unique mix of child care center convenience with in home level of care and love for your kiddos. They let kids be kids; dirty, messy, explorers, while folding in the learning essentials. Above all, the staff truly care about your kiddo. they notice when something is "off" just as quickly as Mom would and maintain patience and provide comfort during times of growth and challenging developmental stages (aka. teething and terrible threes). Top Notch!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family loves Love to Grow On! It always gives me such peace when my daughter requests each morning to be picked up last, so that she can stay longer. The staff is amazing, and it is easy to see that they truly love working with children. I also really appreciate the secured entrance for additional safety. I would highly recommend this center to anyone who is looking for a home away from home for their child(ren)!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love To Grow On (LTGO) has always exceeded my expectations. They treat my daughter with respect and show genuine concern when she is expressing feelings to her teachers and helpers. The directors and teachers are knowledgeable in early childhood development and make a point to communicate progress with parents, regardless of the child's age. The children are exposed to a variety of activities that keep their minds and bodies active. The site has secure entry and is very clean (the toys and classrooms are cleaned daily).

Katie R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our kids have been going to Love To Grow On for a couple years and it has been amazing. The staff truly love the kids and our kids always come home happy and ready to tell us about their day. They have great activities and programs through the year hat help even the youngest children grow and learn.

Jodie Fair B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been actively involved with Love To Grow On for 7 years now, and I continue to be amazed by the dedication of the teaching staff, the heart of the administration and the values that they tirelessly work to incorporate into what they do with both children and staff on a daily basis. Children are loved, nurtured and challenged to grow. Love To Grow On teaches children the way research says kids are wired to learn. Hands on, higher level thinking opportunities and offered and children are challenged to work as a team, and to try new things. When they make a mistake, they are encouraged to learn from it and try again. Nature is a huge part of the program and the benefits of that are seen daily. At Love To Grow On, kids are learning and loving it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a grand mother whose granddaughter was enrolled at Love To Grow On for pre school and pre kindergarten. She had a wonderful experience, made many new friends, learned new concepts and activities (Winter Oympics 2015, new ideas on mirrors, drawing and painting flowers and other objects). There are so many positive things to say about LTGO!
As a board member, I see the dedication and professionalism of staff and administration.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years but also have 23 years of experience in the field of early childhood and parent education. One of the reasons that I wanted to be part of Love To Grow On was the evidence of high quality programming that I observed at all levels. Administrative and teaching staff exhibit a high level of dedication to both the children and the families that they serve. The curriculum, assessment and teaching philosophy used reflects a "whole child" approach with an emphasis on building relationships and supporting development for each unique child. The physical environment is nurturing and respectful of children's work and abilities. This is a program that truly lives up to it's name - Love To Grow On.... something every child needs!
Cindy Saarela

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My three children were cared for, taught and nurtured at Love To Grow On. The staff are tremendously patient and caring to every child. They plan fun activities and keep the kids active! We appreciated their attention to Christian values very much. Our kids looked forward to every day at LTGO. We feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to send our kids there.