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Currently accepting enrollments for Summer Camp 2021. Full time care for children ages 5-12 in an engaged, active, and educational program from May 31st to August 13th. Call today for details and to reserve your spot! 303-432-2468

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Partnering with Parents in Raising Great Kids

We come alongside working parents in providing the best possible care for children outside of their home. With a customized care plan for each child's individual needs, you can be confident your child is feeling welcomed and loved every single day!

Our OFFERINGS

We offer full time child care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Our dynamic teaching model helps children thrive at each stage of development. We offer full day enrollment schedules for 5 days per week, or part time schedules for 2 and 3 days per week. Please take a moment and get to know what makes us different in caring for your precious little loved ones!

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Our Mission is to provide a safe and welcoming place for children to play, engage with their friends, and explore the world around them. We have three guiding principles which help us to carry out this mission each and every day.

PRINCIPLES

1 - BELONG

When children know they are Safe, they feel free to explore and be creative. Their imaginations come alive and they can truly enjoy the games and activities they love. For us, a sense of belonging includes:

  • Safety: We provide actual and felt protection for children's physical and emotional well being.
  • Welcoming: We remind children every day of the joy they bring us! Our actions are designed to reinforce love and acceptance for who each child is. Each day we greet children warmly and remind them that we consider it a delight to be spending our day with them.
  • Consistency: Our kids know what to expect from us and what we expect from them. Routine is very important in early childhood development, so we have consistent teachers and regular schedules in each of our classrooms.
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Hartup 1992
“The single best childhood predictor of adult social adaptation is not school grades or classroom behavior, but rather, how well a child gets along with other children.”

2 - Play

Play is the language through which young children engage with the world and begin to make sense of all its complicated realities. It is how they explore, discover, create, and share with others.

  • We offer programs which focus on singing, dancing, artistic creation, and physical engagement. Each of these activities help children discover their unique interests, increase their independence, and express their emotions.
  • We offer children choices to explore the areas of play which interest them most. Our teachers work closely with parents in understanding and fostering the unique passions of each child. We also give children opportunities for personal expression through activities such as show and tell.
  • Pretend play is fostered as much as possible. Pretending helps children make sense of concepts they do not yet understand and enhances their ability to distinguish fantasy from reality. In later stages of early development, pretend play fosters creativity and gives children opportunities to invite their friends into their world. Inclusion is always supported as children learn to negotiate and cooperate with their peers.
  • Our classrooms and activities are designed to promote positive social interactions through engaging play. By offering cooperative and affable environments, we promote friendship through collaboration and commonality of interests.
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McCabe & Altamura 2011
“Children who are socially and emotionally competent have increased socialization opportunities with peers, develop more friends, have better relationships with their parents and teachers, and enjoy more academic and social successes.”

3 - Engage

We focus on the social and emotional development of young children. Strong academic programs can be beneficial, however we believe early childhood development is best fostered by focusing on a child’s emotional awareness and the skills needed for positive peer interactions. Some of our key principles include:

  • Providing environments designed to foster social and emotional development in the three foundational areas of trust, self-awareness, and autonomy. Each of these are supported differently based on the child's stage of development, their temperament style, and within the context of their family, community, and cultural background.
  • Developing strong attachment bonds with infants and toddlers by offering them responsive, affectionate, and emotionally available interactions. This supports a foundation from which they can maintain enduring relationships with others.
  • As children move toward Preschool, we monitor and support their social development by teaching them the skills needed for positive interaction, rather than focusing on correcting their challenging behaviors. Specific skills we look to promote include:
    • Identifying, understanding, and communicating their emotions.
    • The ability to persist at difficult tasks.
    • The ability to follow directions.
    • The ability to constructively manage strong emotions.
    • Development of empathy toward others.
    • Conflict resolution and problem solving.
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Living Our Values

Here are just 3 of the characteristics which distinguish the care your child receives at Growing Hearts and Minds

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Healthy Start Food Program

We are proud to serve a distinctively healthy meal program for your child throughout the day.

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Faith Foundations in Early Life

We are a Christian child care center. As such, we seek to offer ourselves as an example of the love of Jesus Christ.

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Environmental Consciousness

Giving great care to kids also means caring for the planet they will be living on.

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Meet Our Owner

Mr Jesse

Great care begins and ends with the teachers who spend their days with your child. As an owner, I have the privilege of focusing on hiring great teachers and then supporting them in being their very best. We go above and beyond in training our staff, giving them plenty of time off, and fostering a culture of creativity, collaboration, and FUN.

At Growing Hearts and Minds, your child matters! On behalf of myself and our entire team, it is an honor to get to spend our days with your kids!!

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Meet Our Director

Miss Naomi

I am incredibly passionate about providing GREAT care and education to young children. I have been blessed with the opportunity to lead such a wonderful child care center! My mission is to foster a learning environment that is fun, safe, nurturing, engaging, and supportive of each child’s individual developmental needs. I look forward to partnering with you in raising great kids!

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There is a lot more you'll experience when you and your little one come to visit our center.
Here are a few things you’ll want to ask us about.
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  • homeserviceicon2 Soccer
  • homeserviceicon3 Gardening
  • homeserviceicon4 Tadpoles Reports
  • homeserviceicon5 Science Friday
  • homeserviceicon6 Parent Care
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