Phase One Completed! On July 2, 2019 Love To Grow On (LTGO) opened a new child development center in Lino Lakes! For over twenty years LTGO leased space in churches and commercial buildings. Building our new center, licensed to serve 184 children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, has provided a welcomed sense of security for our organization.
Our Board of Directors' experience in business lending and development and knowledge of early childhood education made this project possible. Our Board Members genuinely embody the old African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child"! Having a permanent home will allow us to continue being an important part of the "village" caring for and raising up young children in our community.
Our natural outdoor spaces reflect our philosophy and understanding about the importance of children spending quality time in nature. Research shows that direct exposure to the outdoors is essential for the physical, intellectual, and emotional health and wellbeing of children. Our natural "outdoor classrooms" and extended time spent exploring our environment ignite children's curiosity while introducing them to the wonders of nature.
LTGO offers early childhood education based on theory, brain research, and in-depth studies which all reinforce the importance of unstructured play. We are Accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and have the highest possible Four-Star Rating through Parent Aware. But, what makes LTGO truly unique is a combination of inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and our commitment to exploring nature with children!
We believe children develop critical skills, the ability to problem solve, and the desire to "dig deeper" when they are active participants who question, explore, and experiment. We understand that learning can be messy business!
We are family focused! By intentionally building meaningful relationships with our LTGO parents we pride ourselves in providing a family focused program. We believe that by working together, promoting healthy families, and having fun together we can create the best possible outcomes for children, parents, and teachers. We host many family events throughout the year to bring LTGO parents and children together, helping to foster friendships and support systems that extend far beyond LTGO.