New center expands child care options for Grand County parents
Little Sprouts Learning Center, a new center for children ages’ infant through preschool, will open their doors on June 15; helping to respond to local needs for expanded early childhood care.
When they do open the new nonprofit will drastically expand Granby’s, and Grand County’s, early childhood care options. Little Sprouts Executive director Jessica Driver is excited about the new venture.
“We will have an emphasis on infant and toddler care providing an additional 28 infant/toddler spots, which surveys have shown is the area of greatest need in the county,” said Driver. “We will also care for preschoolers.”
The Little Sprouts Learning Center will be located at 43 Ten Mile Drive in Granby in the former location of the Learning Hands Child Care Center. In total the new Little Sprouts facility will have the capacity for 38 children daily including one infant room for up to 8 infants, two toddler rooms with up to 10 toddlers in each room and a preschool room with up to 10 preschoolers.
“In essence, we can work with children 8 weeks to 5 years old,” Driver stated.
Driver has more than six years experience working in early childhood care through her time at Grand Kids, A Discovery Center for Early Learning, in Fraser. Driver is partnering with Amy Miller at Little Sprouts. Miller has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the former director of the Church of the Eternal Hills preschool in Tabernash.
The nonprofit organization is managed by a Board of Directors including Melissa McNertney, Kelley Devore, Emily Caldwell, Kajsa Anderson and Chairwoman Sarah Bambur.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the opening of Little Sprouts Learning Center in Granby,” said Bambur. “Parents like myself have a new, quality child care facility close to home that focuses on what is best for our children while supporting parent’s needs.”
Many local organizations helped get Little Sprouts up and running. “We have been getting some excellent help from the Grand Foundation, Grand Beginnings and other entities in the county,” Driver said. Driver and Miller worked closely with Patrick Brower of the Grand Enterprise Initiative and DiAnn Butler the Grand County Economic Development Coordinator, to help get thing started.
“Many people have realized that this new center is needed to help working parents with their child care needs,” Driver stated.
If you have questions about the new childcare learning center or would like to get onto the enrollment list contact Little Sprouts Executive Director Jessica Driver at 970-887-3037.
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