I was actually excited that first day I dropped my son, Jett, off at Casa de Corazón’s infant through preschool program. But I know that for some parents, that isn’t always the case. My friends have told me of the anxiety and panic they have felt when attempting to open the door to their new childcare center, of the gut-wrenching feeling they felt when their child cried for mom during the first drop-off, of that uneasy, ever-present feeling that made them think, “Is this the right choice? Is it too early for them? Should I go back?”
Of course, I was also a bit nervous since Jett is my firstborn, but I say I was excited because I knew exactly what to expect from Casa. Ever since my first interaction with the center’s staff, they have been helpful, welcoming, and answered all my questions. One thing that has stood out to me the most is how they uphold their Core Values of Living Whole-Heartedly, Bilingualism, Life-Changing Innovation, Perpetual Growth, Pioneering Interculturality, Healthy & Holistic Impact, and Extended Family.
Interculturality, Innovation, and Family
I see these values in the healthy, organic meals the cooks prepare fresh onsite for him. In the way Jett is excited to go to school and is greeted every morning by Ms. Monica with a big hug and warm smile. And as soon as I step into Casa, I see how they gracefully interweave interculturality, innovation, and family.
My son is now a joyful two-and-a-half-year-old and will soon head to Preschool A. I am thankful that he will continue to grow in a nurturing environment and start preparing for Kindergarten. The number of new experiences he’ll have, the field trips he’ll go on, and the new topics he’ll discover… It all makes me smile. When talking to his new teachers and after reading the monthly lesson plans posted outside their classroom, I’ve received a great sense of what he’ll be doing.
Jett’s teachers will not only work on reading, math, and fine motor skills to help him reach his developmental milestones but also teach him about friendships, respecting one another, and his emotions. He’ll go on field trips to places like the farm, where he’ll plant trees and learn about composting. One activity I know Jett is really looking forward to is participating in Trike-A-Thon Week. Trike-A-Thon is a week-long event hosted by St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital to raise funds for their hospital and teach preschoolers about trike/bike riding safety. I love that Casa supports this and other causes throughout the year and that they foster social responsibility in young children.
I believe my experience with childcare has been a positive one because I chose a center that not only aligned with my family’s values but one where I could see how Jett was going to be cared for and loved. It is also comforting when I receive updates throughout the day about how Jett is doing, thanks to the Casa App. For example, I get updates about when he is eating, napping, and even pictures of him participating in the activities.
I sincerely cannot wait for my next son, Jude, to start his journey at Casa de Corazón. He’ll be born any day now!
About Casa de Corazón:
Casa de Corazón provides quality Spanish immersion child care that families turn to for their children’s first educational experiences. Located in Shorewood, WI and MN, we provide safe, encouraging, and educational child care services that parents trust to engage their children while they are at work. Through Spanish immersion curriculum, sustainable practices, and an emphasis on social responsibility, we prepare children for their future endeavors both inside and outside scholastic settings.
If you are looking for quality care for your infant, toddler, or preschooler, request a tour!
Written By: Mallory French