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Awareness is Key at Little Sprouts Academy

Joe and Lucy Lawrence have something very special to offer Menomonie and the surrounding communities in their new child care/learning center, Little Sprouts Academy Menomonie LLC.

Naturally, the development and well-being of children is their first priority, but how those goals are accomplished is what makes Little Sprouts unique. Joe and Lucy have a passion for eco-awareness. To them, the impact environment has on people (especially young people) is critical to their development and well-being. Recognizing that all aspects of our health are influenced by the environment in which we live and choices we make (for ourselves and our children) is a focus of their center. Not only will children be loved, cared for, taught, and nurtured at Little Sprouts, but Joe and Lucy have made it their goal to provide an environment that says: We are aware! When considering the environment the children would be in on a daily basis, they took into account the exposure children would have to chemicals and toxins. The cleaning products, flooring, paints, foods, toys, and furniture were all mindfully selected to be the least harmful for the children.

Even more importantly, this awareness goes deeper; while at the center, the children will have opportunities to learn to be aware of their environment and make sound choices for themselves. Offering opportunities for gardening, composting, recycling, and learning about making healthy food choices and the impact their choices have on their health will be key to the growth and development of children who are the future leaders of our communities.

They call themselves, “eco-aware”, because Joe and Lucy acknowledge that they are aware, but certainly not “all-knowing”. Life-long learners themselves, they realize that awareness is the first step to making changes (changes that will affect your future) and that knowledge and new information will always become available, challenging them to make changes that will be best for the employees and children in their learning center.

It is their goal to help children become productive citizens of our communities and with that, educating families and the community will be a step in achieving their goal. Not only will Joe and Lucy provide learning environments for children, but they are excited to also offer classes for parents and the community.

If you have an interest in learning more about Little Sprouts or have something that you would like to share with Joe and Lucy, please contact them at 715-403-1338 or by e-mail at joe@menomoniesprouts.com or lucy@menomoniesprouts.com.

Little Sprouts offers:

  • Full or half-day care for children 6 weeks-5 years old
  • Drop-in care
  • School-Age Care (before and after school)
  • Summer School Program
  • 4K
  • Employment opportunities for lead and assistant teachers and cooks

They’d love to meet you — stop on by!

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