Bilingual daycare finds home in Northwest Rochester

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Casa de Corazón, led by the founder and owner Nathalie Standridge, announced earlier this fall that she hopes to build a children’s center in Rochester. It has five centers in the Twin Cities and one in Shorewood, Wis.

In October, Standridge acquired the land to house the project.

It plans to build a 10,000 square foot facility on empty double land along Northwest 34th Avenue. This places it next to the ONB building at 975 34th Ave NW.

Standridge said it would be built with “sustainable and environmentally friendly materials”.

If the project goes according to plan, the franchise establishment will open in spring 2022. It is managed by the franchisee and the program director of Casa de Corazón. Wendy Letran, which Standridge describes as “an astonishing example of all that Casa stands for”.

Casa de Corazón offers a program of preschool education, Spanish immersion and early childhood education. Each center has seven classrooms for infants and three levels of pre-school education.

“The children stay with us until they enter kindergarten. Our main focus is the accredited Spanish immersion program combined with a healthy and holistic impact on our communities and the lives of our children, ”said Standridge.

She describes her team as “the pioneers of this environmentally friendly Spanish immersion model,” although she recognizes that the concept of a bilingual daycare is growing in popularity.

The new Casa de Corazón center will not be far from a new Tierra Encantada facility, which is under construction off West Circle Drive and near 19th Street Northwest. Like Casa de Corazón, Tierra Encantada is based in the Twin Cities.

“We call ourselves the Pioneers because the owner of Tierra Encantada used to register her two children at one of our sites … when she launched her own copy of the model,” Standridge said. “That said, we are happy to see her multiply what we have created so that together, and with Listos (Preschool and Daycare), we can meet the demand that our extensive demographic research shows in Rochester. “

Valley House Daycare also offers bilingual babysitting services in Rochester.

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