About Us

Providing Loving, Quality Childcare for over 15 Years!

Here We Grow Child Development Center offers programs designed around your child’s total well-being while understanding each child is an individual. In our care, your child has the opportunity to learn and grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Our goal is to provide a safe, clean, and friendly environment in which your child can grow and excel. We teach phonics, pre-reading, music, and other subjects to help create polite, smart, well-rounded children. We employ only the finest teachers and staff to ensure that your child grows and matures educationally, physically, and socially.

Our Philosophy

Here We Grow is a play-based school. We believe that playing to learn and learning to play is the best way for a child to learn. When children have high-quality teaching programs that encourage them to think creatively they are more likely to succeed in our complex and ever-changing world. The children enrolled at Here We Grow are encouraged to make choices and practice individual decision-making in a loving, caring environment.

Meet Our Amazing Teachers

JoAnne “JoJo” Albrecht

Owner / Director

JoAnne has been working in childcare for over the last 25 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a Child Development Associates in Preschool as well as her National Administrator Credential in Early Childhood Education. JoAnne has locally owned and operated Here We Grow for nearly 25 years. She started her business in order to provide quality childcare for her own 3 children. Her business grew so rapidly, she expanded to our current location in Draper where we have been since 2005. ‘Jo Jo’ is loved dearly by all of the children in her care.

Kasandra “Kasi” Larsen

Curriculum Coordinator

Kasi has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for over 17 years. Kasi loves working in childcare and getting to watch the children grow every day! She is currently in the process of completing her Child Development Associates in Preschool. Over her last 4 years at Here We Grow, Kasi has worked with a number of different age groups within the center and currently serves as our Curriculum Coordinator. Attending school to get her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Has her Child Development Associates in Preschool as well as the National Administrator Credential in Early Childhood Education Kasi has been with Here We Grow for the last 7 years as our Assistant Director.

Courtnee White

Assistant Director / COVID Specialist

Courtnee has been working in childcare centers for the last 15 years. She had her Child Development Associates with an Infant and Toddler Endorsement. Growing up, Courtnee has always wanted to work with children. She enjoys seeing how loving and caring the children are and how they make her laugh and smile each day. Courtnee has been with Here We Grow for the last 5 years as our Assistant Director. Has her Child Development Associates in Preschool as well as the National Administrator Credential in Early Childhood Education Courtnee has been with Here We Grow for the last 8 years as our Assistant Director.

Telicia Oliver

Nutritionist

Telicia has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for over the last 20 years. She loves being surrounded by children and being able to watch them learn and grow which is why she’s chosen this career field. She finds the smiles on their faces to be one of the most rewarding things of all. Telicia has been the Nutritionist at Here We Grow for 1 year.

Mackenzie “Kenzie” Hansen

Curriculum director

Kenzie has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for over 12 years. Kenzie loves working with the Babies and toddlers, she loves helping the children Learn new things every day. She is currently in the process of completing the Child Development Associates Degrees in Infant and Toddlers. Over the past 5 years at Here We Grow Kenzie has worked with our younger children at the center and is currently serves as our Curriculum Coordinator.

What our Clients Think of Here We Grow Childcare

I love love love the staff! They are so good to my LO and she is always asking if she can show her teacher her nails, outfits etc. They make her feel so comfortable as some days she has a hard time leaving me. I couldn't ask for a better group to tend my LO while I'm at work. Thanks for all you do!

- Brandi Smith

This place has been amazing!!! I love that I can trust them with my daughter and that she will be well taken care of and watched over. I have had a co-worker take her child to another daycare and have a horrible experience. I am just grateful I have found Here We Grow!!

- Amanda Pearce Rudy

My oldest daughter attended Here We Grow six years ago and she loved it and had a wonderful experience. She really loved your teachers and the owners as well. Now my youngest is attending and just has a great time every day. They really take care of all of his needs and make sure he's well looked after. Currently they are potty training him and it's going great. My oldest attended from the time she was two till she was five and my youngest has been there since he was an infant and is currently three. I can't praise Here We Grow and their staff enough. The owner is hands on and shows a lot of genuine love for all the kids in her care.

- Shawn M. Stone

We are so lucky to have found Here We Grow. My boys love going to daycare! I never have to worry that they aren't being taken care of. The staff is great and very caring, everyone knows all the kids even though may not be in their class.

- Mallory Wright

I absolutely love Here We Grow! All of the teachers and staff are wonderful! They truly care for each child and do their best to make each of them feel special. My son loves it there and has learned so much since he starting attending. I have recommended them to everyone I know looking for childcare.

- Sara Haley

We have used Here We Grow for the many years with our 2 grandchildren. Our grandchildren love Joanne and all the staff from their preschool years to the summers they spend here as they have gotten older. They always love the summer activities and didn't want to miss a day. I would highly recommend Here We Grow as a place where children learn and grow in a nurturing, caring atmosphere. The after-school care and summer care are excellent.

- Cindy Scott

My baby is 4 and has been going there since she was 1 almost 2. She loves it so much!! The teachers are so friendly! Brae has never come home and told me anything bad, she’s always soooo excited to go to school. She is super smart and independent! Thank you HWG for everything y’all are the best!

-Tristan Ritchie

Beyond amazing place!!! My son has some special needs and they go above and beyond to take care of him. We have been with here we grow for I think for 3 years now and will never leave. They truly care for the kids and I have never had one complaint in the time I have been with them.

-Kaylee Mae

“It takes a village” and Here We Grow has been like another home for our kids. While in the care of amazing teachers, I know I can rest easy. They’re learning and having fun and most importantly, being loved. I’m so grateful for this center and everything they’ve done for us. I now have two school-age kiddos and both were more than ready to start kindergarten thanks to the dedication of the teachers in the preschool and pre-k classrooms. Thanks, HWG for being part of our village!

-Tiffany Royter

 

You guys are my hero! Thank you for having a school and teachers and friends who just LOVE Demps. She is so happy at school and expresses her love for “JoJo” on a daily basics. You make a HUGE difference in her life and in my life! You provide a peace and a security and a trust that my mom heart will be forever thankful for. You are strong and smart exceptionally unselfish and an example of pure love! Thank you 1 million thank yous!

-Love the Thomas Family

 

Here We Grow!
Thank you for making Romee one smart Cookie! 

-Love Missy and Justin 

 

Thank you so much for providing a love, fun atmosphere for our kids every day. We can barely handle those three so I am so impressed that you all manage to keep happy and smiling at the end of the day. They talk no-stop about all of their teachers and toys and games they play. We would never be able to focus at work if we didn’t know our kids were in such capable hands. We really appreciate your dedication and love.

- Tessa and Zach

What our Clients Think of Here We Grow

I love love love the staff! They are so good to my LO and she is always asking if she can show her teacher her nails, outfits etc. They make her feel so comfortable as some days she has a hard time leaving me. I couldn't ask for a better group to tend my LO while I'm at work. Thanks for all you do!

- Brandi Smith

This place has been amazing!!! I love that I can trust them with my daughter and that she will be well taken care of and watched over. I have had a co-worker take her child to another daycare and have a horrible experience. I am just grateful I have found Here We Grow!!

- Amanda Pearce Rudy

My oldest daughter attended Here We Grow six years ago and she loved it and had a wonderful experience. She really loved your teachers and the owners as well. Now my youngest is attending and just has a great time every day. They really take care of all of his needs and make sure he's well looked after. Currently they are potty training him and it's going great. My oldest attended from the time she was two till she was five and my youngest has been there since he was an infant and is currently three. I can't praise Here We Grow and their staff enough. The owner is hands on and shows a lot of genuine love for all the kids in her care.

- Shawn M. Stone

We are so lucky to have found Here We Grow. My boys love going to daycare! I never have to worry that they aren't being taken care of. The staff is great and very caring, everyone knows all the kids even though may not be in their class.

- Mallory Wright

I absolutely love Here We Grow! All of the teachers and staff are wonderful! They truly care for each child and do their best to make each of them feel special. My son loves it there and has learned so much since he starting attending. I have recommended them to everyone I know looking for childcare.

- Sara Haley

We have used Here We Grow for the many years with our 2 grandchildren. Our grandchildren love Joanne and all the staff from their preschool years to the summers they spend here as they have gotten older. They always love the summer activities and didn't want to miss a day. I would highly recommend Here We Grow as a place where children learn and grow in a nurturing, caring atmosphere. The after-school care and summer care are excellent.

- Cindy Scott

Frequently Asked Questions

What age groups does Here We Grow accept for enrollment?
Here We Grow serves children from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We are not licensed to provide drop-in care.
Can I come visit my child while they are at Here We Grow?
Of course! Here We Grow has an open door policy that encourages parents to drop in unannounced at any time to observe or visit with their child. Please be aware that smoking and the use of alcohol are strictly prohibited in the facility and on the property.
What are my options for payment?
Option of payment
All payments are to pay for services in advance. If you choose not to enroll in our automatic Tuition Express payment program, there is a $5 late fee per day that tuition is late. Families can pay with the My Procare App, Venmo, or with check. There is a $35 fee for returned/bounced checks. Your account may be changed to cash only payments after one returned check. If a check is not paid within one week’s notice of NSF, your account will be considered unpaid and appropriate action will be taken, including but not limited to referral to a collection agency, termination of services, etc. You will be responsible for all fees including collection, court, and attorney fees.

A registration fee is due at the time of enrollment and at the beginning of the school year. The cost is $75 for one child or $100 for multiple children. This fee is non-refundable.

Here We Grow offers three different payment schedules to help you pay as best fits your needs. These schedules are:

  • Monthly Tuition: Due on the first of each month. Considered late on the fifth.
  • Twice a Month: Due by the first and the fifteenth of each month.
  • Weekly: Due by the Friday for the upcoming week.
What if I'm late to pick up my child?
If your child is not picked up by the time of closing (6:00 pm) an additional charge of $1 per minute per child will be assessed to your account. This fee is to pay the staff member(s) staying with your child. After one hour, if the child has been left without success of contacting the child’s emergency contact, legal authorities will be notified.
What are Here We Grow's hours of operation?

Here We Grow provides Childcare services Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.’

Here We Grow is closed on major holidays. There is not a reduction in rates for these holidays. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on the previous Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday. Here We Grow will be closed on the following days at Ms. JoAnne’s discretion:

  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Pioneer Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
What should my child bring with them to Here We Grow?
Each child will have a cubby to store personal items. Children must bring an extra change of clothes in case of spills or accidents. Parents must provide diapers and ointment for all children who have not yet been potty trained. Here We Grow provides baby wipes unless your child requires a particular kind. Children should wear comfortable clothing that allows them to be actively engaged in our daily routines (which includes getting messy!) Please provide appropriate seasonal clothing for outdoor play.
What if my child gets sick?
At Here We Grow! we try our best to prevent the spread germs. We sanitize and clean daily and are constantly washing hands. Your child will need to be symptom-free for 24 hours (unless they have a doctor’s note stating they are NOT contagious) before returning back to school. In the event your child has any of the following symptoms, your child will be sent home, as to not share germs with their friends.

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher. Parents will be notified.
  • 2 diarrhea or 2 vomiting episode or one of each within 24 hours.
  • A rash that is undiagnosed.
  • Yellow drainage and redness of the eyes.
Will Here We Grow provide medicine for my child if they start feeling sick?
Our center will administer medication to a child only when a medical release form is completed by the parent or guardian.
What types of meals does Here We Grow provide for my child?
We serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks. They are served in accordance with the USDA Food Program. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 8:30 am. Children that arrive after 8:30 should have eaten breakfast at home. A copy of our menu is posted in the lobby. You may provide a sack lunch for your child, otherwise, we will serve them what is on our menu.
What is the Behavior Management Policy at Here We Grow?
Here We Grow Child Development Center strives to help each child be comfortable with themselves and their environment. Appropriate behavior takes practice and guidance from parents and teachers. We advocate positive role modeling and positive reinforcement rewarding good behavior. For redirection, we use positive guidance techniques and rules. On occasion, inappropriate behavior requires further guidance that requires removal from the group to ensure safety. Our teachers will not discipline your child by subjecting them to physical punishment, threatening, humiliating, name-calling, or withholding food or restroom breaks. If the negative behavior continues, a parent/teacher conference may be requested. Ms. JoAnne reserves the right to disenroll children who, after conferencing with parents and reaching out to resources, need to find other care that might be a better fit for their behavior and social/emotional needs.
Does Here We Grow provide transportation for my child?
Here We Grow provides transportation to the following elementary schools:

  • Draper
  • Crescent
  • APA 1 & 2
  • Willow Springs
  • South Jordan
  • Hawthorn Academy

Children using our transportation system to and from school will never be dropped off 15 minutes before school or picked up later than 15 minutes after school. Parents must notify Here We Grow by 10:00 a.m. if their child will not need to be picked up from school that day. A $10 No Pick-Up Fee will be charged to your account in the event that you fail to notify Here We Grow. When transporting children to and from school and for field trips, we use the center’s vans. In times of emergency or should a child be injured, private transportation may be used.

If you have any question or concerns regarding any of our policies or procedures, please speak with a member of management.