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


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 has her Child Development Associates in Preschool, as well as the National Administrator Credential in Early Childhood Education, and is in the process of obtaining an Associate Degree in Family and Human Studies. Kasi has been with Here We Grow for the last 7 years, working with a number of different age groups within the center, and currently serves as our Director.

Courtnee White

Assistant Director / COVID Specialist

Courtnee has been working in childcare centers for the last 15 years and has been with Here We Grow for 8 years as our Assistant Director. She has her Child Development Associates with an Infant and Toddler Endorsement, as well as the National Administrator Credential in Early Childhood Education. 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.

Telicia Oliver


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

Social Media Specialist

Kenzie has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for over 13 years. She loves working with Infants and Toddlers and the rewarding experience of watching them learn, grow and become their own unique individuals. Kenzie is currently in the process of completing the Child Development Associates Degree in Infant and Toddlers. Over the last 5 years at Here We Grow, Kenzie has worked with our younger children and currently serves as our Social Media Specialist.

Jessica Reis

Curriculum Director

Jessica has been teaching in Early Childhood Education for 6 years. She has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as the National Administrator Credential in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys being able to build strong relationships with children and establish a fun environment for them to grow in while they progress in their learning each day. Jessica currently serves as our Curriculum Director.

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?

Here We Grow will only be allowing enrolled children and staff into the building at this time.

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 and a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day. School-age children are required to wear a mask and should bring one from home. Children ages 2 – 5 are not required, but encouraged to wear a mask and must also bring one from home each day. 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 of germs. All staff and children wash their hands frequently throughout the day and have access to anti-bacterial hand sanitizers. Our staff also completes an enhanced cleaning every day, with a deep clean once a week in all areas as well as on all touched surfaces. Additionally, Here We Grow brings in a deep cleaning service twice a week.

Children who have a fever of 100.4 or higher, or are showing other signs of illness will not be admitted into the facility. Your child will need to be symptom-free for 24 hours without medication (unless they have a doctor’s note stating they are NOT contagious) before returning back to school. While we realize this may be a burden, staying home when sick is one of the best ways to keep illness from spreading. We need parent/guardians’ help in order to keep children and staff’s health and safety a top priority. This means we need open communication and honesty when it comes to any illnesses the child or family member may be experiencing. If we find honesty is not being practiced, we will ask families respectfully to not attend Here We Grow.

Should a child become symptomatic while at the center, an isolation area will be set up and the child will be separated from their group and monitored until they are able to be picked up by a parent or guardian.

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.