Sprouts (originally Sprouts Family Daycare) was formed in 2014 as a small group home daycare in Caity’s basement. In addition to Ellen’s new baby and two of Caity’s children, they were licensed by DCFS to care for 9 other kids from ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
Through the years, and one more of Ellen’s babies, Caity & Ellen developed policies, practices, curriculum, and a structure that they loved. Then in January 2019, they decided that it was time to expand. To have a true nature school they needed a dedicated space just for Sprouts.
In February 2019 they found the perfect place. It had just enough indoor space on a large lot. It even had a privacy fence, space for parking, and a location close to home. They purchased the property in April 2019 and got to work! Adding a butterfly garden, a mud kitchen, and a natural area (unmowed) were high on the list of the first things to do.
With lots of help, Caity & Ellen opened their new center, Sprouts School, in January 2020, now licensed for 20 children by DCFS as a daycare center.
Caity & Ellen take great pride in this space – natural and re-purposed materials are prominent as is natural light throughout. Hand-made cubbies, tables, and shelving line each classroom with accents of art made by friends, relatives, and the teachers and children themselves.