Sprouts is owned, directed, and taught by Caity & Ellen.
Founded in 2013 by Caity and Ellen, Sprouts is an Illinois licensed group home daycare providing preschool and childcare to the Champaign-Urbana community. Our Early Childhood Education degrees, extensive research in educational philosophies, and multitude of experiences in childcare have lead us to develop our specific curriculum and philosophy at Sprouts. As the owners, directors, and teachers at Sprouts, we have the unique opportunity to provide a truly child-led experience where our small size provides space for freedom, choices, celebrations, and learning.
I am a lifelong Champaign resident and throughout my life I’ve been certain I was meant for teaching. I earned an Early Childhood Education BS from the University of Illinois and an Illinois teaching license for children birth through third grade with a Special Education Endorsement. Throughout college I had a variety of experiences in private and public childcare, preschool, and elementary school, and upon graduating I began teaching Kindergarten at South Side Elementary School. When the youngest of my three children was born, after six years at South Side, I decided not to return to public school and instead focus my career on younger children. I began daycare in my home in 2013 and in 2014, along with Ellen (my little sister), became a licensed group home daycare provider. My husband and I have three children enrolled in Unit 4 schools and live in central Champaign.
I live in central Champaign with my husband, two boys, and two dogs. Like my older sister, Caity, I found my passion in teaching and have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Endorsement from the University of Illinois, and an Illinois teaching license. I have experience in classrooms as both teacher and aide, and provided Educational Consulting services for summer programs at Allerton Park. When my first son was born, mothering spurred me to join my role model and sister, Caity, and open Sprouts. I am the taller enthusiastic sister.
Special Helpers ensure that Sprouts never misses a day! Grammy, Caity & Ellen’s mom, Kait, Ellen’s sister-in-law, and Derek, Caity’s husband, provide the rarely necessary back-up care at Sprouts.