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Julie Grove is director at The Growing Place

Staff provides care to around 33 kids on a daily basis

November 26, 2010
By Terri Kelly Barta

Julie Grove is the director of The Growing Place daycare center.

Grove moved to the Balta area from Bismarck where she was the director of the Montessori Preschool in Bismarck.

She earned a bachelor's degree from NDSU, Fargo, in sociology and criminal justice with a minor in child development.

Since her husband, Brandon, wanted to come back to this area and farm, she was excited to find a position doing what she enjoys.

The Growing Place is a daycare center rather than a preschool. The center takes children from 8 weeks to 12 years. It serves about 45 families. Approximately 33 kids come to the daycare on a daily basis. The center has an after school program for the older kids and approximately 15 students take advantage of that.

The daycare is open from 6:00 a.m.6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Currently, there is a waiting list for babies.

The center is unique in that Spanish and sign language are taught there. The children play learning games on computer, participate in music activities, have free play, and craft making. The preschoolers learn shapes and colors among other skills.

"We are incorporating more activities all the time," said Grove.

The daycare has a total of 10 employees counting the two cooks. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are cooked and served at the center.

Grove is originally from Esmond and her husband is a Rugby High School alumnus. They have three children, a son, Dylan, 9, a daughter, Riley, 7, and a son, Hudson, 8 months. Hudson goes to The Growing Place every day.

"The Growing Place has a caring educational, fun, and safe environment," said Grove. Openings for other than babies are available.



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