Here We Grow Early Childhood Center Mankato, MN

A Nature School for Toddlers and Preschoolers


Check out our latest community partnership!

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Friesen’s Family Bakery to provide healthy farm-to-table lunches to our families!


Welcome! Here We Grow is a community of educators, families, and children. We appreciate you stopping by to learn more about our unique learning environment and how we can partner with your family. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our philosophy of learning and how we use our unique 2 acre outdoor setting to bring our learning outdoors.

2015 Trunk or Treat Community Event

Snowshoeing in our 1 acre outdoor play area with snowshoes from Bent River Outfitters


fb cover





What Sets Us Apart?

melaleuceWe are an asthma/allergy friendly center! Come explore our environment which is chemical free, using EPA approved Eco-Sense Cleaners by Melaleuca. Come for a visit and learn what else makes us unique.

paware rating logo

Here We Grow is a Parent Aware participant achieving the highest rating of 4 stars. Our Site- Designed Curriculum and Assessment Tools match our learning philosophy and were designed by our Owner and Director and approved by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, making us truly unique. Our participation also allows parents access to early childhood scholarships and higher Child Care Assistance reimbursement rates. Click here to learn more about Parent Aware.

Because we are a Parent Aware Participant, income based scholarships up to $7,500 are available through the Minnesota Department of Education for children who turn 3 by September 1, 2015. These can be used along with child care assistance.

dvbc logoHere We Grow partners with families from pregnancy through the Early Childhood Years.  The Deep Valley Birth Collective is a collective of birth professionals serving South Central Minnesota whose mission is to support women through the childbearing year.