New Lake Elmo child care center breaks ground

submitted photo Owners and construction workers broke ground for a new Lake Elmo child care center on Nov. 28. Growing Explorers Learning Center should be open by August 2019 on Jade Trail North.

“It’s hard to find good care,” said Ahmad Shamsi. A father of two little ones under 3 years old, Shamsi said he and his wife grew tired of shuttling their kids to subpar child care centers. 

Out of this frustration comes Shamsi’s soon-to-be child care center, Growing Explorers Learning Center. 

Following a search that took over a year, Shamsi, who lives in Woodbury, decided to set up shop in Lake Elmo. 

Located at 158 Jade Trail N., Shamsi and his partners broke ground for construction of the new facility on Nov. 28. Growing Explorers, barring any construction delays, will open come August 2019. 

Growing Explorers will use a “play-based, nationally recognized” curriculum, said Shamsi. It’s tailored to stimulate curiosity and impact a child’s lifelong social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. 

The facility aims to serve 52 infants, 63 toddlers and 60 preschoolers, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The site is just larger than 1.5 acres. The facility will be about 12,000 square feet with an outdoor playground and a parking lot. 

As the physical space comes together, Shamsi, as well as his family, are working on cultivating the right child care atmosphere. 

Shamsi’s wife, Farah, has a masters degree in counseling and works for the Minneapolis school district. Shamsi’s brother, who’s been a radiologist for 10 years, is married to an educator with 12 years of experience in childhood education. 

“Our objective is to nurture and care for the child holistically,” said Shamsi. 


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