MEET THE OWNERS
Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center is more than just a child care center, it is a place for your kids to build a foundation for their academics, learn new skills, and develop a love for learning.
As the CEO of Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, Jessica Johnsen, along with the Regional Director, Kylie Schrader, believe that choosing the right child care center for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. That is why we created a child care center that focuses on your child’s growth and development.
We believe that relationships come first and are important for your child to develop and learn. The relationship your child will have with their teacher can help lead them to success. We hire teachers who are trained to educate and help your child reach their developmental milestones, both in academics and in social-emotional skills.
From the time your child is born to the age of five, they will go through the most formative years in their development, which makes it extremely important that their child care center helps them learn, develop, and create trusting relationships. We offer child care programs for children from six weeks old to five years old, allowing your child to grow and develop with us during this important time in their lives.
Jessica and Kylie work hard to create a culture that aligns with the child care center’s core values, which include:
There is no “I” in team, or development, or learn, or teach, or parent! It takes a village to raise a child and we are here to help. Our team members work with children from six weeks old to five years old every day. We see things parents may not see at home and vice versa! You are experiencing developmental milestones that we may not see. We strive to work together each day to make sure that each child is hitting those important developmental milestones. Our collaboration doesn’t stop there. YBR works together with our teachers to constantly improve quality and make each day better than the last. We believe that “every complaint is a gift” as long as the complaint is productive and solution-seeking!
Communication goes hand in hand with collaboration. We can’t operate without two-way communication. We have a daily communication app that we use to communicate live updates about your child(ren) throughout the day. We do our best to give you as much notice as possible for center events, teacher changes, and other important information. We always strive to be transparent in our fast-paced environments. Not only do we want to tell you what we are doing, but we want you to know WHY we are doing it.
We have values rooted in years of best practice, but always welcome new ideas. The world is changing fast — but sometimes the basics are still best! Yellow Brick Road strives to know what trends to follow and which to ignore. We are always open to new research and new ideas but we are never chasing “the next best thing.” We take pride in never doing things because “that’s the way we’ve always done them,” but instead offering our “why” in our practices and motive. While we keep some processes the same, we are also innovators who welcome new ideas.
We do not have time for negativity — we are too busy growing the future! We try and see what is going right instead of what is going wrong. This doesn’t mean we turn a blind eye if something needs to be changed or fixed — we just handle it with a solution-based mindset. We are a human-based industry serving our littlest beings. Things will never be perfect, but everything can be handled with a smile. We make decisions and move forward. We do not hold grudges, instead, we look for ways to set up success. We don’t HAVE to be here, we GET to be here.
We love the heck out of the children and our staff. We handle each other with accountability rooted in grace and gentleness. We promise to nurture everyone where they are and allow kids to grow and learn at a pace that is comfortable to them. Development is about scaffolding and growth, not being the exact same as your peers. We seek to understand every human we come into contact with, whether tiny or full-grown. We nurture our bonds and our relationships to stimulate learning to make each day better than the last.
We do silly. We do dance parties. We do pajama Fridays. We do hugs and snuggles and ring-around-the-rosie. We believe that learning is better while giggling. We like each other. We joke and make up songs. We keep each other, our environments, and ourselves safe to foster the best environment for being able to cut loose and learn. We want the children to want to be here. We believe that indoor and outdoor learning environments belong to the child, but are kept safe by the adults, so everyone gets to have fun while laying the path to life, one yellow brick at a time.