When I think back to my first job as a teacher at Wee World in Hastings after leaving college, it’s amazing to see how that job led to my passion and profession as the owner and operator of The Bridges for forty years. But that’s the truth!
We converted my childhood home into the child care center and pre-school we use today. Although the home has been streamlined into the colorful, safe, engaging center it is today, we like to think that home and family values still color our atmosphere. We raised our three children in the home we built adjacent to the center. We are so pleased our daughter, Maria, has taken over the day-to-day operation of the center as director and teacher.
Our forty years of providing this service to the children and families of Dakota County have led us to these core beliefs:
... children are precious and must be valued and respected
… children function best in small groups
… children thrive in resource-rich, sensory environments
… in providing professional, experienced, and caring staff
… children need to be nourished
…socially through playing and working together cognitively through math, science, art, music and communication activities ethically through emphasis on values, mutual respect, and empathy kinesthetically through creative movement, free play, and supervised outdoor activities
… children are valued members of our community, we want to help them build bridges to their futures
… in commitment and continuity: our child care center is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. We are family owned and operated business. The second generation of our family is carrying on our tradition of trusted service to the families of Dakota County.
Mary Kay and Cal Ervasti