Little Bloomer’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of all children by providing continued support and fostering relationships through staff who are patient, nurturing and competent.
It is the philosophy of Little Bloomers that children are encouraged to learn by being provided developmentally appropriate, hands on experiences through a loving, nurturing environment. We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children have the ability to learn. Our facility provides settings that promote and enhance a variety of learning styles, abilities, interests and needs. We believe that children learn best through meaningful play. Our play-based program mirrors the integration of physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional and self-help skills to stimulate the total development of the children. Meaningful play encourages the growth of physical competence, interaction with others, controlled emotions, and problem solving abilities. We recognize that parents are a child’s first teachers and that children will bloom when a parent is actively involved in their child’s education and experiences. Families collaborate with educators to promote healthy relationships and create common goals through parent involvement activities and scheduled conferences.
About the Facility
Little Bloomers is a small, family-oriented center licensed for no more than 70 children at any one time. We offer 7 different classes that children progress through as they develop. These classes include:
- Infants, ages 6 weeks to 1 year old (1:4 teacher to child ratio with a maximum group size of 8).
- Toddlers, ages 12 months - 2 years old (1:4 teacher to child ratio with a maximum group size of 8).
- Two's, ages 2 - 3 years old (1:6 teacher to child ratio with a maximum group size of 12).
- Three's, ages 3-4 years old (1:10 teacher to child ratio with a maximum group size of 20).
- Four-Intermediate, ages 4-5 years old who do not meet the cut-off age to be in the 4k program (1:10 teacher to child ratio, max group size of 20).
- 4K*, ages 4-5 years old who are eligible for 4K enrollment through the Eau Claire Area School District (1:10 teacher to child ratio, max group size of 18). Part of the day is provided by ECASD (free to families), the remainder of the day is optional (families must pay for this service).
- **School-Age (before/after school, school closing days, and during the summer), ages 5-12 years old (1:17 teacher to child ratio, max groups size of 34)
- *4K students may be combined with the 4-I or school-age children during non-4K programming times.
- **Transportation is provided for school-age children from Little Bloomers to/from Robbins & Meadowview Elementary schools through Student Transit
- **School-aged children have care options for before/after school, school days out/snow days, and summer school-age programming during the summer months.
About the Owners
Little Bloomers Day Care Center was originally built and established in 1996 and provided excellence in child care in the Eau Claire area under the original owner/operators for nearly 22 years. In 2017, Terry and Cathy Svihovec purchased the center with the goal of maintaining this reputation while continuing to look for new and exciting ways to offer a nurturing, caring and fun environment for children to grow in their physical, emotional, and intellectual development.
Cathy has over 20 years experience in childcare, working as a teacher, health and safety coordinator, director, and now administrator at day care centers in the Eau Claire area. She earned her degree as a Registered Nurse from CVTC in 2001 but has since pursued her dream to own her own early learning center. Cathy will be on-site most days, working in the office and running the day-to-day operation of the center.
Terry has a strong background in education as well. He has taught high school mathematics since 2001. He holds a Master's Degree in Professional Development for Educators, a K-12 Principal's license, and a degree and license to teach grades 6-12 mathematics and coach children in grades K-12 in the state of Wisconsin. He has experience teaching and coaching children ages 5 and up. He shares his expertise in education (especially math education) and professional development with children and staff at the center as his schedule allows during both the school year and more so in the summer months. He is also on-site often dealing with the maintenance of the building and grounds at Little Bloomers and assisting with business operations.
Terry and Cathy also have a daughter, Brooke, who enjoys coming to the center to play with friends and "help out".