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At What Age Should A Child’s Education Start?

Many parents struggle with determining the appropriate age for their child to start their educational journey. Determining whether a child is ready for school or not is a big decision, especially between the ages of 3 and 5. While there’s no compulsory school age, most states require children to be at least five years old…

Intercultural Competence for Teachers in Spanish Immersion Bilingual Education in Minnesota, USA. Case: Casa de Corazón

The relevance of the interculturality of the bilingual education program of Casa de Corazón (2002-2020) is validated, in its initiatives for the continuous training of its teachers, based on what is supported by Ipiña (1997) and UNESCO (2017). This research presents a series of coincidences in the framework of the intercultural competence of teachers and…

Four Twin Cities-Based Franchises to Watch

Twin Cities Business listed Casa as one of the Four Twin Cities-Based Franchises to watch! We are honored to be featured alongside CRISP & GREEN®, FACE FOUNDRIÉ®️ and Bubbly Paws Dog Wash! We can’t wait to see what this year holds for Casa. Not only are we expanding into the Rochester market but we are actively looking to expand…

How to Help Relieve Young Children of Stress & Worry During These Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many families’ lives, with parents experiencing unemployment, financial stress, and the loss of loved ones. All of these stressors affect children, too, so it’s no surprise that many kids have been dealing with anxiety in the wake of the pandemic. It’s estimated that 30% of children experience anxiety, which typically…

New Spanish immersion daycare center’s proposed site plan up for approval

“A new Spanish immersion daycare is in the works for Rochester near the country club manor neighborhood. It’s called the Casa de Corazón daycare center and it’s proposed site is on 2-acres located near W. Circle Dr. and Hwy 14. Casa de Corazón would be an 11,000 square foot single-story building with a 24 space parking…

Hidden Gems: Meet Natalie Standridge of Casa de Corazón

Natalie has been working in the field of Early Childhood education since 1999 and began her now multi-location program in 2002. Prior to her work experience she graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota receiving a bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science, a minor in Spanish, and an area of emphasis in cultural youth…

Natalie Standridge Recognized as University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni

Founder & CEO, Natalie Standridge, was recently recognized by the University of Minnesota as a Distinguished Alumni! Her parents, Jon and Nancy, came to town from Madison to attend the event and show their support. She met the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Michael Rodriguez, and realized that they had a connection dating…

The Benefits of Dual-Language Development in Early Childhood Education

“In this episode of The Preschool Podcast we discuss the benefits of language immersion in early childhood education with Natalie Standridge, founder and CEO of Casa de Corazón, an intercultural Spanish immersion early childhood development program that serves children ages birth to pre-k in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area, and is expanding nationally through franchising. Natalie…

Casa de Corazón expanding Spanish-immersion childcare centers to other U.S. markets

Four years after turning to franchising to expand her Spanish-immersion child-care centers, Casa de Corazón founder and owner Natalie Standridge is fielding inquiries from interested parties to bring the centers beyond the Twin Cities.