I grew up in South Dakota, moved to Iowa when I was in third grade. During my childhood, I loved babysitting and teaching Sunday school and Bible school. Following high school graduation, I went on to attend Des Moines Area Community College from 1979-1980. This is where I met my husband Mehrdad (Mike) Attarsaheli. We got married in 1980. We moved to Mankato in 1982 where we had our son David. I have had the opportunity to work in Kindercare Childcare for one year post college graduation. I also was a nanny in Eden Prairie for 4 years which helped to build my love for children and desire to run my own childcare program. Following my nanning, I went on to start my own daycare in Saint Cloud which is something I knew I wanted to do since elementary school. My greatest loves are my family, nature, and the wonderful children I have had the opportunity to nurture over my many years in childcare.
I have been operating and directing an in-home childcare since September 1999. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Kindergarten from Mankato State University as well as an Early Childhood Diploma from Des Moines Area Community College. I was awarded a Who’s Who among American Teachers distinction for 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007. I have worked with children of different ages for over 40 years. I have earned my train the trainer certification and I am a 4 Star parent aware rated childcare. I write my own curriculum (Creative Curriculum) to plan for and support the early learning and development of the children in my care. I use the early childhood indicators of progress to make sure I am giving the children in my care the best education. I work on social skills, language, literacy, creativity and art, mathematical and logical thinking, and physical and motor development.
I am a Minnesota native who grew up on a farm in Pierz where I was part of a large family. We learned how to work hard and how to enjoy being a close family at a young age. After graduating from Healy High School in Pierz, I attended St. Cloud Business College (now Rasmussen College) and graduated with a degree in accounting.
I married Tony Waytashek in 1993 when I was working as an office manager. That job continued until 1997 when I had my oldest son Zach. It was then that I realized what I really wanted to do which was to stay at home with my son and to start my own daycare which I did in 1998. I have always had a huge love for children, and I knew this was what I should be doing. My youngest son, Ben, came two years later, and I was lucky enough to have both of my boys at home in my own daycare. As a family, we love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and having the daycare.
My daycare has grown throughout the past 19 years, and in that time, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with more than 40 children. It has been so rewarding seeing these children grow and thrive over those years. In the past few years, I have worked toward earning my 3 Star rating from Parent Aware which is a state rating system for childcare. This year, I have found myself ready for the next step in my daycare which is to create Love and Learn Childcare Academy with Charla Attarsaheli, who is also a caring, home daycare owner. We are so excited for what our Academy is going to offer the Saint Cloud area.
We want our children to LOVE AND LEARN in a positive environment where they can happily develop skills - educationally, socially, and physically - which will make them successful in all they do!
We serve families with children aged infant to Pre-K and are open Monday - Friday from 6 am to 6 pm.