The Growing Place

  • The Growing Place is a place of childcare excellence, owned and operated by Theodora D. Speraw, MA. We are licensed by the State of California, Department of Public and Social Services, for children from six weeks old through twelve years old.
  • The Growing Place was established in September of 1978. We started out in a home with five staff members and provided care for forty preschoolers.
  • Since then, our program has grown to include an infant/toddler program and an extensive before and after school program.
  • The Growing Place offers children an opportunity to grow in all developmental areas through a well-designed, integrated program of activities.
  • We believe that as caregivers, consideration must be given to the "whole" child and how we can best meet those needs on an individual basis.
  • The program components consist of an integration of many approaches to the teaching of specific skills. We want to keep children interested, focused, and challenged.

School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-3
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students122 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The Growing Place Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio31:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling

Nearby Private Schools

Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Riverside
    Growing Place
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-K | 119 students
    0 miles
    4259 Jurupa Ave
    Riverside, CA 92506
    0 PK-K
  • Riverside
    Grades: PK-8 | 266 students
    1.1 miles
    7025 Brockton Ave
    Riverside, CA 92506
    1.1 PK-8
  • Riverside
    Grades: NS-5 | 202 students
    1.2 miles
    7177 Potomac Street
    Riverside, CA 92504
    1.2 NS-5
  • Riverside
    Eden Lutheran School
    Daycare / Preschool (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
    Grades: NS-PK | 48 students
    1.2 miles
    4725 Brockton Ave
    Riverside, CA 92506
    1.2 NS-PK
  • Riverside
    Notre Dame High School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 485 students
    1.2 miles
    7085 Brockton Ave
    Riverside, CA 92506
    1.2 9-12

School Reviews

The Growing Place is wonderful! My children are 18months and 3 years and have taken so well to the school. The staff is so friendly and caring. The toys, play areas and sleep cots are clean and everything always smells fresh. Not only is everything kept clean but when I pick up my children, they too are clean wish freshly washed hands. I recommend them to everyone I know. Thanks The Growing Place!
- Posted by

Endorse The Growing Place. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
You have just heard about a new private school opening soon in your area. Should you consider sending your child there? A look at the pros and cons of such a decision.
If you know the answers to all these questions, you probably teach or work in a private school. Be that as it may, these questions contain links with the answers.
As you evaluate schools, take time to explore fully what the schools which you are looking at teach.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average acceptance rate in Riverside, CA is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).