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Published July 08, 2013, 11:30 PM

Tot Spot Child Care and Learning Center opens at Sports Bubble

FARGO – The Tot Spot Child Care and Learning Center has opened a new 4,900-square-foot location at the Sports Bubble, 2761 12th Ave. S.

By: Angie Wieck, INFORUM

FARGO – The Tot Spot Child Care and Learning Center has opened a new 4,900-square-foot location at the Sports Bubble, 2761 12th Ave. S.

The center will provide about 90 new spots for children ages 2 and older.

Their original location nearby at 820 Page Drive will become an infant center, providing spots for 48 newborns and toddlers.

Holly Saarion, a parent service coordinator with North Dakota Child Care Resource and Referral, says there always is a need for more infant and toddler care providers in the area.

“There is always a need for child care, so it’s always nice to have new providers or people expanding just to offer different quality options,” said Saarion. “When parents call, we always tell them it’s never too early to start looking.”

Tot Spot Director Leah Wallgren said they already have a waiting list for the infant-to-10-month room at the new infant center, but spaces still are available in other rooms.

Added flexibility

Owner Kari Morehouse thinks a lot of parents will appreciate an infant-exclusive center because it will limit the number of germs older kids might bring in.

Morehouse opened the first Tot Spot location in 2007. She was working at Sanford Health when the day care where she took her son became for sale. Her husband thought owning a center would provide the couple more flexibility.

Morehouse was sold on the idea when her stepdaughter, Wallgren, signed on to help.

Wallgren worked for the center during summers and all throughout college at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she earned a degree in elementary education.

She has developed much of the centers’ curriculum and stresses that Tot Spot locations are learning centers, not day cares.


Business: Tot Spot Child Care and Learning Center

•: Phone: (701) 232-6999.

•: Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. occasional Saturdays.

•: Website: thetotspotfargo.com


Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501

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