New Creations exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate, and Christ-centered environment for infants through school age children. Our focus is to provide stimulating, educational, and service-learning experiences that promote each child's social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children's desire to be lifelong learners by preparing them for God’s future purposes
All decisions are made based on our deeply-rooted faith including chapel, curriculum, activities for children, hiring staff, and community relationships and involvement.
Family is the most important aspect of all of our lives. We value being deeply connected to the families in our care and want to maintain a family feel in each classroom.
We incorporate fun into our program every day by encouraging the children to explore, imagine, and create new things every day
The formative years of children from birth to five make the biggest impact on their future. Instilling in them the educational components of math, literacy, science and technology, as well as social and emotional skills, sets them on the path for being more than ready for kindergarten when they leave our program.
New Creations Child Care is a family-owned and operated licensed child care program that began in a small church in Blaine in 2011. Two teachers who taught middle school in the Anoka-Hennepin school district decided they wanted to pursue early childhood education. Their first location in Blaine quickly needed to expand due to full enrollment and they opened another site in Andover in 2012. In 2014, two additional locations opened in Lino Lakes and Brooklyn Park and then their husbands joined them as full-time owners as well. In 2016, they expanded into Ramsey and Big Lake as well as built their first location in Blaine, moving the program out of the original church. Wanting to make an impact in St. Paul, they opened their 7th site in the Crocus Hill neighborhood. In the fall of 2017, the Maple Grove site across from Maple Grove Hospital opened. In 2018, they opened a second Blaine location on the corner of 35W and Lexington, known as "Lexington". They continued to expand in 2019 by opening their Hugo campus. In 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, they built a new location on Noble and 610 for their Brooklyn Park program. 2021 was the biggest year yet, opening Prior Lake, Burnsville, a second Maple Grove location "Rush Creek" and Coon Rapids "Riverdale", which moved that program out of the original Andover/Riverdale location. Their vision is to continue to reach communities across Minnesota in order to spread their mission of providing quality, affordable, faith-based childcare.
EXECUTIVE vice president of operations: MELINDA MCDERMOTT
Melinda is our very own Executive Vice President of Operations! Over the years, she has worked in several leadership roles that have prepared her with new and unique skills to add value to growing teams like New Creations. Most of her leadership career has been in management learning about urgency in fast-paced industries, as well as finding her passion for servant leadership. In her role, she serves our leaders, our staff, our families, and our children, while doing what is best for children every minute of every day. Melinda has three beautiful children with her husband. She enjoys fishing, reading, singing, cooking, and of course getting a little movie time in with her family! She also launched her own non-profit that comes alongside young moms and their children experiencing homelessness. Melinda is all around excellent in everything she does, and we are so blessed to have her leading our leaders! She is very excited to echo Paul's words in Colossians, and to be given the opportunity to share her passion to lead in Grace, by giving Grace, receiving Grace, and remembering that all we do we are doing for Him.
Executive Director of Education and Program Development: Jessica Sturgeon
Jessica is our Executive Director of Education and Program Development. With a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and over 25 years of experience in childcare and education, she brings a heart for children and a dedication to quality early childhood education. Jessica works every day to ensure a high standard for staff training, curriculum and education execution. She previously lived and worked as a teacher in Ethiopia with her husband and three children and loves to travel. You may also find her singing, cooking, thrift shopping or playing games with her family in her free time. Proverbs 22:6 is her calling and life verse and she loves partnering with each of our families to ensure each child’s future is just as God designed - "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Quality Assurance DIrector: Trisha Beacom
Trisha, our Quality Assurance Director, partners with Melinda in all areas regarding the quality and execution of our systems, policies, and procedures. She has 10 years of experience in childcare and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology. Trisha was inspired to work in childcare for her love and passion for children. She loves watching them learn through hands on experiences and discover their own potential! Her favorite quote is “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”-Benjamin Franklin. When Trisha is not at a New Creations location, she might be found with her husband and three children camping or ice fishing, depending on the time of year. She loves the outdoors, and spending time with her family.