Young at Heart Child Care Center

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Young at Heart Child Care Center, 331 S Water St,  Sparta WI 54656

Morrow Home Community has a licensed, group child care center on-site! The center is licensed by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health & Family Services. The center is owned and operated by Morrow Home as a not for profit organization. We are licensed to care for 31 children; ages six weeks to twelve years.

Young at Heart Child Care Center’s operation hours are 5:45 am to 5:30 pm. We are open Monday through Friday; January through December. The center is closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The center closes at 2:00 pm on Good Friday & Christmas Eve.

YOUNG AT HEART CHILD CARE CENTER will accept children regardless of race, color, sex, creed, disability, national origin, or ancestry. Priority will be given to children of Morrow Home Community employees. Children whose parents work outside of the Morrow Home Community may enroll on a space available basis. There are no limitations regarding children who apply for enrollment as long as we are able to provide a safe, supportive environment for that child. All children will be enrolled for a trial period of two weeks. During the trial period, either the center or parent may terminate child care without advance notice.

YOUNG AT HEART CHILD CARE CENTER is a participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial, or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) USDA is an equal opportunity provided and employer.

Young at Heart Child Care is proud to be part of the Morrow Home Community! Intergenerational activities are provided each week with the residents of the nursing home and assisted living.

For more information on Young at Heart Child Care Center, please email Mary Ellen Leis, Director at or call the center at 608-366-6280 (office) or 608-366-6279 (main classroom).


My son, James, has been enrolled at Young at Heart since he was two months old and is now seven years old. Young at Heart is a one of a kind day care. James has been able to come to work with me since he was two months old, and as the years have gone by, he is now in school and has been able to get off the bus here also. Having your child close by to you all day long is a gift in itself. When he was younger, the kids would take walks around the facility or be on their way to an intergenerational activity. James would be able to stop in my office to give me a quick hug and kiss! This was a gift! When James’ great grandfather was a resident at Morrow Home, James was given the opportunity to get to know his great grandpa even better; another gift! The memories that have been made at Young at Heart are priceless. James and his parents are grateful for the care and love that he has received throughout the years. The staff is part of our family and always will be.
-Renee Thurston, Morrow Home Community employee

Having the opportunity to have had three children here at Young at Heart Child Care over the past few years has been nothing short of an excellent experience. My son, Jacoby, who is six years old now, has been at Young at Heart since he was three months old. As parents, we all wish that we would not need the services of a child care for our children but the reality is that some of us do and subsequently, we are faced with the ever so important decision of finding a setting that will provide the loving, caring, and nurturing environment they deserve. It gives us parents a peace of mind knowing that while we are working, our children are being loved; that they are safe; and that they are learning to interact with other children of the same age group which is also important to their development. The children at Young at Heart are also introduced to intergenerational programming with the elderly while here at the day care. I feel that this brings the whole circle of life to a whole new perspective. I have been blessed to be an employee of Morrow Home Community and it has been great to be able to just bring my child to work with me. It has allowed me such freedom to just be able to check on him throughout the day; to be able to watch him involved in learning and to see him playing both inside and outside with a huge smile on his face. These are the moments that, as a parent, are irreplaceable. Jacoby loves the friends he has made here and has developed relationships with his teachers over the years. I cannot thank the Young at Heart staff enough for the love and care they have provided not only to all three of my children, but for all of the children they care for.
-Karl Hauser, Morrow Home Community employee

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