our story

Little Sprouts Academy was founded by Elena and Grayson Barbour in 2009 as an in-home daycare near San Diego State University. Elena and Grayson are very passionate about giving children an early start toward the love of learning and health.  As part of this philosophy, they incorporate Reggio inspired learning experiences and organic and natural foods into the curriculum. Additionally, they use natural and green cleaning products.  Parents loved Elena and Grayson’s approach to learning for their children and the number of applicants quickly outgrew their capacity. To meet this need, on January 22nd, 2013 the doors opened at the much larger Mission Gorge location.

Little Sprouts Academy’s mission is to provide a unique and enriching preschool experiences through quality care, organic and healthy foods and attention to detail. Here at Little Sprouts, we want to change the perception of what “daycare” should be and to far exceed your expectations. We believe that children deserve the best care and attention and we want their earliest memories to happy and enriching!


Little Sprouts Academy Core Values

Our core values were compiled with input from our families and staff members to accurately capture what Little Sprouts represents. Our hope is to actively instill and cultivate these ideals in every aspect at our academies and within the Little Sprouts' family and community.

R.    relationships

E.    encouragement 

S.    sustainability 

P.     positivity

E.     empathy

C.     creativity

T.     teamwork