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A Little About Us…

We understand the difficulty involved with entrusting your child’s care, education, and well-being in the hands of someone else. Rest assured, when you choose to bring your children to Teddy’s Place Child Care in Sun Prairie, WI, they’re in the best hands.

Our staff is caring, trained, and committed to helping your child learn and grow. This might also be a good place to mention that we won the Sun Prairie Star’s Best of Childcare award in 2019.

We are licensed by the State of Wisconsin and comply with the Rules for Day Care Centers for Children.

Childcare Center, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Our Mission

“Where Families Grow Together,” describes our philosophy of mixed-age classrooms where siblings can often stay together in the same classroom. All children have the opportunity to build self-confidence as “older brothers or sisters” to younger children. These experiences contribute to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners.

The Teddy’s Place Environment

Home is where the heart is. That’s why we try our best to create a home-like environment through the use of photos, toys, and furniture. More important to creating this environment is our consistent, nurturing staff.

The majority of the teachers have been with Teddy’s Place for 10+ years and hold various associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. With no time-outs and a focus on positive communication, children learn to face challenges and react with optimism.

Positive Learning

Every child learns in different ways and at their own pace. By exploring a unit in as many ways as possible, we provide learning opportunities to suit each child’s unique needs. Units are often grouped together, so children understand there are many components to any topic.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to nurture children in a safe, positive, family environment and help them learn through developmentally appropriate games and play.

We are lucky to have a large open field and fenced in playgrounds as well as spacious classrooms with lofts. These spaces help children develop the desire to explore and question the environment around them.

Storytime!

The year was 1984. Sharlot Bogart, this story’s main character, decided to establish a child care center of her own. You see, Sharlot had nearly thirty years of experience in early elementary education, special education, and group child care centers. Using this experience, she set off to start Teddy’s Place Child Care, a place where families grow together.

In the beginning, Teddy’s Place started with a preschool program for only eight children. As the word got out that Teddy’s Place was a fun and reliable place for parents to leave their children, excitement built around the town. Seven years later, in 1991, Teddy’s Place expanded to become a group child care center. Now, children ages 6 weeks to 12 years could attend this magical place where they can learn songs, play outside, and much more!

Fast forward to today, and Teddy’s Place has grown to 96 children and has since become an incorporated business. While we continue to grow, Teddy’s Place will always remain focused on the families of the community. Teddy’s Place Child Care has been, and will continue to be, a place where children can learn, grow, and have fun!

Meet Our Teachers

Sharlot Bogart, Director/Owner

Hi, my name is Sharlot. My brother, three sisters, and I grew up with my mother and father on a small farm and 140 acres of land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We grew up with every story at bedtime having a moral to it.

My father always stressed to us children that we had to leave things better than when we found them and that he hoped that when he died, he would leave this world a better place than when he came into it. This sounds glamorous, but I’m talking LIFE…. Cleaning our rooms, mucking out stalls, weeding the garden, whitewashing hen houses, picking up after playing at the neighbors, stuff that had been lying around since Lincoln was president! You get the picture.

My mother always reminded us to be honest and work hard because God was always watching over us. Talk about scary! I mean seriously, someone always watching over me? I had a lot to worry about with that one. All in all, we had a pretty wonderful life. We were allowed to play and explore every inch of our property after morning and before evening chores, and my mother never worried about our clothes getting dirty or holey.

My life was the epitome of learning through play!

I went on to college, married, had two wonderful daughters, traveled, and taught at several early care and education centers around the Midwest with my husband. After he passed away suddenly, I decided to settle down with my daughters in Sun Prairie.

I took in many teenage girls who needed a little help in life and was privileged enough to add one permanently to our family. Today the three of my daughters are grown and married, and I am lucky enough to have seven beautiful grandchildren.

My life experiences and stories have made me a visionary leader. I enjoy working hard, continuously learning new things to stay ahead of change or to make those changes to better our field, and strive to lead my team to be the best that we can be. Hopefully, we touch all of you; teachers, children, families, and community friends who come through our doors so that you feel better, smarter, and stronger when you leave our family. And hopefully, like my father, when I leave this field of work or life in general, I too will leave it a better place than when I came into it. God bless you all, and may someone always be watching over you!

Sara Mileham, Director/Owner

I have been working at Teddy’s Place going on six years! I started out as an assistant teacher in my Junior year of High school in the school-age classroom, and then went on to be a lead teacher during my senior year!

Many of you have seen me in the office as I am in my transitional period into learning how to run the center and take over after I graduate from college with a degree in early childhood and special education!

I love my job and all my coworkers and am extremely excited for this opportunity! I immigrated to the United States when I was 5 years old, due to my Dad’s job! We are the only part of my family ever to leave the United Kingdom! I lived just outside the Bay area in California and Southern Kentucky before making Wisconsin my final home!

I love to travel all over the world and am very fortunate to have a brother that works for United Airlines that takes me to a whole range of new places! I also enjoy playing soccer, working out, building new furniture and home projects with my dad, and hanging out with my friends and my animals!

Amy Ellis, Assistant Director

I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 25 years and have an associate’s degree in child care with the Administrator Credential. I have been working in the office for the past 14 years, but before that, I was an infant/toddler teacher and a preschool teacher.

Some of my job duties in the office include enrolling new families by giving them a tour and checking over paperwork before they start. I manage the children’s files to make sure that all contact information and health forms are up-to-date. I process all billing for accounts. I handle all new and current staff paperwork. I also help out in the classrooms, if needed.

I have two daughters. Brooklyn is a freshman at UW-Richland, and Breanne is a sophomore at Sun Prairie High School. We have a dog, a cat, and a fish who are all part of our family. I am the youngest of 10 children, my brothers, sisters, and their children all live close, so we spend lots of time together.

Ms. Emily, Head Teacher

Hello! My name is Ms. Emily, and I am a 4K teacher here at Teddy’s Place. I have been teaching 4K for the past nine years, and this will be my 5th year here. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and sociology from Ripon College and with my master’s degree in special education from UW-Whitewater.

I grew up in Janesville and currently reside there with my husband and son. I enjoy spending time with my family, testing out new restaurants, and cooking new recipes. I coach volleyball throughout the school year and enjoy staying active and busy.

I look forward to every year of learning, fun, and adventures! I can’t wait to learn all about your child and family.

Nohemi Acosta Calzada, Head Teacher

My name is Nohemi Acosta Calzada, and I was born in 1988 in Zacatecas, Mexico. I came to the United States when I was 6 years old. Leaving my home town and part of my family was the hardest thing I had to do at that young age.

My parents put me in school, and I had to learn a new language, which was not easy for me. When I took an early childhood development class in high school, I realized I wanted to work with kids — make them smile and watch them grow. I have been working with kids now for 11 years. I also teach kids Spanish!

I have two beautiful daughters, one is 6 years old, and I have a new 6-month-old baby, and I love both with all my heart. In my free time on the weekends, I love riding horses. I recently became a U.S. Citizen, and the process was easier than I thought!

Fatima De Faria

My name is Fatima De Faria; I was born in Venezuela, where you eat arepas, cachapas, and pabellon — where it is summer all year round, and there are beautiful beaches. I have European descendants (from Portugal), so since childhood, I was taught to love two very different countries with the same passion.

I arrived in the USA in 2017, and I am learning a lot of new things, like winter with snow.

I graduated from university in 2013 (graduated in initial education). I love my career, and since then, I have always worked with children. They, with their innocence and love, are able to teach you incredible things.

On weekends and free days, I like to go hiking with my husband and enjoy nature. One of my favorite places, especially in the summer, is the Devil’s lake.

Ms. Basia, Teacher Assistant

Hello, my name is Ms.Basia. I have been working in Teddy’s Place for over nine years as a 4k teacher assistant.

I was born and raised in Poland, where I finished college and earned a master’s degree in elementary and special education.

I have been married for 22 years, and we have a son and a daughter. My favorite things to relaxare home improvements, remodeling projects, and dark chocolate. I enjoy hiking, skiing, and traveling.

In my 16 years of experience in the educational field, I feel that my professional development helps me become a better teacher every day. I love coming to work every day and leaving feeling that I made a difference. Teddy’s Place made that possible with many opportunities and guidance.

Ms. Alba, Teacher Assistant

Hi I’m Ms. Alba! I am an Assistant Teacher in the infant and toddler room. I have been at Teddys Place Childcare for 4 years now! I started at Teddy’s Place during my senior year of high school where I worked in the school age classroom. I then went onto working in the preschool rooms before I settled full time in room 1. I live in Sun Prairie with my boyfriend Freddie and our two dogs Bruno and Nalah! I enjoy spending my time with my family, trying new foods and activities! I’ve loved being a part of the Teddy’s family and being a part of the children’s lives!

 

Ms. Erica, Teacher Assistant

Hi There! I am Ms. Erica! I’ve been at Teddy’s Place for 17 years. I worked as a school age teacher while I attended MATC and that’s where I earned my Associates degree in Early Childhood. I graduated MATC in 2006 and became a full-time preschool teacher. In the field of teaching I find that learning as an educator never stops. I was encouraged and received a scholarship to continue my education, so I have furthered my education through UW Milwaukee and have taken classes to go towards a Bachelor’s degree in Community Education. At Teddy’s place my strengths are environment set up, nurturing skills, and organizing. I would say my biggest strength is working for what I want and not being afraid to achieve more than one thing at a time. Besides being a teacher, I am a mother and a wife. I have been married for 13 years in which I met my husband here at Teddy’s; he was a teacher too. We have two children, McKenna and Marshall. The day I became a mom I felt my world was complete. My family loves enjoying the outdoors; swimming, fishing, parks, taking nightly walks, and camping.

 

Ms. Jen, Lead Teacher

My name is Ms. Jen!
I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 20 years. For about 19 of them I’ve worked in the infant and toddler room. I have my infant/toddler credential that I received a few years ago. I pretty much started working here right after high school. I attended MATC for 2 semesters but then started working here right after.
My son, who is in third grade now, used to come here too but now goes to school in Marshall. On weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We love going to movies, out to eat, boating in the summer or just hanging out.

 

Ms. Crystal, Lead Teacher

My name is Ms. Jen!
I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 20 years. For about 19 of them I’ve worked in the infant and toddler room. I have my infant/toddler credential that I received a few years ago. I pretty much started working here right after high school. I attended MATC for 2 semesters but then started working here right after.
Hi Teddys Place Families!
I am excited to get to know you and your sweet children! My name is Crystal Knutson. I have been teaching for 24 years in public schools, private schools and childcare. I received by Bachelor of Elementary Education in Liberal Arts ay Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee! I also received a minor in Early Child Education and Special Education for K-12. My husbands name is Kenneth and we have four sweet children, Lance, Luke, Logan and Gabrielle. My children enjoy playing lots of sports like Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Track and Golf! Our Family Enjoys doing things outdoors like camping, fishing, hiking, walking and swimming! I look forward to meeting all the families at Teddys Place and getting to know more about you! 

 

Ms. Allison, Assistant Teacher

 Hello! My name is Ms. Allison and I am one of the preschool teachers here at Teddy’s Place. I graduated in May of 2021 from Madison Area Technical College with my Associates Degree in Fitness & Recreation Management. I currently am attending UW-Superior, which consists of online schooling. I will be going there for two years and will then graduate with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in early childhood education. I love working at Teddy’s Place as a preschool teacher because you are able to see the children grow over time and become confident in themselves, as well as seeing their smile each and every day. Watching relationships form between children and teachers is important to me as well. In my free time, I love to be outdoors. I enjoy camping, hiking and sightseeing. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Ms. Caskey, Assistant Teacher

Bio Coming Soon

Ms. Elizabeth, LeadTeacher

Hello my name is Ms. Elizabeth.
I am so excited to be part of the Teddy’s family. I grew up in Maryland, but was adopted at the age of 8 from a country called Ghana in West Africa. Growing up I enjoyed reading, playing lacrosse, field hockey and dancing. My favorite Children’s books are the “Giving Tree and the Hunger Caterpillar”. I received my undergraduate from the University of Towson. I have been in child care for 10 years. When I am not working I enjoy reading, traveling and being with my family. I can not wait to get to know all of the wonderful families here at Teddy’s.

Meet Our Teachers

Sharlot Bogart, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Sharlot Bogart, Director/Owner

Hi, my name is Sharlot. My brother, three sisters, and I grew up with my mother and father on a small farm and 140 acres of land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We grew up with every story at bedtime having a moral to it.

My father always stressed to us children that we had to leave things better than when we found them and that he hoped that when he died, he would leave this world a better place than when he came into it. This sounds glamorous, but I’m talking LIFE…. Cleaning our rooms, mucking out stalls, weeding the garden, whitewashing hen houses, picking up after playing at the neighbors, stuff that had been lying around since Lincoln was president! You get the picture.

My mother always reminded us to be honest and work hard because God was always watching over us. Talk about scary! I mean seriously, someone always watching over me? I had a lot to worry about with that one. All in all, we had a pretty wonderful life. We were allowed to play and explore every inch of our property after morning and before evening chores, and my mother never worried about our clothes getting dirty or holey.

My life was the epitome of learning through play!

I went on to college, married, had two wonderful daughters, traveled, and taught at several early care and education centers around the Midwest with my husband. After he passed away suddenly, I decided to settle down with my daughters in Sun Prairie.

I took in many teenage girls who needed a little help in life and was privileged enough to add one permanently to our family. Today the three of my daughters are grown and married, and I am lucky enough to have seven beautiful grandchildren.

My life experiences and stories have made me a visionary leader. I enjoy working hard, continuously learning new things to stay ahead of change or to make those changes to better our field, and strive to lead my team to be the best that we can be. Hopefully, we touch all of you; teachers, children, families, and community friends who come through our doors so that you feel better, smarter, and stronger when you leave our family. And hopefully, like my father, when I leave this field of work or life in general, I too will leave it a better place than when I came into it. God bless you all, and may someone always be watching over you!

Sara Milcham, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Sara Mileham, Director/Owner

I have been working at Teddy’s Place going on six years! I started out as an assistant teacher in my Junior year of High school in the school-age classroom, and then went on to be a lead teacher during my senior year!

Many of you have seen me in the office as I am in my transitional period into learning how to run the center and take over after I graduate from college with a degree in early childhood and special education!

I love my job and all my coworkers and am extremely excited for this opportunity! I immigrated to the United States when I was 5 years old, due to my Dad’s job! We are the only part of my family ever to leave the United Kingdom! I lived just outside the Bay area in California and Southern Kentucky before making Wisconsin my final home!

I love to travel all over the world and am very fortunate to have a brother that works for United Airlines that takes me to a whole range of new places! I also enjoy playing soccer, working out, building new furniture and home projects with my dad, and hanging out with my friends and my animals!

Amy Ellis, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Amy Ellis, Office Manager

I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 25 years and have an associate’s degree in child care with the Administrator Credential. I have been working in the office for the past 14 years, but before that, I was an infant/toddler teacher and a preschool teacher.

Some of my job duties in the office include enrolling new families by giving them a tour and checking over paperwork before they start. I manage the children’s files to make sure that all contact information and health forms are up-to-date. I process all billing for accounts. I handle all new and current staff paperwork. I also help out in the classrooms, if needed.

I have two daughters. Brooklyn is a freshman at UW-Richland, and Breanne is a sophomore at Sun Prairie High School. We have a dog, a cat, and a fish who are all part of our family. I am the youngest of 10 children, my brothers, sisters, and their children all live close, so we spend lots of time together.

Ms. Emily, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Ms. Emily, Head Teacher

Hello! My name is Ms. Emily, and I am a 4K teacher here at Teddy’s Place. I have been teaching 4K for the past nine years, and this will be my 5th year here. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and sociology from Ripon College and with my master’s degree in special education from UW-Whitewater.

I grew up in Janesville and currently reside there with my husband and son. I enjoy spending time with my family, testing out new restaurants, and cooking new recipes. I coach volleyball throughout the school year and enjoy staying active and busy.

I look forward to every year of learning, fun, and adventures! I can’t wait to learn all about your child and family.

Fatima De Faria, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Fatima De Faria, Lead Teacher

My name is Fatima De Faria; I was born in Venezuela, where you eat arepas, cachapas, and pabellon — where it is summer all year round, and there are beautiful beaches. I have European descendants (from Portugal), so since childhood, I was taught to love two very different countries with the same passion.

I arrived in the USA in 2017, and I am learning a lot of new things, like winter with snow.

I graduated from university in 2013 (graduated in initial education). I love my career, and since then, I have always worked with children. They, with their innocence and love, are able to teach you incredible things.

On weekends and free days, I like to go hiking with my husband and enjoy nature. One of my favorite places, especially in the summer, is the Devil’s lake.

Cozette Gialom, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Ms. Jen, Lead Teacher

My name is Ms. Jen!
I have worked at Teddy’s Place for 20 years. For about 19 of them I’ve worked in the infant and toddler room. I have my infant/toddler credential that I received a few years ago. I pretty much started working here right after high school. I attended MATC for 2 semesters but then started working here right after.
My son, who is in third grade now, used to come here too but now goes to school in Marshall. On weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We love going to movies, out to eat, boating in the summer or just hanging out.

Ms. Crystal, Lead Teacher

Hi Teddys Place Families!
I am excited to get to know you and your sweet children! My name is Crystal Knutson. I have been teaching for 24 years in public schools, private schools and childcare. I received by Bachelor of Elementary Education in Liberal Arts ay Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee! I also received a minor in Early Child Education and Special Education for K-12. My husbands name is Kenneth and we have four sweet children, Lance, Luke, Logan and Gabrielle. My children enjoy playing lots of sports like Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Track and Golf! Our Family Enjoys doing things outdoors like camping, fishing, hiking, walking and swimming! I look forward to meeting all the families at Teddys Place and getting to know more about you! 
Ms. Elizabeth, Lead Teacher in Sun Prairie, WI

Ms. Elizabeth, Lead Teacher

Hello my name is Ms. Elizabeth.
I am so excited to be part of the Teddy’s family. I grew up in Maryland, but was adopted at the age of 8 from a country called Ghana in West Africa. Growing up I enjoyed reading, playing lacrosse, field hockey and dancing. My favorite Children’s books are the “Giving Tree and the Hunger Caterpillar”. I received my undergraduate from the University of Towson. I have been in child care for 10 years. When I am not working I enjoy reading, traveling and being with my family. I can not wait to get to know all of the wonderful families here at Teddy’s.

Calie Vera, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Nohemi Acosta Calzada, Assistant Teacher

My name is Nohemi Acosta Calzada, and I was born in 1988 in Zacatecas, Mexico. I came to the United States when I was 6 years old. Leaving my home town and part of my family was the hardest thing I had to do at that young age.

My parents put me in school, and I had to learn a new language, which was not easy for me. When I took an early childhood development class in high school, I realized I wanted to work with kids — make them smile and watch them grow. I have been working with kids now for 11 years. I also teach kids Spanish!

I have two beautiful daughters, one is 6 years old, and I have a new 6-month-old baby, and I love both with all my heart. In my free time on the weekends, I love riding horses. I recently became a U.S. Citizen, and the process was easier than I thought!

ime with my family outside. I also like watching movies and online shopping! Baking and cooking with my kids are hobbies I enjoy.

Nohemi Acosta Calzada, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Ms. Basia, Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Ms. Basia. I have been working in Teddy’s Place for over ten years as a 4k teacher assistant.

I was born and raised in Poland, where I finished college and earned a master’s degree in elementary and special education.

I have been married for 22 years, and we have a son and a daughter. My favorite things to relax are home improvements, remodeling projects, and dark chocolate. I enjoy hiking, skiing, and traveling.

In my 16 years of experience in the educational field, I feel that my professional development helps me become a better teacher every day. I love coming to work every day and leaving feeling that I made a difference. Teddy’s Place made that possible with many opportunities and guidance.

Cozette Gialom, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Ms. Alba, Teacher Assistant

Hi I’m Ms. Alba!
I am an Assistant Teacher in the infant and toddler room. I have been at Teddys Place Childcare for 4 years now! I started at Teddy’s Place during my senior year of high school where I worked in the school age classroom. I then went onto working in the preschool rooms before I settled full time in room 1. I live in Sun Prairie with my boyfriend Freddie and our two dogs Bruno and Nalah! I enjoy spending my time with my family, trying new foods and activities! I’ve loved being a part of the Teddy’s family and being a part of the children’s lives!

Cozette Gialom, Teddy’s Place Child Care, Sun Prairie WI

Ms. Erica, Assistant Teacher

Hi There!
I am Ms. Erica! I’ve been at Teddy’s Place for 17 years. I worked as a school age teacher while I attended MATC and that’s where I earned my Associates degree in Early Childhood. I graduated MATC in 2006 and became a full-time preschool teacher. In the field of teaching I find that learning as an educator never stops. I was encouraged and received a scholarship to continue my education, so I have furthered my education through UW Milwaukee and have taken classes to go towards a Bachelor’s degree in Community Education. At Teddy’s place my strengths are environment set up, nurturing skills, and organizing. I would say my biggest strength is working for what I want and not being afraid to achieve more than one thing at a time. Besides being a teacher, I am a mother and a wife. I have been married for 13 years in which I met my husband here at Teddy’s; he was a teacher too. We have two children, McKenna and Marshall. The day I became a mom I felt my world was complete. My family loves enjoying the outdoors; swimming, fishing, parks, taking nightly walks, and camping.

Assistant Pre-K Teacher in Sun Prairie, WI

Ms. Allison, Assistant Teacher

Hello! My name is Ms. Allison and I am one of the preschool teachers here at Teddy’s Place. I graduated in May of 2021 from Madison Area Technical College with my Associates Degree in Fitness & Recreation Management. I currently am attending UW-Superior, which consists of online schooling. I will be going there for two years and will then graduate with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in early childhood education. I love working at Teddy’s Place as a preschool teacher because you are able to see the children grow over time and become confident in themselves, as well as seeing their smile each and every day. Watching relationships form between children and teachers is important to me as well. In my free time, I love to be outdoors. I enjoy camping, hiking and sightseeing. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Ms. Caskey, Teaching Assistant in Sun Prairie, WI

Ms. Caskey, Assistant Teacher

Bio Coming Soon!

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