Sunflower story


Dear Parents,


My name is Irina Faulise. I am the owner and the director of Sunflower Russian Immersion Early Learning center. We are a bilingual center where we offer a Russian immersion program. We are licensed to serve 38 children: 20 preschoolers, 14 toddlers and 4 infants. Our children come from Russian only speaking families, mixed Russian-American families speaking both languages, and from English only families. 


Prior to becoming the owner, I have been the parent of this center for almost 6 years. I remember there was a time in my life when I was frantically looking for the daycare for my 4 months old, as I was planning to go back to work. My husband and I were very happy to have found a bilingual daycare center that would foster the development of both Russian and English languages. The Russian immersion program has been and will always be the most important factor why we chose this center as parents.


I am a licensed ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, and I do understand very well what is happening in the mind of a child learning simultaneously 2 or 3 languages.  I worked in Aspen Academy charter school in Savage, MN for 5+ years and in Lakeville school district as a substitute teacher for 2 years. The wonderful staff of Sunflower Daycare and I have a lot of knowledge and energy to invest into Sunflower Russian Daycare to continue providing the quality bilingual childcare experience. I know all MN Kindergarten standards and will personally ensure that our preschoolers are ready for Kindergarten!


Lastly, I have the certification of a Professional Food Manager and we follow all USDA guidelines to serve only healthy foods to our children.

Please contact me to stop by for a tour and I will be happy to show you our daycare facility and answer all your questions!


Irina Faulise