Playhouse Child Care Center was established in 1991 in Sauk Rapids MN, with the goal of providing quality educational-based child care to families.
Playhouse expanded their operations to Monticello in 1992, St. Cloud Technical College in 1993, Sartell in 1995, Central Lakes College in Brainerd in 1996, and a TCC Headstart collaborative in Little Falls in 2002. In 2005, the Sauk Rapids site was forced to close due to the construction of a new bridge.
Diane Mendel has worked as a general hospital nurse, a clinical nurse and in public health nursing as a supervisor for home health aides and HIV/AIDS counseling & testing. She worked for the MN Department of Education with youth at risk programs prior to starting Playhouse Child Care Center. She has also been an adjunct faculty member of St. Cloud Technical College.
Melody Peterson has a degree in elementary and special education. She taught in Braham, worked for the MN Department of Education with early intervention programs and for Benton Stearns Education District, prior to starting Playhouse. She has also been an adjunct faculty member of St. Cloud Technical College.