Our Story

Brilliant Beginnings

Our journey to bring quality education online.

A History of Education

Growing Brilliant is early childhood education at its finest, created with 25 years in the early education field and vast knowledge of early childhood education and development. Our journey has been long, from teaching in public schools to creating in-person parent/child participation programs to building award-winning in-person preschools to now developing a revolutionary online-based early learning academy. We know education because it’s all we have done! A lifetime of education and real-world experiences have been incorporated into this online early learning academy.

Growing Brilliant was founded in 2013 when Zach and Lisa Hansen opened the first Growing Brilliant Preschool location in Rocklin, CA. Over the next six years, Zach and Lisa opened four more California locations in Folsom, Granite Bay, Natomas, and Roseville. The Hansens served families in the Sacramento area with their award-winning in-person preschools until late 2021, when Child Time Preschool acquired all four locations.

Lisa Hansen, who holds a doctorate in education, started her career in education as a preschool teacher and then became an elementary teacher. During her doctorate program, she developed the curriculum that would be used in both the in-person preschools and the early learning academy based on the educational philosophy of “Structured Learning Through Guided Play.” She wholeheartedly believes that children learn and retain more information when playing and having fun.

An Early Learning Academy is Born

In 2020, when the pandemic started and in-person preschools were shutting down, Zach and Lisa knew they had to find a way to bring the quality preschool education and experience they were already providing into people’s homes. So in 2020, Growing Brilliant Early Learning Academy, a revolutionary, accelerated online early learning program unlike anything on the market, was born.

Growing Brilliant’s early learning curriculum is based on the same curriculum used in the award-winning, Growing Brilliant in-person preschools, with plenty of hands-on activities and crafts. In addition, special age-appropriate curriculum boxes were created and filled with all the items family would need. These boxes are included in the enrollment cost and shipped to their home. You can learn more here.

Parents across the country have experienced their children learning and thriving in Growing Brilliant’s accelerated, online early learning academy. See what real parents are saying about our program here.