1300 Olson Memorial Hwy, Minneapolis, MN 55411, US

Welcome To Seed World

Seed Academy Preschool & After School

(33 MONTHS – 12 YEARS)

When I started Seed Early Learning Academy (SELA) in my home on 12th & Upton Avenue North, Minneapolis in 1985, it was developed as my children’s (Kesha, Riza and Quadir) home play space and learning laboratory. It was designed to be engaging and challenging – and to this day, Seed Academy is still that place. The scholars who attend our child care center are involved in a friendly, nurturing and educationally sound world of learning.

Today, Seed Academy is nationally accredited by NAEYC lead by a dedicated and caring staff, many of which have been employed over a decade or more.

Celebrating Three Decades of Service to the Twin Cities Community.

About Us

Licensed Childcare Facility since 1985. 501(c)3 (NON-PROFIT)


Seed Academy is a uniformed, Kindergarten-Readiness preschool academy. The academy has been licensed since 1985 as a family daycare in the home of its Founder, Dr. Ella Mahmoud on 12th & Upton Avenue North. In 1990 it moved to a commercial facility at 25th & Golden Valley Road Avenue North. In 1996 she opened a south Minneapolis location in Sabathani Community Center and in 1998 a Brooklyn Center, MN location. For more than a decade now, the academy has been housed in its permanent home on Olson Memorial Hwy., in Minneapolis. The facility is open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. nightly. A 40-Week, standard-based Creative Curriculum prepares students while their social, cultural and emotional development is embraced daily.

NAEYC Accreditation


NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.  NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs. Today, over 7,000 programs are NAEYC Accredited.

NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families.  Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development.  Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

It is for this reason that parents and families are seeking out NAEYC-accredited programs.  Parents choosing an early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality that families are looking for. NAEYC Accreditation gives families the chance to make the Right Choice for Kids.

Parent Aware


Parent Aware is a Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for early childhood education programs. Parent Aware helps parents find quality care and education providers in their area. The one- to four-star ratings system, a free service, measures best practices identified by research that help children succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. The statewide rollout of Parent Aware phased in over the grant period, but beginning at the start of 2015, rating is available to programs in every Minnesota county. Eligible families can apply for Parent Aware Scholarship grants to assist with the cost of tuition through our Enrollment Office.

Our Staff


Our committed staff consists of individuals who are early childhood educators who are dedicated to providing our students a high quality education in a nurturing and fun environment. (L-r): Ms. Montgomery is a Kindergarten-Readiness teacher who has been with our program over 16 years, Ms. Harris is a Pre-Primary teacher who has been with Seed for over 20 years, Ms. Jones is also a Kindergarten-Readiness teacher and Assistant Teacher in Pre-Primary for nearly 20 years, and Ms. Cora Long has served as the Center Director for nearly 25 years.

When I grow up

When I Grow Up

When I grow up I just might be a teacher,

A farmer, doctor, or a movie star.

When I grow up I just might be an artist,

Or an author writing a famous book,

When I grow up.

There are so many things that I could be,

So many choices just for me.

When I grow up whatever I'll be,

I'll be so proud of me.

When I grow up I just might be a singer, Computer worker or a president.

When I grow up I just might be a lawyer,

Or a fire fighter saving lives,

When I grow up.

There are so many things that I could be,

So many choices just for me.

When I grow up whatever I'll be,

I'll be so proud of me.

When I grow up.

What do you want to be?

Preschool News


Week 1: Getting to Know the Teacher

Week 2: That’s My Name

Week 3: Leaving Toys at Home

Week 4: Falling Leaves

Week 5: Happy Good-byes


Week 1: Investigate a Pumpkin

Week 2: My Family Is Special

Week 3: Let’ s Write

Week 4: Colorful Laces 


Week 1: Let’s Take a Walk

Week 2: Take a Break

Week 3: Giving To Others

Week 4: Make Time for Family 


Week 1: Ways to Volunteer

Week 2: All Kinds of Shelters

Week 3: Respect for Others

Week 4: Reading Together

Week 5: Winter Trees 


Week 1: Thinking of Others

Week 2: Talk It Through

Week 3: Time In a Bottle

Week 4: What’s In a Word


Week 1: Eat a Special Breakfast On a Snow Day

Week 2: Making Good Decisions

Week 3: Copycat Siblings

Week 4: Practicing Patience 


Week 1: How To Handle Bullying

Week 2: Make a Spotlight

Week 3: Board Game Learning

Week 4: Family Activity Bowl

Week 5: A Three Ring Circus


Week 1: Finger Paint

Week 2: Symbols Are Everywhere

Week 3: Kindergarten Ahead

Week 4: Be Encouraging 


Week 1: Words That Describe

Week 2: Cooking Together

Week 3: Table Manners

Week 4: My Art Studio 

Other Resources:

Everyday Parenting Solutions

Reading Connection

Home & School Connection

Math & Science Connection

Nutrition Nuggets

Cereal Box Learning

Helping Children Feel Safe

Talking To Children about Crisis



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Make A Difference / Make A Donation


Seed Academy is in the midst of a Fundraising Campaign to build a Toddler Play Lot and to purchase a mini-bus or two 12-passenger vans.

Your donation toward this effort would be greatly appreciated.

Please make your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to:

Seed Daycare, Inc., 

Attn: Dr. Ella Mahmoud, Founder

1300 Olson Memorial Hwy. • Minneapolis, MN 55411

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

Feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Fax completed form to: Cora Long (612) 381-0748

Seed Daycare, Inc

1300 Olson Memorial Hwy, Minneapolis, MN 55411, US

(612) 374-3178