About Us

Our mission is to make sure every child can read fluently by third grade

With mastery in the proven five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Our programs are now in 12 states, reaching over 11,000 children a year in pre-kindergarten, childcare, transitional/high five kindergarten, and kindergarten to grade 3.

Our History

For nearly 30 years, educator Kate Horst has been creating and modeling early childhood development practices and tools with community leaders, teachers and parents through “anchor organizations.” 

These organizations are anchored in relationship-based interaction and evidence-based instructional design. Currently executive director of FluentSeeds, Kate first created a professional development program in 1998 to make learning about parenting user-friendly for the adolescent parents she served in Minneapolis Public Schools Adolescent Parent Program. 

Since that time, Kate developed her framework, called SEEDS of Learning, through participation in a University of Minnesota study and involvement in the Minnesota Early Literacy Training Project. The model has undergone independent evaluations that show it outperforms other well-known early learning programs throughout the United States.

SEEDS classrooms and homes have stood the test of time because they are defined by parents, teachers, providers, coaches and leaders in our “anchor organizations”, by balanced interactions that support learners to feel respected and capable. 

The programs that have become “anchor organizations” for SEEDS of Learning choose us because we have a history of moving children in foundational skills toward predictive skills based on evidence-based interactions. They choose us because our pedagogy is developmentally appropriate and respectful of the skill development process. It’s fun for all ages. 

SEEDS of Learning is currently growing through “anchor programs” in 12 states. Each program believes in SEEDS quality interactions as the pedagogy for their early childhood programming, and customizes it to meet the needs of their community. SEEDS embeds the art and science of sensitive and responsive relationships into every interaction.

We know that relationship is the link that moves all learners from knowledge to mastery and that it occurs through play, exploration, mealtime habits and conversations, dressing and sleep routines, and a host of other activities throughout the day. SEEDS of Learning supports fun and meaningful learning opportunities to help children become confident, capable readers by 3rd grade, in developmentally appropriate classrooms with adults that are respected and supported.

 

What began as an embryo from science and experience has grown to serve thousands because of science and experience through anchor organizations. 

Meet Our Team

Carla Ann Horst

Seeds Operation Manager

Alyssa Moylan

Operations and Finance Lead

Emily Grunt

Program Specialist

Dana Cilono 

Program Director

Kate Horst

Executive Director
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Markita Frazier

Lead Coach and Trainer

Tempestt Gilmore

Program Specialist

Andrea Little

Data Analyst

Meet Our Partners

The programs that are “anchor organizations” for SEEDS of Learning choose us because we have a history of moving children in foundational skills toward predictive skills based on evidence-based interactions. They choose us because our pedagogy is developmentally appropriate and respectful of the skill development process. Plus, it’s fun for all ages.