Behind the Caterpillar Clubhouse Murals

It’s impossible not to smile when you walk into the Caterpillar Clubhouse. The beautiful artwork painted on the walls greets you and creates a welcoming environment for the kids. We talked to the talented artist behind the Caterpillar Clubhouse murals, Kallie Stewart to learn a little more about her and the whole process! Check out the story below.

About Kallie

I grew up in Farmington, Utah until I was 16, then moved to St. George, Utah.  I now live in beautiful Santa Clara, where I get to see all of the amazing landscapes of Southern Utah every day.  In January of 2017, I started working for Root for Kids (then The Learning Center for Families). 

I knew about the organization from previously working at WIC (Women, Infants and Children). I was ready for a change in employment and was very interested in being a part of the services that Root for Kids offers to the community. Currently, I work as a Family Support Specialist for the Early Head Start program, and I do not regret coming to work for Root for Kids for a single moment. It has been an amazing company to work for, with amazing coworkers and community members! 

I have been interested in art since I was a little girl. I took every art class I could get my hands on! Then I went on to get an Associate’s Degree from Utah Valley University in Fine Art. I have had the opportunity to do commissions involving portraits, murals, and interior design projects. I had the awesome opportunity of doing my first mural at my daughter’s preschool at the time, Desert Edge Montessori. 

Murals in the Baby Room

A few months after starting here, Suzanne (Root for Kids CEO) approached me about doing a mural for the re-branding of the daycare.  She gave me a few ideas that she wanted, but let me use my artistic judgement to design it.  The first installment was done in the baby room with a sleeping caterpillar and two butterflies. 

Caterpillar Clubhouse Murals | Root for Kids
Caterpillar Clubhouse Murals | Root for Kids
Caterpillar Clubhouse Murals | Root for Kids
Caterpillar Clubhouse Murals | Root for Kids

Nature Wonderland

Suzanne approached me again in the fall of 2018 about brightening up the hallway of the Caterpillar Clubhouse. We sat down and started brainstorming small with some grass, flower, butterflies, and caterpillars. Our creative juices started flowing and we ended up deciding to brighten up the whole hall. The ideas was to paint it a light blue and add a tree house aspect when you enter the hall. 

Caterpillar Clubhouse Murals | Root for Kids

Bill (Root for Kids Facilities Coordinator) helped us prep the walls, and Suzanne was a major sport. It was nice to see our CEO covered in blue paint as she painted the whole wall! She is so invested in the happiness of our little children in the Caterpillar Clubhouse. I then went on to give the hallway a nature wonderland theme to give the children the feel of being on the level of the caterpillars and butterflies. It has been so fun to see the faces of the kids (and the parents) light up as they enter.

I’m glad I could be a part of adding joy to the kids faces. It is so important for the children to enjoy, and feel at home in a space where they spend a portion of their day. Feel free to reach me at for any consults or projects that you would be interested in.

We are love how the Caterpillar Clubhouse looks now! We are so lucky to have Kallie in our team. If you are looking for high quality care for your child (0 to 5 years old), check out the Caterpillar Clubhouse page and fill out an application!

Top 10 Moments of 2018

2018 was a big year for Root for Kids (previously The Learning Center for Families). We celebrated our 25th Anniversary, changed our name and branding, built a new website, expanded our services and most importantly, we were able to serve 1,293 kids – more than ever before.

Take a look back with us to our top 10 moments of 2018!

10. Utah Families Connect Event

Our Parents as Teachers (PAT) program participated in a state-wide event with eight other PAT programs across Utah. The event brought together 16 parents and 41 children to enjoy a night of food, fun and learning at our St. George location. If you are interested in signing up for PAT, just fill out a referral form and we’ll be in touch!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

9. Fall Family Festival

Another family favorite event we host every year is the Fall Family Festival in October. The kids got to dress up in costumes, get their face painted, and play fun games. Also, the DSU Dental Hygiene team came out to volunteer and do free fluoride varnishes in the kids!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

8. Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

After announcing our new name and branding in our 25th Anniversary gala, we invited the community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The St. George Chamber of Commerce came to support the event as well as other community leaders and business people.

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

7. Monthly Food Pantry Events

In a partnership with the Utah Food Bank, we started to host monthly food pantry events in August 2018. All families served by our programs were invited to come receive 10-12 food items, and if they weren’t able to make the trip, our staff delivered the boxes. We are so grateful for this partnership that has made such a difference in the lives of the families!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

6. Volunteers

Every month individuals and groups came to Root for Kids to volunteer in a variety of projects. From bundling diapers and putting together “I Spy” bottles to repairing garden boxes and building a trike track, we couldn’t have had a successful year without our volunteers!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

5. 3nd Annual Radioathon

There’s nothing like the spirit of giving during the holiday season! We were fortunate to partner up with Red Rock Broadcasting to host our 3rd Annual Radioathon on December 5. It was 13 awesome hours of fundraising – hundreds of cars driving by to drop off change and in-kind donations, sponsors being interviewed on air, families sharing their stories live and volunteers working on several different projects.

Radioathon | Root for Kids

4. Caterpillar Clubhouse Annual Health Fair

The Caterpillar Clubhouse celebrated its first year in 2018. We also hosted our first annual health fair in April, which provided free health screenings and services to 23 children enrolled in child care. One of the moms shared that her son “went and did all the tests and past most of them. When we did the vision screening he failed. I was really surprised because he hasn’t showed any signs of needing glasses! I later took him to the eye doctor. Come to find out that my son does need glasses. If it wasn’t for the Health Fair I wouldn’t have known that he needed glasses until later in life!”.

The Caterpillar Clubhouse is now enrolling 0-5 year olds!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

3. Dental Clinics at DSU

Twice a year several dental hygienists, dentists and students come together to offer free services for enrolled families. They do everything from maintenance to actual dental work that needs to be done. We are so grateful for their partnership! Thank you for helping so many children and pregnant women in our community.

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

2. Spring and Winter Graduations

Few things are cuter than 3-year olds in caps and gowns receiving their diplomas. Such a big part of what we do is making sure the children and families are ready to be on their own after completing our programs. And we celebrate that milestone with two graduation events every year, one in the spring and the other in the winter. In 2018, 206 children graduated from Root for Kids!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

1. 25th Anniversary Gala

The biggest party of the year was definitely our 25th Anniversary Gala on September 22. For 25 years, Root for Kids (then The Learning Center for Families) promoted the success of children by providing access to resources, early education, early intervention and health services. The gala gave us an opportunity to nurture relationships with old friends and make new ones. We also revealed our new name and logo at the party, which was well-received and celebrated. Thank you to all the amazing donors we have and everyone who was part of that special night. We’re looking forward to our next gala!

Top 10 Moments of 2018 | Root for Kids

We had so many incredible moments in 2018 that is was hard to pick only ten. Here’s to a 2019 filled with accomplishments and success stories! If you’d like to contribute to our goal of nurturing strong beginnings, please consider making a donation.

Radioathon Kicks Off the Season of Giving

On December 5, 2018, we hosted our 3rd annual holiday Radioathon for children and families. Every year we partner up with Red Rock Broadcasting and their radio stations for a 13-hour day of giving. Mix 103.1, Coyote 102.3 and Kool 98.9 broadcast live from our building in St. George to interview families served by our programs, sponsors, encourage listeners to donate and narrate all the action as donations and groups of volunteers flood in. We live in an amazing giving community and every year we are amazed by their generosity!

Radioathon Stats | Root for Kids


Between groups and individuals, we had 36 volunteers join us throughout the day. They could choose from four drop-in projects and help for as long as they wanted! All projects were activities for the kids served by our programs.

Volunteers | Root for Kids Radioathon

Volunteers | Root for Kids Radioathon

In-Kind Donations

Who knew that Santa had so many helpers in St. George. We almost couldn’t fit all the in-kind donations that were coming in! Thank you to the businesses, church groups, volunteers, families and friends who came together to make this day extra special. Every item makes a difference in a child’s life.

Radioathon | Root for Kids



From cars driving by dropping off their loose change to phones ringing and online donations, people had may ways to contribute financially. We also offered sponsorship opportunities and sponsors got the opportunity to be interviewed live in the radio stations that morning.

Thank you for helping us kick off the season of giving and helping over 600 families in our community!  You can see more pictures on our Facebook page. If you didn’t have the chance to join us for the Radioathon, you can still make a donation online or purchase an item from our wish list.

Staff Highlight: Early Intervention Nurses

We are extremely fortunate to have two talented registered nurses (RN) in our staff – Stacie Holt and Megan Eads. They are part of the Health Services team at Root for Kids, where they work with our Early Head Start kids and pregnant moms and Early Intervention kids. Today we’re highlighting their amazing work with the unique Early Intervention program at Root for Kids.

Staff Highlight: Early Intervention Nurses | Root for Kids
Megan Eads

The program serves children from birth to 3 years old and each referred child gets a home visit with an RN. This happens upon intake and annually; the evaluation includes an individualized health history, hearing and vision screening. Our nurse’s role in Early Intervention is vital to the assessment and eligibility of the child.

The nurses help the family determine if there is a medical reason that needs to be addressed in order for developmental milestones to be reached. They also coordinate care with medical providers if concerns need to be addressed. This ensures that a child’s overall health is an asset to their development.

Stacie Holt, one of our nurses, recently shared the following success story with us.


Staff Highlight: Early Intervention Nurses | Root for Kids
Stacie Holt

From Feeding Tube to Full Nutrition by Mouth

Approximately two years ago, we enrolled a premature baby in our Early Intervention program who was a triplet and was born at 33 weeks. She had spent 2 months in the NICU. The baby was born with a cleft lip and palate and was unable to nurse or take a bottle. She went home with a feeding tube and 100% of her nutrition was through tube feeding. Later had corrective surgical repair of her lip and soft palate.  

The speech therapist helped her learn to eat by mouth and overcome a severe gag reflex. The physical therapist helped with her gross motor development, and the developmental specialist helped with her overall development.  

As she got older, an occupational therapist helped her learn to eat food with a variety of textures. The registered nurse worked with her and her parents on calorie packing to help her gain weight.  

As a team, we served this sweet premature girl from the time she was about 5 months old until she was 29 months old and moved out of state. At the time she exited our program, she was taking 100% of her nutrition by mouth and planning on having her feeding tube removed.   

I recently spoke with her mom and she continues to do well; so well that they have decided they no longer need Early Intervention.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please fill out our referral form. To support the Early Intervention program and its activities, visit our donate page.

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