Heather LaCasse, founder and owner, has two successful children ages 17 and 20, and is a native of West Hartford. She has over 15 years experience in early childhood and nonprofit management. Her diversified professional background in administration, marketing/communications and passion for education, allows her to lead MIMMO to its full potential.
The vision for MIMMO came about in 2016 after her love for the Reggio Emilia approach and the idea of building a community that is inspired by a “beautiful life”. Heather was exposed heavily to the arts at an early age. Her father was a photojournalist for the New York Times and associated press; her grandparents were professional classical musicians and educators; and her mom was an early childhood educator and lover of film and literature.
"I grew up in with an Italian family where the richest of memories came from everyone coming together and celebrating with the beauty of food, connections and celebration. I am committed to incorporating all of these elements within MIMMO Play Cafe and feel strongly that you will call MIMMO your “second home”, as well as a rich place where your child will flourish!“
~ Heather LaCasse
Sarah Barker is a certified elementary teacher who has worked with children for over 15 years. She earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Westfield State College in 2003 and a Master’s in Education from Western New England College in 2010. Sarah taught at the primary grade level for ten years, most recently in West Hartford, before deciding to stay home to raise her children. Prior to joining the Mimmo team, Sarah was a leader of an outdoor, early education program and a private tutor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and snowboarding. Sarah lives in Canton with her husband and her two children, ages 4 and 6.
“I am thrilled to be part of a unique, Reggio inspired program where children are encouraged to explore, create and express themselves as individual learners. I believe children learn best through play. My goal is to facilitate learning experiences that inspire wonder and curiosity in children, so they develop a life-long love of learning.” -Sarah Barker