Meet the Owner

Shelina Virani

I believe every parent should feel at ease while they are at work knowing that their child is in a safe, loving, nurturing environment where they can have fun and learn. I am confident we can provide that here at Ivy Kids Early Learning Center in Birnham Woods.

I developed a lifelong love for learning from a young age, graduating from University of Houston in 2004 with Bachelors in Finance (Cum Laude); and received an MBA from University of Phoenix in 2010.

As a mother of two spectacular kids, I understand the importance of building a strong social and educational foundation in early childhood years. When my children were 3 years old, I decided to go back to work and was challenged to find a high quality Learning Center that would prepare them for their elementary years. I decided to wait until my daughter was in Pre-K, and then I went back to work at Shell Oil Company where I worked as a Project Manager for over 10 years.

It’s an honor and privilege to now have the opportunity to pursue my life long calling to help parents and children achieve their dreams by starting with a solid foundation in early childhood education. My family and I are grateful that you are choosing to create a partnership with us. We believe Ivy Kids commitment to curriculum development, science programs, and nutritious meals for growing children helps in preparing children for a successful future.

Meet the Director

Tanassa Joseph

Greetings, my name Is Tanassa Joseph. As a diligent advocate for Early Childhood Education over the last 22 years, I consider it an honor and a privilege to be taking on the position of Center Director here at Ivy Kids of Birnham Woods. Taking an early role in public service, I started my path working upward as a young volunteer, servicing St. Luke’s Methodist Church Daycare in 2000, where I first learned the ongoing challenges and skills needed to shape young minds. Having worked as a teacher across the age spectrum, from infants up to school-age students, gaining hands-on experience with different temperaments and tasks, has served me well as I made my way to Director at previous schools.

I currently hold my Early Childhood Education and Small Business Management for Child Care Centers certification and also have the very real-world foundation of being a wife and mother to two amazing children. From there, know that as a team, we will strive to give each student entrusted to our care the same kindness, education, and patience we would give our own. Feel free to stop by my office for a friendly chat and tour of the facilities. Our doors are always open.

Live Web Cam

Ivy Kids is proud to partner with WatchMeGrow’s classroom monitoring program.
You can sign up to see a live stream of your child’s classroom from your smartphone or desktop computer.


Mobile Phone Apps:
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad: please look for the free WatchMeGrow app in the iPhone Apps on the App Store.
For Android Devices: Please look for the free WatchMeGrow app in the Play Store.

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