Meet the Owner

Anila Rahim

Karim and I are proud of the opportunity to build another Ivy Kids. We have two loving girls who keep us young and are our daily reminders of why we do what we do.

I attended London School of Economics and received a Masters in Management of NGOs. Since then, my focus has been on managing non-profit schools and on creating opportunities for young children in impoverished areas.

I am fortunate to have a life partner who shares the love for children and the belief that we can make a difference in the world by taking small steps. We are doing our share by providing a holistic early childhood education to the children of the Cypress Community.

I am looking forward to the day when we will hold reunions for our Ivy Kids graduates and will learn about the impact they are creating in their communities. Some Ivy Kids will go on to become researchers who may find the cure for cancer, some would explore options for human settlements in space, some may use technology to bring hope in the education field for developing countries, some may become lawyers, doctors, teachers, and artists. We want to play our part in helping these kids pursue their dreams with compassion and empathy towards their fellow human beings. This is what drives us each day.

Ivy Kids is the first step in an exciting journey for these young children, and we feel proud and blessed to be part of their journey. Thank you parents for sharing these important years of your child’s life with us at Ivy Kids.

Anila Rahim

Meet the Director

Shondra Grisafi

I am thrilled to be a part of the Ivy Kids Cypress Creek Lakes family! I began my journey with Ivy Kids in 2017 at the Barker Cypress location as their Center Director. I have 20 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education as a Teacher, Program Director, Director of Education, Principal and Center Director. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an Emphasis in Dance. Although my degree is not childcare related, it offered me the path to where I am now- getting to know and care for the families in our community.

I have been happily married to my best friend for 19 years. We have a thirteen year old son, Cade, that attends Anthony Middle School in the 8th grade. Our lives revolve around baseball and football.

As a Center Director, my goal is to make a long-lasting, positive impact for children and parents. I am excited to get to know and love your miracle.

Shondra Grisafi

Meet the Education Director

Erin Turner

I believe every child should have the opportunity to learn in a loving and nurturing environment. For this reason, I chose education as my passion. I have worked in childcare for over three years and I have 10 years of experience in the training & development and management fields. I have a passion for growing and developing our teachers so that they can provide their students with a well-rounded education. I have worked for Ivy Kids Cypress Creek Lakes for almost two years and grown to love our families and staff. I enjoy being a part of their children’s lives and seeing the excitement in the children’s faces when they reach their mile stones.

I am excited to continue my path with Ivy Kids and meet your little ones! I can’t wait to tell you more about our outstanding and unique curriculum program.

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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