Our Story

Inspired by the greater Olu’s mission of holistic service to the people of Minneapolis, we offer a child development experience unlike any other, with environmentally-conscious and intergenerational programs. In October of 2014 Olu’s Beginnings broke ground with the help of numerous local contributions alongside the Community Reinvestment Fund, providing assistance to businesses focused on revitalizing communities throughout the country. Today, we thrive as a North Minneapolis establishment, positively influencing families through education and moral values of our curriculums.

“What better place to create an opportunity for parents and our children.”

Gloria Freeman
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Gloria Freeman, CEO

A believer in giving back to the community, Gloria is defined by her charisma as an entrepreneur, bringing the same attitude and optimism to her work with Olu’s Beginnings. A graduate of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and former insurance underwriter, she now operates 11 Olu’s Homes throughout the Twin Cities as well as Olu’s Beginnings.

Jessica Herod, Director

With over 10 years of experience in social services, Jessica’s passion for teaching inspires her loving and nurturing spirit toward students at Olu’s Beginnings. Carrying a degree in Psychology and numerous certifications in child development, her experience as a mother of three motivates her drive to provide a solid foundation for children.

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