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Travel on I-35 to Exit 113 for 13th Street toward USDA Veterinary Labs. Turn West on 13th Street/220th Street. Follow 13th Street to Dayton Ave. Turn North on Dayton Avenue by the Pizza Ranch. Continue North, past the USDA Veterinary Labs. Eagle?s Loft Early Learning Center is on your left.
  • Ames Child Care Center Address: 2715 Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010
  • Phone: 515-232-8299
  • Hours of Operation: M-F: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep, School Age

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for taking great care of Manford! He is always so hesitant to go to other adults, but he leaps into your arms. He trusts you and feels safe with you. We really appreciate this and it makes leaving him at the center much easier. He is learning so much and is happy in your room."

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Pumpkin exploration and making Pumpkin seeds!

You Will Need:

1 pumpkin Fresh pumpkin seeds Cooking spray Salt or cinnamon Kitchen knife Baking sheet Paper towel Spatula

Directions:

First you open up your pumpkin and allow your children to explore the insides of the pumpkin. This is a fun way to bond every year with your child. After they are finished playing with the pumpkin you have them seperate all the seeds so you can make a tasty treat with them Pumpkin Seeds Step 1:Separate the seeds of a freshly carved pumpkin from the pumpkin guts. Rinse the seeds just until they are free of any pumpkin gut matter. Step 2:Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Step 3:Put the seeds on a paper towel and let them dry for a few minutes. Step 4:Spray a baking sheet with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray. Put the seeds on the baking sheet in a single layer, turning to coat lightly with the spray or the oil. Sprinkle the seeds lightly with salt or cinnamon, if desired. Step 5:Put the baking sheet in the oven. Cook the seeds for 10 to 20 minutes, or until brown and slightly crisp, turning once in the middle of cooking. Allow the seeds to set out for a few to cool down before you eat them.

Tip:

Do not let infants or toddlers eat the seeds, they can explore and paint the pumpkin

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