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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.

"We absolutely love Nicole. When Nicole is in the room first thing in the mornings, Jameson is so much more at ease which makes me feel better about leaving him. I appreciate how much she openly cares for the little ones in her care. Thank you Nicole!!"

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.

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Notice and discuss the fractions in your child's world! When eating pizza or a pie, count the pieces of an eight piece pie, 1/8, 2/8, etc. Help your child cut their sandwich in half, fourths, thirds. Discuss with your child what part of the family they are: if you are one of six members of a family, you are 1/6th of the family. Let your child divide the dessert among your family members, i.e. if we have 5 brownies and four people, each person gets 1 and 1/4 of a brownie. Include your child in baking that asks for measurements that require fractions. Some books to read: "The Door Bell Rang" by Pat Hutchinson, "Eating Fractions" by Bruce McMillan, and the "Half Birthday Party" by Charlette Pomeranz.


If your child does not show an interest in fractions, wait until another time.


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