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From Highway 30 take the University Blvd exit north. Continuing north, you will travel past Mortensen Pkwy, Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium on your left. Take a right onto SE 16th Street. Travel past the baseball diamonds on your left and turn right into Entrance B of the Veterinary Medicine campus. The ISU Child Care Center @ Vet Med will be on your left.

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Our Infant Program

An exceptional place for your baby to thrive

Our space is built for babies on the move: look for bright mirrors, warm rugs, sensory tables, great books, and baskets filled with soft, natural materials. There are musical instruments, toys for pretend play, safe equipment, and outdoor places to explore. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that our stringent safety, security, and cleanliness standards meet or exceed all state and local guidelines.

Even these youngest of children are encouraged to learn about their world through our individualized curriculum that invites exploration, celebrates each important milestone, and supports the transition from the sensory motor world of infancy to the increasingly social and self-directed world of toddlers.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"You guys are truly amazing! The love and care you give Nessie every day is something we could not be more grateful for. You've all become an extension of our family and we wouldn't have it any other way!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Listening to stories or classical music, one-on-one spoken interaction with caregiver.
  • Math Counts Counting through books, poetry, and songs.
  • Science Rocks Bubble blowing, interacting with nature through walks and outdoor exploration.
  • ArtSmart Finger (or feet) painting, experiences with textiles.
  • Our World Rich connections — via smiles and hugs — with the center community.
  • Well Aware Soft safe places that encourage rolling over, pulling up, crawling, and safely exploring.

Learning at Home

Where is Mr. Lion?

You Will Need:

A stuffed toy

Directions:

Lie on the bed or floor with your baby. Show your baby a stuffed toy and introduce it by saying its name: “Oh, here is Mr. Lion.” Hold Mr. Lion in your hand and have him talk with your baby. Then, hide the toy and to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin,” sing, “Where is Mr. Lion, where is Mr. Lion?” Make the stuffed toy reappear and sing, “Here I am, here I am.” Sing, “How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you. Now run away, run away.” Repeat a few times.

Tip:

Incorporate this activity into one of your routines, like morning or bed time.


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