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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 Preschool Program

Engaging children intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially

Our preschool classrooms focus on children’s newly emerging skills and advanced use of language, math, and scientific thought. Multi-disciplinary learning centers encourage individual skills and emerging interests in academics, creative expression, and outdoor learning.

Our curriculum stimulates each child’s innate curiosity and exploratory nature to prepare children for lifelong learning. Children move to elementary school socially prepared, excited to learn, and well versed in the language, math, and science skills they’ll need to succeed. .

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"James loves coming to school (even on the days when he is slow coming into the classroom), and talks about the students and teachers even while at home. During the weekends he will often tell us "I'm going to tell Miss Sarah when I get to school!" when he does something exciting. Thank you!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Talking, questioning, beginning to write and identify letters and numbers.
  • Math Counts Counting, sequencing, developing 1-to-1 correspondence.
  • Science Rocks Examining, comparing, planting, and caring for gardens.
  • ArtSmart Drawing, brush painting, exploring music, dance, and dramatic arts.
  • Our World Appreciating diversity, becoming environmentally conscious.
  • Well Aware Taking part in exercise and yoga, preparing and eating healthy foods.

Learning at Home

Beach in a Bottle

You Will Need:

A trip to the beach, lake or creek, and supplies: plastic bottle, super glue, permanent marker, and a label

Directions:

Have your child fill the bottle with sand and water from the beach, along with his favorite sea shells or small pieces of driftwood. Seal the top using super glue (keep the glue out of your child’s reach and let the bottle dry before using it with him). Label with the date and location of your outing.

Tip:

At the beach, enjoy searching for “just the right” seashells. Ask your child, “Will a large one fit in your bottle?”; “How many do we need?”;  “Could a fish live in your bottle?”; “How much sand do we need?”; “Where does the sand come from?”; “Is the sand the same at all beaches?”

Try to stay away from seaweed and other living plants, since they are perishable and will rot after a while. Or, set the expectation that you’ll have a “throw-away” bottle that can only be used for a set amount of time.


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