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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 thenturn 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 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.

"Lizzie had a great time in the Toddler Room! I know she can be a bit demanding (ie whenever she does not get her will), but she always loved going to her daycare. Miss Melinda and all the teachers in the Toddler Room have made our lives so much easier, thank you so much!"

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

Float or Sink Bathtime

You Will Need:

Bathtub, 2 buckets or butter tubs, small objects that float (boats, wooden block, bar soap, sponge, plastic containers, etc.), small items that sink (rock, spoon, hair brush or comb, etc.)

Directions:

During bathtime, introduce your child to the buckets/tubs and small objects. Young children will notice that some things float and some sink. Ask your child to put all the things that float in one bucket and all the items that sink into the other.

Tip:

As always, watch for things that have sharp edges or might be choke hazards. Do not use small objects for children under three.


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