2 year olds / Moonbeams

Julie Horton

Julie Horton - Julie has been part of the staff at the Center since 1995. She is a Grand View University graduate with a degree in Education. Among graduation Julie worked as a nanny for a family in Pleasant Hill for one and a half years. Majority of Julie's time at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines has been serving as a teacher in the 2-year-old area.  She enjoys watching the amazing growth of knowledge and skills at this age level, and working with the 2-year-olds has brought her lots of joy, memories and countless cute stories! Currently Julie lives in Ankeny and is a loyal Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.  She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and training and competing in triathlons.

Emira Napreliac

Emira Napreliac - Emira obtained a CDA through DMACC and NAEYC, and renewed it in 2009. She has 11 years of experience working in childcare. Before Emira joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, she was a preschool assistant teacher for about 10 years. She works as an Assistant Teacher in the 2-year-old classrooms.

Charity Parsons - Charity has been part of the staff at the Center since 1993. She has a CNA in Nursing and her CDA in Early Childhood Education. Charity has worked with all ages, but currently works with the 2-year-olds. She has two school age children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  

Morgan Helle - graduated from DMACC in December 2011 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Morgan has worked with children since her teenage years, caring for children ages birth through 10-years-old. Morgan also loves her puppy, shopping, sports and spending time outdoors.

Kara WilcoxanKara Wilcoxan - Kara is a University of Iowa graduate with a BA in Psychology and Sociology, and a minor in Social Work.  She has nearly 10 years of early childhood education experience and is a teacher with the 2-year-olds.





Julie Wilson - has been with UnityPoint Health Child Development Center since 2013. Julie has 20 years early childhood and child care experience. She has taught in Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin. She has an AA in General Studies, a CDA in Preschool, and most recently a BA in Early Childhood Administration. Julie makes her home in Indianola with husband, Todd. Together they have three children; Nina, Nicolai, and Lilly. They enjoy camping, movies, working in the yard, and traveling.

Things you need to know about the Moonbeams area:

Our caregiver to child ratio is six children to each teacher. There are three Moonbeam rooms. Group size in two of the rooms is two teachers and 12 children, and one room is one teacher and six children. We use the primary caregiver system, so that one teacher is primarily responsible for the care of your child.

Toilet training is an integral part of our curriculum. Daily diaper charts are displayed so that you may check on your child's progress. Short daily information sheets are sent home each day. Our teachers plan learning centers as our primary curriculum, and we continually track the child's development by using portfolios. Portfolios are shared with parents every six months, during move-up conferences and by parent request.

The children will be brushing teeth after breakfast and lunch. The center provides the children with toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The following objectives have been set for this area:

  • To refine each child's self-help skills.
  • To promote socially acceptable behavior and interaction with one another.
  • To introduce beginning academic and social skills using the learning center philosophy.
  • To encourage children to begin to speak in full sentences and follow simple instructions.
  • To identify each child's bathroom needs.
  • To encourage children to begin to construct simple structures, run, hop and kick a ball.

General Schedule for the Day

8:45    Breakfast
9:00    Diapers/Toileting/Teeth Brushing/Learning Centers
10:15  Outside Time/Gym Time
11:30  Lunch
12:00  Toileting/Teeth Brushing
12:30  Naptime
2:45    Snack
3:00    Outside Time/Gym Time
4:30    Learning Centers
5:15    Closing and Free Play

Child Care Plan for 2 year olds