Three-year-olds / Fireflies

Peggy Cokely

Peggy Cokely - has been part of the staff at the Center since 2010. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Child Development. She has many years of experience working with infants through school age children. Peggy has also worked with special education classes and has served as a center director. Peggy currently lives in Clive and has two children.  

  Zennie Huff - Zennie first started at the Center in March 2011. She is currently working as a Teacher Assistant in the Firefly area.  She has her Certificate of Specialization in Early Childhood Education from DMACC. She lives with her husband, Jack and enjoys sewing and singing in her spare time. Zennie spends her free time "Facebooking "with her family in the Philippines and Hong Kong. She works M, T, TH, And F.

 Rhonda Leslie Rhonda Leslie - has her AS in Early Childhood Education from Des Moines Area Community College.  She has had years of experience working with all ages of children including being an assistant director, and owner/director.  She enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and friends during the summer months and spending time with her children whenever she has free time.

 Autumn Larson - Autumn started at the Center in March 2014 and works in the Firefly area. She comes to us with her B.A. degree in Child, Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University.  She is also a Certified Child Life Specialist. She and her husband live in Jamaica, IA and she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for walks and being around children. She works M, T, W, & F, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

  Abby Wetzel - Abby started at the Center in July 2015 and is currently working in the Firefly area.  She comes to us with her Early Childhood Education degree from DMACC. Her experience is working with infant and toddlers and being a nanny for a family of 6 children. Abby will be getting married in April 2016.  She works M, W, TH, & F 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Things you need to know about the Fireflies area:

Our child to staff ratio is one adult for every eight children. There are two rooms in the area and the group size in each room is two teachers with 16 children.

During meal times, the children begin to serve themselves family style, rather than having everything served to them. Fireflies become fully independent in the bathroom and are supervised, but no bathroom charts are recorded. Fireflies brush teeth after breakfast and lunch.

We use learning centers in our curriculum and continue to track children's development using the portfolio system. 

The following objectives have been set for this area:

  • Play well in groups, using words to verbalize feelings, keeping hands and feet to ourselves, especially during group time and stories.
  • Making a choice when asked.
  • Put on own socks and shoes and dress themselves by putting on a coat, shirt, etc.
  • Toileting skills are mastered.
  • Physical skills including hopping, riding a trike and throwing and catching a ball.
  • Children are also introduced to tracing, stencils and working with scissors to further develop fine motor skills.
  • Intellectually, we work on colors, shapes, counting as well as introducing numbers and letters.
  • Ability to answer open-ended questions and expand upon story-telling. 

General Schedule for the Day

6:00    Center Opens/Free Play
8:45    Breakfast/Brush Teeth/Bathroom
9:00    Center/Activities/Group Time
9:15    Outside Time/Gym Time
11:30  Lunch/Brush Teeth/Bathroom
12:30  Naptime
2:30    Snack/Bathroom
3:00    Centers/Activities
3:15    Outside Time/Gym Time
5:30    Closing and Free Play

Child Care Plan for 3 year olds