Infants / Tinkerbells

 

Kim Dupuy -  attended Upper Iowa University where she studied Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood education, special education and reading. Kim loves working with children and has done so for the past 24 years. She has also worked in a variety of different positions including teacher associate, teacher and director.  Currently Kim lives in DeSoto with her husband Doug, daughter Zoe, and their dog Maggie. She also has two grown children, Grant and Lauren, and grandson, Kaden. In her spare time Kim enjoys spending time with family, reading and cheering for the Hawkeyes. 


Joy Gappa -  has worked in childcare since she was a high school senior. After graduating from DMACC with an AA degree in early childhood education, she started at the Child Development Center. Joy has three grown children, one grandson and two granddaughters.


Jennifer Gibson - is a 2006 graduate of Grand View University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She served as a toddler teacher at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines two years and has recently joined the infant team. Previously she was an onsite supervisor at another daycare for two years, and has worked with ages two through elementary school children at child development centers.  Jennifer also served as a substitute teacher for two years teaching preschool through third grade, including special education.  Jennifer lives in West Des Moines with her husband Mitch and son.  She enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with family, scrapbooking and working with children.



  Ann Ryan - Lead Teacher - earned her elementary education degree from Iowa State. She has experience working with children 6-weeks old to 18-years-old. The majority of her experience is with infants and 2-year-olds. She has worked for the center since September 2000.


 Shanda Walker - received her early childhood education degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. She has 12 years experience working with infants and toddlers. Shanda has been working with the center since September 2010. She lives in Grimes with her daughter.


Nancy Coons - has worked at the Center for more than 20 years and has worked with infants the entire time. Nancy received her Child Development degree from DMACC, and before joining UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Nancy did 23 years of home daycare, while raising her four children. During her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her nine grandchildren, mentoring, reading and walking daily.


Vicki Hollingshead - began her career at the UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Child Development Center in 1989. Vicki originally taught in Toddlers but now teaches in infants. Before UnityPoint Health, Vicki provided home daycare and worked out in the community. Vicki and her husband, Jeff, enjoy spending time outside with their dogs.

Things you need to know about the Infant area:

We care for children approximately 6-weeks of age to 12 months. Each child is assigned to a primary caregiver that is responsible for the child's specific needs on a daily basis. Child to staff ratio in the infant area is one caregiver for every four children. There are four rooms of infants. Group size in each room is one teacher and four children or two teachers and eight children. Children are cared for on an individual basis and their personal schedules are followed. Infants are taken outside as weather permits.  

Parents need to bring their own diapers, wipes, ointments, formula, bottle liners and extra clothing for their infant. The center provides one brand of formula, bottles, bibs, spoons and blankets.

Ongoing assessment of the children is done by observing and recording children's work and developmental progress. This collection of a child's work, called a portfolio, documents the child's progress and facilitates planning for each child. It is shared with parents every six months and again during conferences before your child moves up to the next age group.

 The following objectives have been set for this area:

  • To meet the individual needs of each child and have excellent communication between staff and parents on a daily basis.
  • To present a happy, fun, safe, and stimulating environment for each child.
  • To promote interaction between children and to promote their social, physical, and emotional growth and development.

General Schedule for the Day

We follow each child's individual schedule, but do have an approximate mealtime if your child is on table food.

Breakfast - 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Lunch - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Snack - 3 p.m.

Child Care Plan for Infants