Peggy 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.
Noemi started at UnityPoint Health Child Development Center in 2016. She comes to us from Honduras which is where her Elementary Education Degree comes from. She also has her Child Development Associate. She brings many years of experience with all ages of children. Noemi is bilingual in Spanish and English and speaks some Portuguese.
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.
Tayler is a fun-loving, adventurous member of the preschool team. She has been with us since 2017. She graduated from DMACC majoring in Early Childhood Education. Tayler lives in Pleasantville with her husband and dogs. Teyler loves dogs, kitties and watching her neighbor's horses which just adds to her gentle nature.
Cassie started working in childcare in 2000 while in high school. She continued working in the field as she graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Programming from Iowa State University. In 2009, Cassie received the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Award. 50 Early Childhood teachers across the nation are awarded this honor annually. Cassie enjoys the children's smiles, the excitement of their learning and watching their development. In her free time, she scrapbooks, spends time on the bike trails, going to concerts and keeping her dogs busy.
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 a.m. - Center Opens/Free Play
8:45 a.m. - Breakfast/Brush Teeth/Bathroom
9:00 a.m. - Center/Activities/Group Time
9:15 a.m. - Outside Time/Gym Time
11:30 a.m. - Lunch/Brush Teeth/Bathroom
12:30 p.m. - Nap
2:30 p.m. - Snack/Bathroom
3:00 p.m. - Centers/Activities
3:15 p.m. - Outside Time/Gym Time
5:30 p.m. - Closing and Free Play
Child Care Plan for 3 Year oOds