Programs

Curriculum

Each classroom has qualified early childhood educators who work hard to provide loving and engaging environments for every child. Our curriculum focuses on: literacy, language, mathematics, and social-emotional, physical, and cognitive skills.

Hours:  Monday through Friday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

  • Classrooms for children 0-5 years of age
  • UPK Classroom for 4 year olds
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten through a Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) Community Partnership (add wording about SWVPP)
  • United Way Coalition Center partnership center
  • Polk County ECI partnership center
  • Drake University Early Head Start CCP center
  • 4-star designation through the Quality Ratings System of Iowa

Infant/Toddler Program
We focus on activities that teach the babies and toddlers about themselves, others, their surroundings, and the world outside. Caregivers work with infants and toddlers to develop a trusting relationship that fosters healthy social and emotional development, as well as language acquisition and motor control. Toddlers are encouraged to build on and move toward independence. Problem solving, understanding abstract concepts, toileting, and cooperation are introduced. The child’s language development is a key objective of this level.

Two-Year Old Program
We focus on language in our two-year old classrooms. This program looks at the individual child, and strives to meet his or her needs rather than the child meeting the programs needs. We stimulate both language and cognitive development through the use of puppets and props that motivate and capture the interests of your child. All programs are implemented individually or in small groups.

Preschool Program
The learning program or curriculum in each of our classrooms is based on principles of child development, individualization for each child, and culturally relevant practices. Each classroom is arranged in a variety of learning centers to include blocks, table toys (manipulatives), dramatic play and housekeeping corner, art, science, math, literacy, sensory (sand and water), computer, music and movement, and outdoors. As experiences are planned for children in each of the learning centers, the teachers will take into account each child’s interests, strengths, needs, and family and cultural background.

Individualization of the program for each child is an important aspect of our program. Each child then has an Individual Child’s Plan that includes specific goals and strategies for accomplishing the goals. Individual goals for children are implemented within the daily learning program and supported by the family. Center staff and the parents on an on-going basis review this plan. In addition, the program uses a supplemental literacy curriculum. We understand the importance of early literacy skills and the relation to early school success.

The Second Step Program is used to support the social emotional development of the preschool children.

United Way Partner

As a United Way of Central Iowa Partner, the children in our child development center have access to valuable onsite resources, including: dental exams and fluoride treatments, eye exams, hearing tests, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
We are also part of United Way’s Book Buddy program.

UPK Classroom

Our oldest classroom is a UPK, or SWVPP/Universal Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a program designed to provide voluntary, universal access to high-quality preschool education programs for the state’s 4-year-olds.
We are partnered with the Des Moines Public Schools for this program, and are one of their many community locations.

Nutritious Meals

The provision of nutritious foods contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children. Each day, our child development center provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

In addition, families may access our onsite food and clothing pantry when picking up their children. The pantry provides free groceries to take home.

CCA Non-Discrimination Statement / Equity Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.