It is the goal of the Children's Center to provide a warm, secure environment that promotes a child's unique development. Our program is
child-oriented, meaning we focus on assisting children in learning through play and exploration of their environment. Our lessons are
developmentally appropriate and individualized to support each child's unique development.
We meet the developmental needs of children in our center through indoor/outdoor activities, quiet and active times as well as individual
and group activities. These experiences include music, mathematics, language, science, computer, physical development, and
social interaction. Enhancing each child's self concept during their time in the center is a major goal.
We use an eclectic curriculum, including the Creative Curriculum, a research-based, nationally recognized curriculum designed to meet
the developing needs of each child in our program. Our classrooms include rich and varied learning centers including art, music,
blocks, dramatic play, library, sand, water, and other valuable sensory experiences. We also use ZooPhonics, a wonderfully playful and
integrated curriculum in which children learn and reinforce alphabetic skills through movement, as well as broaden their horizons
through interesting learning experiences.
Bunnies (View Daily Schedule): The two year-old class is taught by Karen Dickson, a 2-decade
veteran of the Children's Center. Karen holds a B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from CSU Ft. Collins. She has a special
affection for the Children's Center as her sons attended the Center while her husband was in college. Karen strives to provide a welcoming,
comfortable and fun learning environment for the two year-olds in her care.
Bears (View Daily Schedule): The three year-old class is taught by Callie Talbott. Callie has a B.A.
from The University of Wyoming and loves working with three year-olds because of their excitement for learning, and forming critical social
Turtles (View Daily Schedule): We are excited to welcome Haley Conaway as the new Turtles Teacher
this year. She will be teaching our four year-old class. Haley holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is a recipient of the
Outstanding Student Teacher in Early Childhood Award from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. She is currently working on her Master's degree in
Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education. She chose to become a teacher at a very young age, and has always had a passion for
working with young children.