WELCOME TO CURIOUS KIDS CHILDCARE and PRESCHOOL! 

              I AM HAPPY YOU HAVE COME HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US!

         If you have questions please feel free to call or text Michelle at 641-895-7488


Our Philosophy and Mission Statement

Our goal is to nurture curiosity in children because curious children are always learning. We will purposely teach and enforce good manners, accountability, and service to each other. We will teach and model respect for each other and our environment. We will work with families in teaching children how to contribute to their world not just take away from it. We will care for your child in such a way that not only your child will benefit but also your home and community. We will help students learn to put others before themselves and take responsibility for their actions.

Our Vision Statement

Our families and children will gain experiences and support beyond the scope of regular childcare. This will be done by developing a trusting relationship with our families. Together we hope to grow stronger families and communities.

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NEW INFORMATION!!!!!!!

We are collecting food for our annual donation to The Lord's Cupboard. Please bring your donation in by November 12th. We have 2 boxes. Big Kids and Little kids. The group that collects the most food items will win first choice of party themes for our Thanksgiving Feast 

About once a year, Iowa Child Care Assistance increases its reimbursement rates for child care fees. Since we cannot charge the state more than we charge our personal pay families I only increase some of my rates when the state increases its rates. The state reimbursement rate will increase as of July 1 this year. I will be increasing some of our fees to match the going rate starting September 1, 2021

The increase in rats is as follows, given in half-day rates which is 5 hours, double for a full day, up to 10 hours.

Infants/ Toddlers $21.50

Preschool $18.98

School-age $15

All of our other fees will remain the same, except that the monthly art and activity fee is being removed 

News and Highlights

Our Summer Program is over and we have entered into a new school year! With our summer kids gone we are enrolling new students. We currently have available spots for infants to school-age children. If you need flexibility, a low minimum fee, childcare during breaks, and school closures, Curious Kids is where you need to be. We also have a 3-year-old preschool, we accept Iowa and Missouri childcare assistance, and have you seen our huge playground? For our enrolled families... please help us to serve as many families as possible by letting your child's teacher know when they will be attending. The staff keep track of attendance and arrange their schedules around the number of kids who will be here. If there is space available, we can schedule kids who come a little less frequently to fill available spots. A huge thank you for helping us out there!

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Please Note

Our Preferred way to pay is through Tuition Express, a secure automatic payment system. We can get with you to set this payment option up. We also accept debit and credit card payments at our card reader next to our sign-in computer. A $5 monthly fee will be added to those accounts that continue to pay by cash or check.

 

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Click the About Us tab to the left to read more about our Summer Program, and see our handbook.

 

Please make an appointment or stop by to pick up an enrollment packet and take a tour of our facility. We would love to meet you and show you around. If you need extra enrollment papers you can now print them off here. Just click the About Us/ Program Handbook to the left. Michelle Brooke 641-895-7488

 

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This would be a great time to check into Child Care Assistance, even if you think you don't qualify. Many families qualify for reduced-cost childcare but don't realize it. If you qualify, you could be responsible for only a small portion of your childcare fee. 

Go to http://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/ClientPortal/welcome.aspxto to find out more.

 

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Did you know we are on Facebook? Like our pages, Curious Kids Childcare and Curious 3's. We will occasionally post pictures of our activities, share weather-related information, announce upcoming events and reminders of policies. In general, it is the quickest way for you to stay informed.

 

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Curious Kids is a 5 2 1 0 Healthy Choices Count Registered Site. We ask that families join with us as we encourage our children to:

Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day

Have 2 hours or less screen time each day

Spend 1 hour or more of physical active

Consume 0 sugary drinks, instead drink more water

 

Our Mission

 

  • Our mission is to give quality care to your child and keep hands-on learning a priority.
  • Our goal is to nurture curiosity in our children because curious children are always learning.
  • Prayer will be part of our day, as will Bible study.
  • We will purposely teach and enforce good manners, accountability, and service to the community.
  • We will teach respect to each other and our environment.
  • Field trips will be planned that educate your child about their world and how to contribute to it, not just take away from it.

About our Staff Requirements:

 

There are 7 mandatory pieces of training and record checks each staff member must complete periodically to be employed at Curious Kids:

Criminal History

Abuse Record Check

Mandatory Reporter

First Aid

CPR

Universal Precautions

Essentials Pre-service training

Each Staff member must also complete 6 - 10 additional hours of training in the childcare field annually. FYI The Curious Kids Staff have on average of 40 hours of additional training per year.

 

Curious Kids Has received a Quality Rating of 4 Stars on the Quality Rating System. QRS is a voluntary program that awards DHS licensed childcare providers for providing exemplary service in professional development, health, and safety, environment, family and community, and leadership within childcare. You can find out more about QRS here: http://www.iowaccrr.org or http://www.dhs.iowa.gov.

 

Our Teachers

 

Michelle Brooke is the owner and director of Curious Kids. She is married to Richard Brooke and has one daughter, Abbie Pangburn. She believes that God gave her daughter to help her find a career in education and child care. It wasn't until she was hired as an aide in Abbie's preschool that she discovered a love for teaching young children.

 

Michelle has a Child Development Associate and has earned her National Administrators Credential in July of 2019.

 

Michelle has worked with lower elementary children for 16 years. In those years she has dedicated herself to learning more about helping children with special needs, finding ways to make learning fun, and collecting Bible lessons and other activities to help the children in her care learn and grow morally. Michelle's hobbies include gardening, reading classics, yoga, and being in nature.

 


Our Teachers

 

Veronika Arnold is our aide to all! She will usually be found in the 3-year-old classroom but loves to help out in the infant and toddler rooms also. We have all become better people with the advice she has given. She makes all of us feel special.

 

Sam Nielsen works in our 1-year-old classroom and has taken on the role of assistant director. She also works independently as an aesthetician and enjoys doing make-up for happy events in people's lives. Sam enjoys being able to watch the kids grow and form their own personalities. It's amazing that in less than a year a child can change so much!

 

Faith Ingram is our school-age teacher and my all-over girl. You will likely see Faith in all parts of the Curious Kids building from cleaning duties to cooking and working in all of the classrooms. she will take over the position of assistant director in 2022.

 

Desiree Koll is currently studying to earn her teaching license focusing on developmental disorders. She also works in the Seymour School District as a one on one aide. While working at Curious Kids her goal is to connect with all kids in the hopes of making an impact in their lives. Her hobbies include knitting, crochet. and cross-stitch.

 

Katelyn Hughes is the lead teacher of our 2-year-old room. She loves kids and hopes to continue her education to continue working with children. She has also worked at Homestead and finds that her hobbies now revolve around learning more about the care and education of children

 

Vickie Ingram was the first person I hired when Curious Kids began. She has at least 100 years (lol) experience teaching children and really knows how to make children feel special! Since retiring several years ago she comes back several times a month to allow some of our staff to have time off and to act as a mentor to all.


 Jazmine Lewis is our 3-year-old classroom teacher. She is currently attending IHCC's Early Childhood Education Program.


Our Aides:

Ashley Sarver 3-year-old classroom 

Kaydine Smith Center Floater

Maddi Cox 2-year-old room

Brynn Wells Where needed


I am very proud of all of my staff. This job isn't an easy one and the hours of work and training they have committed to demonstrates their devotion to making Curious Kids a quality childcare center you can be confident in. 

We are very happy to be able to offer child care that is making a difference in our young children's lives. Our families know that while their children are at Curious Kids, they are receiving the best care available. We are here for our families as a connection to help and support, guidance and training.

 

Testimonials

"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Michelle Brooke, her staff, and the Curious Kids program. It is truly a blessing to not only our family but to the community of Centerville to have her here. When my son is there I can be assured that he is safe, he is learning, he is being held accountable for his decisions, and he is loved. Mrs. Brooke has created a wonderful atmosphere of caring and curiosity. If the children are intrigued by something, they study it. They utilize computers, music, and art. They don't just look at pictures to find out what happens to caterpillars, they find one and watch the transformation themselves. In addition to intellectual growth, the children also grow socially and spiritually. They learn how God expects us to treat others and to appreciate our many blessings. They learn to look outside their bubble and be concerned for their neighbor. They learn to value service and to value each other. I am thankful that my son has had the opportunity to be cared for by Mrs. Brooke and I know that he is better because of it."

 

"The Curious Kids program has been an important and beneficial part of my children’s early childhood and beginning school years. My boys enjoy the fun activities and playtime with friends. As a parent, I enjoy the learning of educational skills, computer skills, and social skills that are taught during their time at Curious Kids. Kids learn life skills by helping the community and have many opportunities for field trips and guest speakers. The name of the program says it all; the units studied at Curious Kids have helped my boys love learning and studying new things."