Our teachers are dedicated to making sure your child is safe and well cared for while they are in our care, but that is just the beginning. Our goal for each child is to teach them to love to learn. This is a key component in any child's success as they begin their academic career. We do this by using many different techniques starting in infancy. We teach through games, songs, finger plays and many different activities. We also use the world around them and their own interests to spur their curiosity and encourage them to ask questions. We also use art opportunities to encourage each child to use their own limitless imagination and individuality.
Our full time teachers take upwards of 30 hours of training every year as well as having a wealth of experience in working with young children and infants. We are a state licensed facility. However, the state minimum requirements for child care do not do much to encourage truly high quality child care or education for children in child care. With that in mind, we also participate in the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS), and are proud to be a 5 Star QRS rated child care center. The guidelines for QRS are much more stringent and there are more resources made available for us to attain those key components to high quality child care. We are proud to work with the QRS program and know you can see the constant strive towards excellence which comes from working with them.
Employees are required to submit to a background and criminal records check. Once they have been hired our employees are required to obtain CPR, First Aid, Blood Bourne Pathogens, and Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse training within their first 6 months of employment. Teachers are also required to obtain at least 20 hours of Child Development related training each year.
Our teachers plan lessons according to the needs of the classroom. They base their lessons on the Creative Curriculum Standards which is a research based curriculum.
Lead Teachers assess each child's progress several times while they are in their classroom and will collect samples of your child's work and place them in a portfolio. This portfolio will include items such as observation records, samples of creative art work, photos of your child participating in learning activities, and other useful tools for assessing your child. These are shared with parents twice each year in November and April. When your child moves to the next classroom the portfolio will move with them so that the assessments can continue and your child’s progress can be seen over the time that they are enrolled in our program. Once your child “graduates” from our Preschool Program his/her portfolio will be sent home along with his Preschool Diploma. (Due to the volume of work that is produced in each classroom, you may receive a portfolio after the child completes the 3 year old room and then again upon graduation.)
You may request a conference with your child’s teacher or the Director at anytime to discuss any concerns or issues you may have with your child’s progress, behavior, or the things that are happening in the classroom.
Co Lead Teacher
My name is Miss Lori and I work in the Wee Ones room and I have been here at Altoona 8th Street Child Care for over 17 years, and worked with children for over 26 yrs. I have worked with infants for over 18 yrs. Some training I've had include Creative Curriculum, PITC training, and SIDS training, just to name a few.
I have been married since 1977 and have 2 grown children and 2 beautiful granddaughters. I have lived in the Des Moines area my entire life, and in just the last couple of years have now moved into Altoona.
I have been with Altoona 8th Street since January 2016 and I am new to child care. I started out working with the 3’s and I loved their energy, but I have found my passion working with the infants. I love their laughs and their smiles. Thank you for sharing your children with me and letting me be a part of watching them grow.
Hi my name is Miss. Danielle, I live in Altoona with my super hyperactive cat and 2 guinea pigs, who are all loved. I have been working in Childcare for just about a year. I love being able to watch the kids learn and grow. I look forward to helping and watching them grow, and getting to know all of them.
Hi my name is Miss.Brenna, I live in Altoona with my Boxer/Labrador Retriever and a cat. I am 20 years old. My favorite color is purple. I have 2 nieces and a nephew. I Graduated from SEP. My mom did In-home daycare for 22 years and I learned a lot from her. I loved being around all the
kids and helping assist my Mom. I was babysitting by age 10. I knew at an early age I wanted to work with children. I also have worked in child care for over a year. I can’t wait to help your
children learn and watch them grow!
Hello, my name is Miss Sam. I moved to Altoona in February and recently started at Altoona 8th St. I have been working with children for the past 4 years and I love it. I have worked with every age from infants to school age. I am very excited to get this opportunity to work with the 3 year olds and help them grow and learn more and more each day. I first got interest in working with kids when I went to college at UNI and had my first job working in the infant room on campus. I absolutely fell in love with it and haven’t seen myself doing anything not involving kids since. I am planning on going back to school for more education and get a degree in Child Development.
My name is Miss Adrianna. I’ve worked in child care for over a year. I have also worked as a babysitter for many friends and family members. I have 2 dogs of my own, and they are and handful, but they are my babies for now. I love working with children because to me, they are better than adults. I want your child to be happy and excited to come to my classroom. I can’t wait to see all their personalities.
Teacher for 2's & Supervisor for Toddlers & 2's
Hi, my name is Miss Marisa. I live in Altoona with my 2 sons, and I am expecting twins. That will be quite an adventure. I’ve worked in child care for about a year. I started at Altoona 8th Street in September of 2019 working as the floater/supervisor between the Zoo Crew and Bumble Bees classrooms. I love this age group and I am so happy to be a part of the Altoona 8th Street
My Name is Miss Dakota and I have been at 8th Street Childcare since July of 2019 but first discovered my love for Early Childhood Education In 2017. I have been a floater, Assistant Teacher and Lead Teacher since then. My Fiancé, our Scottish terrier, Skeeter, and I moved to Des Moines in December of 2018. I obtained my CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) in 2018 and started to further my education in 2020!
My Favorite part about working with children is helping them hit their milestones and watching them soak up new information each day. I honestly believe is this is one of the most rewarding professions. I’m so excited to be able to work with your children and prepare them for their future!
Toddlers & 2's
Hi my name is MaeLynn. I live in Colfax with my family. I love working with children, watching them learn and grow. I am very passionate about working with children. I am very excited to watch the children learn new thing, and I look forward to working with your children and getting to know them.
Teacher older 2's & younder 3's
Hello , my name is Mr. Jacob, and I've been working in childcare for two years! I've enjoyed working with children ever since I can remember, and I'm excited to be here at Altoona 8th Street Child Care. I'm very much looking forward to showing the kids all the unique and wonderful parts of the world we live in!
older 2's & youger 3's
Hi, My name is Miss Lexie and I have worked in childcare for over a year! I am very excited to start here at Altoona 8th street childcare! My favorite part about working with children is their energy and their excitement to learn new things! I can't wait to help your children learn
Hi, I’m Miss Morgan. I am going to school for social services as well as working to earn my CDA (Child Development Associate’s Credential). I have been at Altoona 8th Street Child Care since May of 2016. I’ve worked in several different rooms but I think I’m settled now into the Zoo Crew. I am really enjoying working with children and I am loving how much they keep me on my toes. Thank you very much for sharing them with me here at Altoona 8th Street.
Hello, my name is Miss Shelbie. I live here in Altoona with my children and my fiancé. I started here in 2016 but I brought my children to this center long before I started working here and I am so excited to now be part of the family at 8th Street. I love working with the 3’s. I look forward to coming to work every day and I can’t wait to get to know your children better.
Hi, my name is Berticianna, but you can call me Tee Tee. I just graduated the year of 2020!! I worked at an in home day care, starting back in 2011. I love all the kids that are in our care unconditionally. I enjoy my job and seeing the kids.
Hello, my name is Ciciley Gunn and I am super excited to work here at Altoona 8th St. Child Care. I am 18 years old, just recently graduated from Saydel High. I will be attending Drake University, majoring in Law & minoring in Psychology. Due to Covid I took a “gap year”. I look forward to getting to know all of you!
Floater for 3 & 4 year olds and Pre-K
My name is Miss Margaret and I have been working at Altoona 8th Street Child Care since October 2013. I have actually worked in child care for over 27 years and have a one year degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a passion for working with the younger children. I live in Luther with my husband and 3 children.
School Age and Breaks
Hi my name is Miss Gina. I worked at this center 2009-2012 came back November 2016 and I am so excited to be back. I have worked at a few other centers and other jobs since then and nothing else felt right. I have missed being part of this center. I live in Des Moines with my husband and our 4 boys and it just feels right being back at 8th Street. I love the age group I’m working with and I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Please feel free to come talk with me if you ever have any questions or concerns. I’m here to help.
Hello my name is Kylee, I live in Prairie City, with my husband, my son, my 3 cats & my dog. I look forward to teaching the kids & learning from them as well!
Kitchen Mgr. School Age and Breaks
Hi, my name is Miss Lynnette. I live in Des Moines with my dog Missy. I have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren. I have worked here at Altoona 8th Street before, for a total of about 2 years, and I am so happy to be back as of August 2019. This time I am working as the Kitchen Manager and the School Kids teacher for before and after school and I am loving every minute of it!