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 16 years, and worked with children for over 25 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 Kalea. I’m new to child care but I have spent a lot of time teaching kids in my home schooling group where they keep telling me I need to work in child care. So here I am. I am looking so forward to getting to know your kids and your families. I live in Altoona with my two boys. I’ve volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house as well as Mercy NICU. And now I get to share my love of kids with you.
Hello. My name is Miss Yolanda. I have been with Altoona 8th Street since April 2018. I live in Altoona with my son. I am new to working with children, but I am loving it. I love their energy and getting to see each of their personalities and how amazingly smart they truly are. I am
looking forward to getting to know them better and learning more about how to teach them and help them learn and prepare for their next stage in life. Thank you for sharing them with me as we learn together.
Hi, my name is Kalie. I have worked with children for 7+ years. I operated my own in-home child care for 3 years. Prior to that I was a nanny for 3 kids with special needs. I have also worked in two other child care settings. I live in Altoona with my son Emerson. I plan to further my education in 2020 and I am excited to get to know each of you and your children!
My name is Miss Christina. I live in Colfax, Iowa with my new husband as of October 26th, 2019 and my two boys. I am a Nurse, but I plan on furthering my education in Child Care. I went to Altoona 8th Street when I was kid as well so it brings back a lot of memories. I will be in the Zoo Crew room. I enjoy this age group watching them as they learn new stuff and grow. I do have experience with children, but I am new with Child Care. I am so excited to meet your children and get to know them and connect. I am so excited to begin my journey and be a part of the Altoona 8th Street family. I just want to say Thank You for trust me to take care of your little ones and can’t wait to meet you all.
Lead Teacher 2's
Hi, my name is Missy, I’m just coming back to Altoona 8th Street. I worked here previously, for about 2 years, also in Bumble Bees. Since then I’ve been working from home doing childcare and caring for my grandchildren. Now I’m so happy to be back at Altoona 8th Street. This is the place that feels like home to me. I can’t wait to get to know your children and get back into the groove of things at 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 plan 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!
Float 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
older 2's & youger 3's
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.
older 2's & youger 3's
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.
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.
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.
Pre-K, Supervisor, Training Coordinator
My name is Miss Janet and I have been with Altoona 8th Street Child care since September of 2014, and I work with the 4 and 5 year olds, and I currently live in Des Moines. I have been teacher for over 18 years and have my associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. I recently made the change at 8th Street from working with the 3 year olds to working with the 4’s and 5’s getting them ready for kindergarten. I’m very excited for this new challenge. These kids are such a joy to be around. There is nothing I would rather be doing for a living than working with kids.
Asst Teacher Pre-K
I’m Miss Anna and I have been with Altoona 8th Street since July of 2018. Though I may be new to Altoona 8th Street, I have been working in child care for many years. I am very happy to share my passion for working with children and my experience with your children here at Altoona 8th Street. I live in Des Moines with my husband. I am looking forward to making Altoona 8th Street my new permanent home away from home. Thank you for sharing your children with me.
My name is Kendra Young. I grew up in Mingo Iowa and graduated from Colfax - Mingo Schools. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from DMACC. I worked as a lead teacher for the 4 year olds at my old day care. I am now currently working at my former high school as a paraprofessional. I will be working with the school age kids. I am very excited to work with this age group because they has such a great energy about them. They are always on the go and wanting to learn something new. I can't wait to work with them and learn new things with them.
Hi, I’m Miss Jerica. I have been with Altoona 8th Street since June of 2017. I live in Mitchellville with my husband and our children and 2 of our grandchildren. I work part time and help cover for teachers breaks. I love this position as it lets me work with all of the age groups we care for and I get to spend time with all of the kids. Thank you for sharing your children with me.
My name is Miss Shawneesha. I prefer to be called Neesha. I have a 2 year-old son and a 4 month-old daughter. I have always had a passion for working with children. My favorite thing about working with children is getting to know each child individually and learning their personality. I also look forward to meeting all of the parents. I believe a clean environment is a healthy environment. My hobbies are dancing and singing, and teaching my kids new things every week. My long term goal is to have a career in the medical field or with children.
Hi! I’m Miss Dana and I am currently attending DMACC for my Early Childhood Education degree and plan to transfer to ISU or UIU to obtain my bachelor’s degree. My experience with children includes currently raising my own three children and being a former Girl Scout troop leader. Children are my passion and I love every age for different reasons. Seeing children learn and grow is so fulfilling and I’m happy to be a part of your child’s life.
Breaks & Floater
Hi my name is Miss Sydney, I grew up in Altoona and recently graduated from the University of Iowa. I have worked with and been around kids my whole life, as my mom did home child care and I nannied throughout high school and college. I enjoy being around kids as they bring great happiness to all. I am eager to help them learn and grow and I thank you for trusting me to take care of your little ones!
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. 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!