Our Staff


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.


Miss Lori

Co Lead Teacher

0-6 months

Wee Ones


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.



Miss Sue

Asst Teacher

0-6 months

Wee Ones


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. 

Miss Danielle


6-12 month

Dream Team 

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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.

Miss Camie


6-12 months

Dream Team


Hello my name is Camie! I currently live in Pleasantville with my two Doberman puppies, Keani and Koda, but I am originally from Indianola. I have 1 year of experience working in a childcare facility, but have been babysitting my nieces and nephews since I was 14 years old. I enjoy working with kids, getting to know each and every one of them, and being a part of helping them learn. And I’m so happy to be a part of the 8 th street family!

Miss Jazmyn



Zoo Crew


Hi, my name is Miss. Jazmyn. This is my first year in a childcare center, but I used to nanny and I have a daughter of my own. I love being able to help kids learn, play, and have fun. I am really looking forward to being able to get to know your children.

Miss Kaylene



Zoo Crew

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My name is Kaylene. I have worked in childcare for 13 years. I love teaching children and watching them learn and grow every day. I love reading. Teaching is my passion. I’m married
to my wonderful husband, Chad. We have two adorable dogs.

Miss Kylee

Teacher - 2's

Bubble Bees


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!

Miss Tanya

Teacher - 2's

Bubble Bees 

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Hi my name is Tanya, I’ve lived in Altoona most of my life. I have 6 kids, youngest is 14, oldest is 29(3 girls, 3 Boys). I’m married 9 yrs. now, we are a blended but blessed family. I’ve been in child care for about 25 yrs. also babysat kids starting when I was 11 yrs. old. I worked here previously & was here for 5 yrs. became a CNA for a bit, then worked at Ankeny Christian Child Care for 7 yrs. and now I’m back. I have 1dog, 3 cats, continental giant bunny, 2 new zeland-flemish giant mixed bunnies and one of my sons have a gecko. I love animals, spending time w/family, and hiking, anything outside, camping and last but not least I’m a Christian and love God! W/out him I would have nothing.

Miss Dakota


2's & younger 


Honey Bees

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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!

Mr Jacob

Teacher older 2's & younder 3's

Honey Bees


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!

Miss Margaret


older 3'S

Wiz Kids


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.


Mr Devon


older 3's

Wiz Kids


My name is Devon Hathcock. I am in my early 20’s and have many goals and aspirations. I am very artistically driven. With this I hope to inspire the children’s creativity and imagination. I hope to develop healthy and productive social skills by encouraging positive team work and collaboration. But mainly I want all my kids to enjoy their time with us at 8th street Child care.

Miss Nicole




Hi, my name is Nicole Carpenter. I have 3 years Child Care experience, with 6 children of my own. My husband and my 6 children and I live outside of Milo, with 1 dog, 2 cats and a bearded dragon. I am currently enrolled for early childhood development classes. I am so excited to be able to be with your children.

Miss Gina

School Age and Breaks


My name is Miss. Gina. I have been at this center since 2016 and prior to that I worked here from 2009-2013. I live in Des Moines with my husband Heriberto and our 5 sons. We also have two dogs named Bonita and Simba. I have been in childcare for 15 years and look forward to helping you and your children learn and grow. I have worked with all ages from newborn to school age and love all ages I have worked with. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know!

Miss Alora

Floater Teacher


My name is Alora Cox, I am goofy and I love working with children. I really don’t talk much at first but I work really well with others. I love art, and music and writing stories. I love playing games with children and using my imagination to entertain them as well. I love making kids smile more than anything.

Miss Evelyn

Float Teacher 


Hi my name is Evelyn and I was born in France. I lived there until I was 12 years old. I have 3 grown boys and 5 grandchildren. I previously worked as a CAN and with mentally challenged people. I enjoy reading and camping in my free time and having my grandchildren over.

Miss Deb

Kitchen Mgr. School Age and Breaks


My name is Ms. Debra. I’ve been recently employed to work at Altoona 8th Street Child Care Center. For many years I worked at many food establishments. I enjoy working with my hands and preparing meals for others. I am down to earth in my way of thinking and may ask questions with peoples likes and dislikes regarding meal preparations. I also like meeting people and
getting to know them.

Miss Michelle




My name is Michelle. I am a new Pre-K teacher at the 8th St. Altoona childcare Center. I like to read and spend time with my family on my free time. My favorite food is Chinese orange chicken. The book I’m reading now is “Find you in the Dark” by Merdith Walters.