Inclusive child care
At Hand in Hand, we encourage discovery, creativity, development and exploration in a safe, secure, relationship-based environment. We believe that children should be allowed to gain confidence as they experience success, regardless of ability.
To meet this objective, we stimulate each child to think, reason, and problem solve in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We strive to acknowledge each child's identity while instilling a sense of respect and appreciation for others.
Each classroom offers a daily schedule with a balance between inside and outside play, active and quiet times, and
teacher led and self-initiated exploration. Hand in Hand uses Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum in each of our early leaning classrooms.
Hand in Hand's integrated child care program is licensed by the State of Iowa and has earned a rating of 5 (of a
possible 5) on the Iowa Quality Rating System. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which ensures participants are served nutritious meals and snacks while in our child care program.
Two classroom teachers serve 8 children ages 6 weeks-20 months in a nurturing, playful environment. Discovery and imagination are encouraged using teacher directed and self-initiated play.
Two classroom teachers serve 10 children ages 20 months-3 years old. Skill acquisition across multiple domains is encouraged using Creative Curriculum.
Three classroom teachers serve 20 children from 3 years old through
pre-kindergarten. Creative Curriculum encourages using play and socialization to help children of all abilities to develop knowledge, skills, initiative, and the ability to regulate behavior and resolve conflicts.