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Apple Tree Children's Center (Nw 86th Street)

3054 Nw 86th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

(515) 270-1426


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our schools capture the essence of the home setting for children. Our purpose is to provide children with the same type and quality of experience that they have at home and to enhance those experiences by capitalizing on the child's remarkable receptivity to new learning. In doing so each child's uniqueness is taken into consideration, as they are loved, cared for, cuddled, and stimulated to grow and learn.
We know that no one has more information or knowledge about a child than his or her own parents. Therefore, families are a critical part of the teaching team. We take great care in gathering data about each child's temperament, schedule and preferences. With this data, teachers plan each child's day to ensure that individual needs are met and that each child is encouraged to grow and learn at their own pace and interest. Communication is a vital part of our relationship with parents.
Our program is designed to gently stimulate children to reach their full potential and to approach each developmental milestone with enthusiasm, persistence, and joy. Our job is to make sure that each child has numerous successful experiences every day to foster a positive self-concept and to ensure a lifelong love of learning.
We believe our teachers need to know and understand how children grow and learn. When teachers know developmental growth patterns, they can anticipate developmental needs and create environments and activities that encourage emergent skills without frustration, fear or failure.
To accomplish these goals, we have established a people-oriented organization. We hire the best teachers and train them thoroughly before they assume the full responsibility for teaching. Our philosophy is built on valuing each and every employee's contribution. We continue to facilitate professional growth by careful and constant supervision, ongoing training, and regular evaluation. We are … The Early Education Professionals!
Excerpted from the preschool's website