Age Groups & Development

18 Months – Two Year Olds: Creative Kids believes two year olds develop cognitively when they have many opportunities to explore the world around them. Interacting with others as well as play contributes to their development. The Creative Curriculum for Toddlers and Twos gives our staff the basis for planning daily activities that are the key to the learning within our two year old room.

Three Year Olds: Three year olds are in transition. They have a newfound ability to express themselves in words and ideas. Three year olds often “test their boundaries” as they become more independent. Activities that support their constantly increasing language skills are important at this age. Creative Curriculum assists our staff in planning these activities.

Pre Kindergarten: This is an important year as children prepare for kindergarten. We utilize Creative Curriculum to help your children with the academics that are necessary for kindergarten readiness.  In addition, we focus on social and emotional development for your children and encourage independence through the use of self-help skills. Our staff for this age group has over eighteen years of experience in preparing children for Kindergarten.

School Agers: School age children are very busy people! Creative Kids provides transportation to and from all Ankeny public schools. After school each day, school agers are offered a healthy snack and can choose from a variety of fun, educational activities. During the summer and on school breaks, field trips and special projects are planned. We do have a quiet room for homework or reading upon the child or parent’s request.

Creative Kids Staff

Shelley Huss, Owner/Director
BA Elementary Education from Central College
Center Director in Ankeny for over 30 years

National Administrator's Credential Led center and staff to accreditation by National Association for the Education of Young Children during time as the Center Director
Lisa Schweitzer, Assistant Director
Attended DMACC Early Childhood Program
Over 20 years of early childhood teaching and administrative experience
Lead Teachers of all programs
At Creative Kids, all Lead Teachers must have an Associates degree, four year degree or some time spent post secondary learning. Many different college degrees can be useful in an early childhood environment. Most of our lead teachers have been with the center for five years or longer. 

The staff hired to maintain ratio and assist the lead teachers must be 18 years old, or older, at Creative Kids. 
Creative Kids follows Iowa Department of Human Services guidelines when screening new applicants and maintains up to date training requirements for all staff. Mandatory Reporting, CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions training are required for all staff.