Mrs. Brooke's Curious Kids Programs  -
     Curious Kids



New Handbooks are ready
Links are on the second page, click 'Program Handbook' to the left.  We have a separate handbook for Curious 3's so make sure you click the right one!

Now Enrolling Children for Curious 3's Preschool Skills Class AND!!! Now taking 2 year olds!!!!!

If you have taken enrollment papers, please get them back to us. If you need enrollment papers you can now print them off here. Just click the About Us/ Program Handbook to the left.
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Visit our pages on Facebook! Curious Kids Childcare and Curious 3's
I will be posting Curious Kids pictures and information on Facebook.

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REMINDER: WE PREFER THAT LUNCHABLES NOT BE SENT FOR YOUR CHILDS LUNCH. If you do pack a Lunchable, please also send a piece of fruit and a vegetable.
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 This would be a great time to check into Child Care Assistance. Even if you think you don't qualify, you may be eligible for reduced cost childcare. Go to http://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/ClientPortal/welcome.aspx 

 We accept debit and credit card payments.


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About our Staff Requirements:
 
 There are 6 mandatory trainings and record checks each staff member must complete periodically to be employed at Curious Kids:
Criminal History 
Abuse Record Check
Mandatory Reported
First Aid
CPR
Universal Precautions
 Each Staff member must also complete 6 - 10 additional hours of training in the childcare field annually.

Curious Kids Has received a Quality Rating of 4 Stars on the Quality Rating System is a voluntary program that awards DHS licensed childcares for providing exemplary service in professional development, heath and safety, environment, family and community and leadership within childcare. You can find out more about QRS here: http://www.iowaccrr.org or http://www.dhs.iowa.gov .

 
 Our Mission

  •  Our mission is to give quality care to your child and keep hands on learning a priority.
  • Our goal is to nurture curiosity in our children because curious children are always learning.
  • Prayer will be part of our day, as will Bible study.
  • We will purposely teach and enforce good manners, accountability and service to the community.
  • We will teach respect to each other and our environment.
  •  Field trips will be planned that educate your child about their world and how to contribute to it, not just take away from it.
 
Testimonials   
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Michelle Brooke, her staff, and the Curious Kids program.  It is truly a blessing to not only our family, but to the community of Centerville to have her here. When my son is there I can be assured that he is safe, he is learning, he is being held accountable for his decisions, and he is loved.  Mrs Brooke has created a wonderful atmosphere of caring and curiosity.  If the children are intrigued by something, they study it.  They utilize computers, music, and art.  They don't just look at pictures to find out what happens to caterpillars, they find one and watch the transformation themselves.  In addition to intellectual growth, the children also grow socially and spiritually.  They learn how God expects us to treat others and to appreciate our many blessings. They learn to look outside their bubble and be concerned for their neighbor.  They learn to value service and to value each other.  I am thankful that my son has had the opportunity to be cared for by Mrs. Brooke and I know that he is better because of it."
 
"The Curious Kids program has been an important and beneficial part of my children’s early childhood and beginning school years. My boys enjoy the fun activities and playtime with friends. As a parent, I enjoy the learning of educational skills, computer skills, and social skills that are taught during their time at Curious Kids. Kids learn life skills by helping the community and have many opportunities for field trips and guest speakers. The name of the program says it all; the units studied at Curious Kids have helped my boys love learning and studying new things." 
 
Our Teachers
 
Michelle Brooke is the owner and director of Curious Kids. She is married to Richard Brooke and has one daughter, Abbie Pangburn. She believes that God gave her her daughter to help her find a career in education and child care. It wasn't until she was hired as an aide in Abbie's preschool that she discovered a love for teaching young children.
 
Michelle has worked with lower elementary children for 10 years. In those years she has dedicated herself to learning more about helping children with special needs, finding ways to make learning fun and collecting Bible lessons and other activities to help the children in her care learn and grow morally.  Michelle's hobbies include gardening, reading classics, yoga and photography and being in nature.
 
 Tracey Rodriguez Tracey has 18 years experience working with preschoolers and school aged children. She earned her para educator degree while working in the  Chicago area with migrant children. Tracey has experience and training with children with Autism.

 Rachael Reeves Rachael has experience working with children at kids church and is very excited to pursue a career in education.

Bailey Clark Bailey is a high school student. She is involved in  cheerleader and dance. She is excited to learn more about child development and hopes to become a teacher after graduation.
 
 Kim Butler Kim was one of my first after school students when the St. Mary's After School Program started. Kim will be filling in as a sub and working over the summer. She will begin to earn her degree in education this fall! 

Shilah Cash has been a great addition to Curious Kids, she comes to us with 10 years of in home child care experience. 

Sheridan Klinginsmith is our newest staff member. Sher is interested in becoming a teacher and is out #1 homework helper!
 
 
 We are very happy to be able to offer  child care that is making a difference in our young children's lives. Our families  know that while their children are at Curious Kids, they are receiving the best care available with life lessons as a bonus. 
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