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Creative Beginnings is a child care center in Davenport that is licensed for 63 children ages 6 weeks through age 10. Our purpose is to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment with lots of hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. Our qualified and trained staff work together with the families we serve to encourage children as they develop in independence and responsibility, and as thy grow socially and emotionally. As a participant in Iowa’s Quality Rating System (QRS) a voluntary program that recognizes child care centers for their commitment to quality. Creative Beginnings holds 4 stars in a 5 star system.
Contact: Rhonda Eckhart, Owner/Director
(563) 355-2329 or
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Discovery Learning Center’s Mission is to provide quality childcare and give children the intellectual, emotional, and social skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Our philosophy is that children develop best when they are provided an environment that keeps them safe and gives them opportunities to learn through exploration. Discovery Learning Center opened in Eldridge on September 22, 2014. We care for children from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. For school age children, we offer before and after school programs, including transportation to and from area schools and preschool programs. Our Program focuses on individualized education and the social needs of each child. We believe that children learn the best when they are actively involved in activities that encourage creativity, as well the ability to develop critical thinking skills and coordination
Contact: Cherrie Claeys, Director
(563) 285-7212 or
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Immanuel Lutheran Preschool’s mission is to provide a quality preschool and childcare experience, preparing all children with school readiness in a loving Christian environment. We have a nondiscriminatory policy which admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. Immanuel Lutheran Preschool is located within Immanuel Lutheran Church at 3834 Rockingham Road in Davenport, Iowa. We have operated as a preschool for children ages 3 through 5 for the past twenty years and will begin offering all-day yearlong child care on August 24, 2015. We use The Creative Curriculum®, which is based in theories and research from the early child field and provides a wide range of strategies for child-initiated and teacher- directed learning.
Contact: Kathy Yaudas, Director
(563) 324-8899 or
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Quad City Montessori School is committed to providing the environment and resources for children to develop lifelong learning skills. Since forming in 1969, hundreds of children have received high-quality, preschool education in a unique, child-centered learning environment. While functioning mainly as a school, we offer full day services as well as summer sessions for children ages 2 through 6. QCMS subscribes to the Montessori philosophy, which states that young children learn best through using all their senses and by having freedom of movement and choice in what and how they learn. Children in Montessori classes are encouraged to explore and increase their knowledge through the use of both self-initiated and teacher created experiences
Contact: Elizabeth Bouslough, Director
(563) 355-1289 or
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Share and Care Christian Preschool is located in Northern Scott County in an unincorporated community called Park View. Housed in Park View Lutheran Church, Share and Care provides part-time preschool for ages 3 through 5. Our mission is to offer a loving, caring, Christian environment for a child’s first experience. We encourage parent involvement and strive to nurture and encourage each child to grown spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Share and Care is very proud to have recently achieved a Level 4 in the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS). QRS is a program to help all childcare and preschools measure themselves to reach a higher quality of service they provide the children and families in their centers.
Contact: Denise Weiss, Director
563) 285-7111 or
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The Tiny Tots Learning Center is a new child care center located in Davenport. Opening in October 2014 the center is licensed for 96 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Tiny Tots is the Quad Cities’ only extended-hour child care program, offering options for parents who work second shift hours and Saturdays. Transportation is provided using a 15 passenger van; this allows Tiny Tots to provide before and after school care for children enrolled in 6 different local schools. Our mission is to strive to provide safe, nurturing and quality care to all of our children. We believe that children learn each and every day with support from our learning-based curriculum.
Contact: Dionte McMath, Owner/Director
(563) 650-4110 or