Welcome!

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
Please stop by 465 Lincoln Street and pick up your application today!
Little Curious Minds is located inside of the Lander Children’s Museum.

ABOUT US

At Little Curious Minds, our developmental basic skills curriculum is integrated with a science-based thematic curriculum. We are a community service through the Lander Children’s Museum. The setting is designed to awaken your child’s love for learning with daily hands-on experiences that develop the skills needed to build self-confidence and experience success. Individual and group activities are designed to meet each child’s learning needs. We have a combination of child-directed and teacher-led activities. Child-directed play and activity times stimulate development through creative play choices. We prepare the environment for children to learn through exploration, interaction with adults, other children, and materials. We have a hands-on learning environment that fosters exploration and discovery and facilitates small, informal group and individual learning. Teacher-led activities are also scheduled throughout the preschool time to foster large group skills and a sense of community.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me, and I remember.

Involve me, and I learn.”

 

Benjamin Franklin

OUR MISSION…

is to provide a developmentally appropriate early childhood education for our community through an enriched environment that stimulates curiosity, exploration, discovery, and learning, while nurturing the child’s emotional, social and academic growth.

 

STAFF

 

 

Lead Teacher/Director- Sheri Groenke

I hold my teacher certification from Grand Valley State University. I graduated with a BA in psychology with an emphasis in special education and a minor in elementary education. I taught in special education for 10 years before moving to Wyoming. My family and I have been living in Fremont County for six years and in Lander for four years now. This coming school year will be my third year as the lead teacher for Little Curious Minds.

Philosophy

My goal is to provide creative, hands-on activities for children to experience learning.  I hold high expectations for all students in both academics and behavior. I strive to make a difference in students’ lives academically, emotionally, and socially by building relationships that foster confidence and enable them to grow as learners.

Program:

Little Explorers Pre-K (3-6 years old): 8:15am – 12:00pm

Parent Involvement

Families are encouraged to share hobbies, talents, and jobs with our students. This helps us broaden our understanding of the world around us!

 

Enrollment & Tuition

Admission to Little Curious Minds is based on availability. Interest forms may be filled out at any time. This puts your child on the waiting list for their school year. Priority will be given to siblings of currently enrolled children. Otherwise, individuals will be placed on the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Students’ families will be called in March prior to their school year of interest. Little Curious Minds does not discriminate against any race, religion, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation. Due to licensing, we do require children to be fully toilet trained.

 

Little Explorers Pre-K (4-6 years old): 5days/week- $325/month ; 3 days/week – $195

* A non-refundable $75.00 registration fee is required with each enrollment application.

* Tuition is due prior to the first day of class in August and then by the first day of class each month

October- May.

* We follow the Lander Public School District calendar for all breaks and days off.

 

Staffing

Little Curious Minds is licensed as a family child care by the Wyoming Department of Family Services. Child to staff ratios for our programs will always comply with the Wyoming child care licensing rules. Staff to child ratios are as follows:

Little Explorers Pre-K Program : [ 1:12 ] , [ 2:15 ]

Our Maximum Group Size is 15.

*We always have an extra set of eyes and ears available from Lander Children’s Museum staff who have had all necessary background checks and education necessary to supervise children as classroom aides when children are using the restroom and are active in the museum.

 

Contact Information

Sheri Groenke- Lead Teacher/Director

sherigroenke@gmail.com

(307)- 332- 1341