Little Curious Minds Preschool

Little Curious Minds

Welcome! Little Curious Minds is a preschool located inside the Lander Children’s Museum.

We are accepting applications for the 2021 school year!

Stop by 465 Lincoln Street to pick up your application or email sherigroenke@gmail.com today.

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. Our 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 facilities small, informal group and individual learning. Teacher-led activities are also scheduled throughout the preschool day to foster large group skills and a sense of community.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me, and I will remember.” – Benjamin Franklin

Our Mission

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 each child’s emotional, social, and academic growth.

Staff

Sheri Groenke, Director & Lead Teacher

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. This coming school year will be my sixth 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 that enable them to grow as learners.

Shaylee Briggs, Teacher Assistant

I recently moved to Lander from Laramie, WY and I grew up in Gillette, WY. I decided to take a semester off of college and plan to return with a possible change in my major at a later date. My favorite activities include anything dealing with the outdoors, especially if it includes fishing.

 

Stefanie Pickerd, Teacher Assistant

I’ve worked around kiddos for the last 4 years but really love preschool kids the most. I love crafts, animals, and yoga. I’m also a registered yoga teacher!

 


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 for children 3-6 years of age and is based on availability. Interest forms may be filled out anytime. 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 emailed or called by 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.

Program

Half-Day (7:30am) 8:00am-12:00pm – 5 days/week $400/month

Full-Day 7:30am-5:15pm 5 days/week $750/month

3 Full-Days + 2 Half-Days $600/month

  • 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.
  • We now offer a summer session for enrolled students who are 3- 6 years of age and fully toilet trained.

Staffing 

Little Curious Minds is licensed as a child care center by the Wyoming Department of Family Services. Child-to-staff ratios for our program will always comply with the Wyoming Child Care licensing rules. Staff-to-child ratios are as follows: [1:10] [2:20] Our maximum group size is 20.

 

Contact Information

Sheri Groenke- Director/Lead Teacher

Email: sherigroenke@gmail.com

Phone: 307-332-1341