Little Curious Minds Preschool

Little Curious Minds

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

We currently have a spot available in our 2019 school year.

We are accepting applications for the 2020 school year! Please stop by 465 Lincoln Street and pick up your application today.

About Us

At Little Curious Minds, our developmental basic skills curriculum is integrated with a science-based thematic curriculum. We are a community serve 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. Indidivudal 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 time 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

At Little Curious Minds, our developmental basic skills program is integrated with a science-based thematic curriculum.  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 with 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 enables them to grow as learners.

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 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 e 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.

Program

Little Explorers Pre-K (4-6 years old) 8:15am-12:00pm – 5 days/week $325/month; 3 days/week $195/month & Full Day 8:15-4pm 5 days/week $650/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.

Staffing 

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

Phone: 307-332-1341

Email: sherigroenke@gmail.com