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 2021-2022 school year!

Stop by 465 Lincoln Street to pick up your application or email landerchildrensmuseum@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

Cynthia “Cindy” Coyne, Lead Teacher

Cindy moved to Wyoming over 10 years ago to teach Kindergarten in Riverton. Although she left the classroom full-time in 2016 when her daughter was born, Cindy has remained active in the education field. In addition to providing staff development, substitute teaching, and mentoring student teachers, Cindy has designed and led learning support programs with the Fremont County Library System, as well as a Kindergarten readiness program. Cindy is looking forward to teaching LCM’s preschool program that will immerse children in a rich and rigorous curriculum that is grounded in developmentally appropriate and STEM-oriented experiences for our youngest learners.

In addition to teaching, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter, their two dogs, two horses, and cat named Carol, who just showed up on their porch one day and never left.

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.


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

  • 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

Cindy Coyne – Lead Teacher

Email: landerchildrensmuseum@gmail.com

Phone: 307-332-1341