We have received substantial grants and awards from IdahoSTARS and the Terry Lynn Lokoff/Children's Tylenol Foundation to improve the quality of our childcare facility.
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development
U.S. Dept. of Labor Certificate: Child Care Develoment Specialist
Licensed in the State of Idaho
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is my goal to provide your child with a fun and enriching early childhood development program operated in a home environment so that your child can thrive and feel safe, happy, loved, and respected with lots of one on one attention. We teach Pre-K content along with life skills which allows the children to posses effective social, emotional, and physical skills. Our students learn to be self motivated and independent learners, which will benefit them throughout their lives.
My philosophy of childcare is to provide an environment for the child:
- Where learning happens as a result of fun activities
- A play based program
- A home-like atmosphere
- That encourages independent play as well as socialization
- To reinforce the values of truth, respect, honor, and virtue
- Where the child feels happy and safe
- child developmental appropriate learning
"Successful communities provide the environment for individuals to reach their full potential." (David Massaro) It is our responsibility to provide that successful community.
Furthermore, I strive to be a "Caring Professional Who Teaches for Understanding in a Community of Learning". (LCSC Education Department)
My philosophy of child care is to provide for the parents/guardians:
Honest and open communication about your child
- Up-to-date information about your child's activities
- An attitude of teamwork in areas relating to your child's development
My background gives me the foundations to fulfill my philosophy including:
- Caring for children since age 11
- 2 years experience in a large child care center
- Parent of a teenager and a young adult
- 23 years experience in family child care
- I have received my Child Development Accredation
- I have received my AA Degree in Early Child Education from CSI
- I have received a Technical Certificate from CSI
- I have received a Post Secondary Technical Certificate from CSI
- Currently enrolled in Early Childhood Development classes learning current, scientific methods of teaching/learning
My goals in caring for your child are:
- Getting to know your child's interests, strengths, and challenges to better understand how to help your child learn and discover
- Provide for planned and spontaneous adult-child interactions
- Provide curriculum which includes; math-science-art-music-language- social skills-and develops fine motor skills and gross motor skills
As a team, we can work together to provide a fun, safe, learning environment for your child.
"A moment of learning in a child's life can inspire a lifetime of achievement". Phil
Donna's Learning Center Mission Statement:
It is our goal to provide
the children in our care with the finest child care environment possible. We
strive to help children grow physically, emotionally and socially. The first
five years of childhood are the most important in development and learning;
therefore, children of all ages will be taught skills that will help them reach
their fullest potential. Children from toddlers on up will learn several life
skills through play and exploration such as:
Maturity- Learning to make choices, involvement in the classroom, self-motivation
Social Skills- Getting
along with others, making friends, taking part in conversation
Self Help Skills- Being
responsible for personal belongings, cleaning up after oneself, learning to dress oneself
Learning Skills- Finding
solutions to problems, solving age appropriate puzzles, repeating patterns and references
Creative Thinking Skills-
Thinking "out-of-the-box", sharing new ideas, being inventive in the thinking process
Physical Skills- Playing
action games, doing simple exercises, participating in fine and large motor activities
Creative Music and
Movement Experiences- Singing new words to songs,
in different ways to music, learning rhythm and sound patterns
confident in what he/she can do, building friendships, having positive
Because play is the foundation
for all learning, we think play is a serious matter. Lessons plans are designed
for the individual needs of the children. Although it may seem like the
children are "just playing" at times, they are actually learning
about themselves and the world around them. Children will take part in several
fun activities throughout our days, such as:
play- Children acting out real life or imaginary
experiences are trying to make sense or feel in control of their world.
Art - Scrubbing,
tearing, cutting, painting, rolling and pounding clay are all art experiences
that help children learn how the mind and hands can work together to create.
Art assists in gaining control of hand muscles, which is necessary for
pre-writing. Art experiences can also prepare children for math and science by
using colors, textures, forms and shapes.
Language - Written
and spoken words will help children develop a love for reading that will
flourish over a lifetime. When children use their own language to express
feelings or thoughts, they begin to feel the power of speech. When they sing,
listen to poetry, are read to, and are given time to review books, they
experience the joy of the written word.
movement - Music and moving the body
informally help provide children with a physical outlet. Soothing music can
ease fears and anxiety, whereas dance music can help children develop motor
skills, be silly and have fun. Singing helps children integrate new words into
their vocabulary and experiment with speech patterns.
Manipulatives - The doors
to the world of math are opened wide with manipulatives such as stacking
blocks, puzzles and stringing beads, because they offer opportunities to
classify, sequence, sort and match.
Blocks - Decision
making, planning, sharing, cooperating, sense of accomplishment and pre-math
skills are just a few of the familiar skills that a child will develop in the
Science - Basic
cognitive skills of cause and effect and a deep appreciation for the natural
world are gained in this exploratory area.
Donna is a strong believer in getting involved and helping in the community. Here are some of the community services which she is or has been involved in.
- Star Community Blood Drive Coordinator
- Star McGruff Safe Home Coordinator
- Ted Nugent United Sportsmen of America-Idaho State Director/Food, Toy, and Household Donations for the needy
- Hunter Education Instructor for 15 years
- Phone Donation Solicitor for Star Elementary from 1998 through 2004
At Donna's Learning Center we care for children from birth through 12 years of age.
weekly library trips,
occasional field trips,
and many fun activities.
Stop by anytime and tour our facility. Your child will appreciate the home-like, learning atmosphere.
Parental comments and
suggestions are encouraged.
To learn more, contact us today!