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Parents are always welcome at the preschool. We want to develop a close relationship with each child's family and we encourage visits to the school, attendance at the orientation meeting, and informal contacts with the teachers whenever possible. We encourage parents to come and share with the children their professional skills or hobbies.
Parents attend twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences, which provide a formal opportunity for teachers to report on your child’s progress. We also rely on parents to chaperone and provide field trip transportation and to assist and participate in social events and fundraisers. Along with our teachers, parents also form our Board of Directors, which is elected annually.
Leslie Delavan received a BFA in Painting & Drawing from The University of Iowa, with additional post-graduate work in the Biology, Chemistry, and Global Health Departments. She spent several years working in New York as a scenic designer and scenic artist for Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theatrical productions, while also running the cult NYC favorite cookie shop Ruby et Violette. Leslie has worked as a phlebotomist for the UIHC on and off for fifteen years, and has found a particular joy in working with NICU and pediatric patients and their families. She volunteers with the Free Medical Clinic as a lab technician and phlebotomist to this day. Two of her three children have attended University Preschool, and she is very pleased to have this opportunity to spend her mornings playing, making, baking and doing cool things with kids while moving the school forward into the future. Her particular early childhood development interests include exploring new approaches to creating preschool environments that are sensitive to the needs of children with developmental disorders such as ADHD and SPD.
Preschool is a time of discovery for your child. It is also a transition between the familiar home environment and the more structured elementary school setting. For over 65 years, University Preschool's program has provided a relaxed setting for this first venture away from family and home. Our philosophy is that play is children’s work and that, with guidance from a trained and caring staff, significant learning occurs during play. Your child will be encouraged to learn in a friendly atmosphere that fosters self-confidence and a positive self-image. The play-based curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for both self-initiated as well as teacher-directed activities. It also promotes interaction and cooperation with classmates—the social skills needed throughout life. The school's teacher-to-child ratio of one-to-eight supports the curriculum by providing ample opportunity for individual attention.
Andrea Krupa graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 2005 with bachelor's degrees in Music and Psychology, as well as significant post-graduate work in the Music Therapy graduate program at The University of Iowa. She was a lead teacher at Good Shepherd Center Daycare and Preschool in Iowa City from 2008-2014 spending time in both the Yellow Room (2 year olds) and Blue Room (4-5 year olds.) She has been on the Good Shepherd Center Board since October 2014. Andrea currently stays home with her three young daughters: Kameron (5), Karleigh (3), and Kaia (1). In her free time she enjoys singing and going to Hawkeye sporting events with her husband Doug.
Paula Knight has a B.A in Psychology from the University of Iowa, an M.S. in Early Childhood Development and Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas, and has 13 years of experience working with children between the ages of 0-5. She is a native Spanish speaker that hails from Colombia and while living in Dallas, helped implement a program for Spanish speaking families called "Play With Me", in which low-income parents and their children were given parenting advice and were shown ways to promote their child's development through play. Paula Knight has a 5 year old daughter and a 2 year old son.
Our wide range of age-appropriate play-based learning activities and experiences are designed to encourage your child’s development in the following areas:
1. Social interaction with peers and adults
2. Creativity and self-expression
3. Coordination and physical development of large and small muscles
4. School-readiness skills (attained through play and school-like activities)
5. Independence and self-direction
6. Community awareness (attained through regularly scheduled trips and resource visitors)
7. Good nutrition and healthy eating habits
In our roomy, cheerful two-story house, class time at University Preschool includes free choice play, story time, art projects, music activities, weekly show and tell, science and cooking projects, activities to encourage fine motor skills, and presentations from resource people from the community. Our themed play rooms offer an opportunity to enhance development in the areas of social/emotional, self-help, cognitive, fine/gross motor, sensory and dramatic play skills. Outdoor equipment and toys in our large fenced yard encourage development of your child's coordination and motor skills.