Little Explorers Nature Center Preschool is a privately owned and run
business created by Bob and Darlene Davis. They believe that children
deserve more than just adequate childcare and hope to significantly raise
the bar on what a preschool can aspire to be.
Bob comes from a technical background as a former electrical engineer
and utilizes his technical expertise, creativity and excitement for early
childhood education towards the design of the facility and learning environment,
defining of the programs and philosophies and management of the business.
"It's my job to create and maintain a new learning environment that
is much more exciting and diverse than typical childcare centers or preschools,
one which children can really get excited about coming to each day of
the week. Being a young child is such an exciting and important time in
one's life. It is a time that great impressions are made and essential
foundations are laid that we will build on for the rest of our lives.
We understand the incredible responsibility that we have to these children
and the difference that we can make in their lives. We are absolutely
committed to giving the children at Little Explorers the very best possible
learning environment to grow in and the most caring, skilled and enthusiastic
staff to guide them through these most important years."
Darlene has been in the childcare industry for 17 years as owner and
operator of the State Licensed and City Accredited in-home childcare called
Darlene's Daycare and now Little Explorers. "I really enjoy watching
children grow in our program and am thrilled at the prospect of getting
to help more children get the best possible start to their education and
the adventure that they have in front of them". Darlene is an animal
lover and grew up on a farm in Lake Mills. Having her own horse as a child
and helping to raise and care for all the animals on the farm, gave her
a true appreciation for nature and the great outdoors. "I want kids
to get to experience a little bit of the fun that I got to have as a child".
Darlene also loves spending time gardening and caring for the wide array
of plants that she has beautifying her home.
Little Explorers has formed a highly skilled and educated team of teachers,
administrators and specialists. As a unique Nature Center and Preschool
we are consistently receiving great interest from prospective teachers
and continue to look for opportunities to add great people to our staff.
This has allowed us to pick the very "best of the best". The
majority of our teaching staff and all primary teachers have Masters,
Bachelors or Associate degrees in early childhood education or in a very
closely related field. We think this equates to one of the best, most
qualified teaching staff in the area. All potential staff is screened
through a thorough interviewing process followed by complete Federal and
State background checks and in depth reference checks. Little Explorers
follows and exceeds all NAEYC hiring guidelines.
We also look for something special in our staff. Special teachers have
rare qualities that just can't be taught: passion, enthusiasm, dedication,
creativity. These are the teachers that can make a difference in a child’s
life. These are Little Explorers teachers!