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4510 Todd Drive, Ames, IA 50014
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Providing Quality Child Care and Preschool since 1986

The Formative Year's Team

Our teachers provide warm, safe, and loving educational environments for the children in our care.

Discoverers’ Room: 6 weeks - 12 months

    Ms. Kali- I’ve been in childcare for a little over 7 years, I love how unique each child is, and how much their personalities grow in the first few months. My favorite activity with the infants is helping them learn to transition smoothly. I have a beautiful roommate: my cat Milo.

    Ms. Jessica- l have a background in healthcare as a CNA for 10 years. I’ve really enjoyed seeing how my skills are applicable to childcare. I love seeing these little people grow as unique individuals. I have two children of my own and we enjoy going to the mall. 

Explorers’ Room: 12 - 24 months

    Ms. Sarah- I’ve been in the childcare field for three years and love getting to watch each child grow as an individual and seeing them learn and discover new things every day. My five daughters and I love to go on road trip vacations during the summer.

    Ms. Megan- I’m a newcomer to childcare, I started in June 2017. It’s been very enlightening seeing how each child is unique in their development. My favorite activity with the children is group time; it’s so fun to see them become confident young people. I live with my husband and two sons in Des Moines. 

Adventurers’ Room: 2 years

    Ms. Amy- I have worked in the childcare field since 2001. I love playing color sorting games and Velcro story boards with the children and seeing them get these skills under their belts.  I’m originally from Wisconsin but love it here in Ames. 

    Ms. Jenny- I have been working with preschoolers for almost 10 years. I love to help the kids with art projects, especially painting. In my free time, I enjoy sketching nature.

Navigators’ Room: 3 years

    Ms. Sawyer-l have been in the childcare industry since 2015. I feel this is the age where the kids really come into their own; watching them discover how to be peers is very rewarding. In my free time, I spend time with my husband; we love to travel and spend time at our lake house.

    Ms. Michele- I have been in childcare for 9 years and really love to see the children build their creative sides and learn to work together towards a common goal. My husband and I just had our daughter in 2017, I have found motherhood to be very rewarding. 

Inventors’ Room: 4 Years

    Ms. Maria- I've been in childcare since 2006 and have been with Formative Years since 2008. I love how engaged four-year-olds are with books and story time. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, friends, and especially my dog!

Learners’ Room: 4 - 5 years

    Ms. Nikki- I have been working with children for several years and have been here at Formative Years since 2010. I thoroughly enjoy helping them learn how to build and create. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my daughter, doing puzzles and reading. 

    Ms. Julie- I have been at Formative Years since 1999. I enjoy watching the children discover different ways to build with blocks and seeing the children’s imaginations grow. When I’m away from work, I spend time at home with my husband, two dogs and two cats.

Interested in Joining our Team?

We are always looking for caring and qualified people to join our team. If your would like to join our staff fill out the application below and send it into formativeyearsglc@gmail.com or bring it to us in person at 4510 Todd Dr. Ames IA, 50014. Thank you and we look forward to meeting with you.

All staff is First Aid, CPR and AED certified, receive yearly curriculum training,

have been screened for criminal history, and have an up-to-date physical on file