2807 Duff Ave.
Welcome to Prairie Flower Children's Center!
Prairie Flower is a nature-immersed, play-based early childhood education center based in Ames, Iowa, that serves Ames and the surrounding communities. Our programs are also belonging-based, which means we want to instill a sense in children -- through love, joy, kindness and empathy -- that they belong unconditionally.
Nature is the crowning strength of our curriculum; we consider the natural world a co-teacher. We strive to create a warm, nurturing environment based on meaningful work, play and connection to the natural world and its seasons. Our programs are based on empowering the child to feel capable and to find out who they are as a human being, and what they like. Importantly, we seek to honor unpressured childhood as a critical time for healthy development.
In addition to the preschool-mixed-age kindergarten, we offer a parent-child playgroup for children from 14 months to 3 years olds; two outdoor nature clubs, one for 5- to 12-year-olds and another for 11-18-year-olds; and many seasonal community events, celebrations, and parent education programs.
We invite you to explore our site and learn about our unique vision for early childhood education. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!