1517 Northwestern Ave.
Ames, IA 50010
**Limited Spots Still Open for 2023-24 School Year**
Are you in need of childcare options for the rest of the school year? We have limited days still open in our nature-based, child-led programs. Please inquire via the form below.
We are offering three daily programs:
Please fill out our Expression of Interest form for Morning Song / Day Song and PoemTree to begin the process of enrollment in these programs. We hope to hear from you soon!
Welcome to Prairie Flower Children's Center!
Prairie Flower is a play-based, love-centered, nature-immersed creative 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 experiences of 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; an outdoor nature club for 5- to 12-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!