The Teddy Bear Club provides a loving Christian environment that responds to the development of the whole child. We offer a balance of free choice and structured activities. We believe children build positive self-concept through interactions with a rich and varied environment, other children, and warm, supportive adults.
We feel that young children learn and grow best in an environment that responds to their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs. Through our curriculum that includes language arts, science, mathematics, music, art, drama and movement education, along with the incorporation of the “I Am Special” religion lessons, your child will have the opportunity to nurture and develop their skills and discover who they are. Through activities in large and small group, as well as individual settings, your child will be encouraged to choose activities based on their abilities and interests that will enhance their sense of initiative and competence. Our choice of discipline, Love and Logic by Jim and Charles Fay, contributes to the warm, gentle, learning atmosphere.
The Teddy Bear Club is a licensed preschool facility and all of our staff undergo regular background checks and must be cleared through a formal record check process. We also meet the requirements of the Iowa Department of Human Services and are a participant in the Iowa Quality Rating System. These credentials help us ensure that your child is safe and cared for by quality individuals who will foster an environment where all children may develop a positive self-concept through a balance of free choice and structured activities.
The Teddy Bear Club is an organization which offers preschool and daycare programs in partnership with Holy Family Catholic Church. A state funded 4-year-old program is also offered in conjunction with All Saints Catholic School. We are licensed by the State of Iowa and the director, all teachers, and all teacher assistants meet education and training requirements as mandated by the Department of Human Services.
Breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, and mid-afternoon snacks are served each day in accordance with the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
More information on the four principals of Love and Logic can be found in the book titled Love and Logic Magic. A copy is available for parent reference and the Bettendorf Public Library also has copies available for check-out. The Teddy Bear Club welcomes any and all questions you may have regarding our program and how it may benefit your individual child’s growth in all aspects of life. Please feel free to contact us using the information provided under our CONTACT US tab. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Teddy Bear Club family!
Cassandra Collum, director, is beginning her third year. She is a member of Holy Family Parish and has two young sons. She has 3 years experience providing home daycare and holds a Bachelors in Business Management and a Child Development Associate (CDA). Her hours are:
Anne Moore, lead teacher. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is a member of Scared Heart Cathedral, has been married for 17 years and has 3 chidlren; 1 girl and 2 boys. Her hours are 7:30-1:30.
Emily Bertram, teaching assistant, graduated from Central DeWitt High School in 2011. She has four siblings and is currently pursuing certification in youth ministry studies. She has done retreat missionary work for 2 years and has worked with children of all ages. She also serves as a high school youth group leader at Ss. Philip and James' Church in Grand Mound. Her hours are:
Sara Baldwin, teaching assistant, She has 6 years experience in a child care center working with all ages. She and her family are members of the Holy Family Parish and has one young son. She attended Iowa State University where she studied Fashion Merchandising. Her hours are: