The Bob & Billie Ray Child Development Center
To learn more about enrollment and to schedule a tour, contact Child Development Center Director Cassidy LeCroy at 515-309-2376.
Our Child Development Center at Camp Sunnyside, located at 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, provides education in an integrated setting where children with and without disabilities ages six weeks to five years old have the opportunity to learn and grow together in a fun and unique environment. Children enjoy horseback riding, year-round swimming, nature trails, two spacious playgrounds, a tree house, boating and more at Camp Sunnyside. All children benefit from playing, learning and growing together. Learn what parents are saying about the Center.
The Child Development Center uses Creative Curriculum to promote development and learning in the core areas of social emotional, physical, cognitive and language development to prepare children for kindergarten. Character Counts In Iowa resources are also incorporated, instilling trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Throughout the day children engage in sensory motor activities, language development, motor play, reading and music.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is based upon the child’s age. A one-time registration fee of $50 is required and the fee is $25 for each subsequent year of enrollment. A 10% family discount will apply to the oldest sibling.
Six Weeks to Two Years Old: $265/weekly
Two Years Old: $235/weekly
Three Years Old: $220/weekly
Four and Five Year Olds: $215/weekly
Lunch and snacks are included in tuition. All meals served at the Child Development Center are nutritional and prepared with attention to the appropriate type and textures of food for your child. If the child is an infant or a toddler unable to eat food prepared by our chef, we request the child's formula, breast milk or food be supplied by you. You must also supply diapers and wipes for your child.
Hours of Operation and Safety
The Child Development Center is open year-round, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. You and your child will be greeted each morning by staff members as you sign your child in. At the end of the day, your child will only be released to an authorized adult. The Child Development Center is a secured building and you are able to view your child's activities on our live webcam. Your child's safety is of paramount importance to us.
The Child Development Center is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Child Development Center is also closed for two staff professional development days.
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