Our Learning Environment
Northwood offers students a developmental, child centered learning environment. For each student, we provide time, choice, and differentiated opportunities to develop social, emotional, and academic abilities through authentic hands-on, minds-on learning experiences.
Educators at Northwood use the Iowa Early Learning Standards as a roadmap to take the lead for your child’s individual growth and development. Our program implements the Creative Curriculum, which provides a child-centered, responsive, and comprehensive experience for each student, through opportunities for child-initiated play, literacy development, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies.
Our Instruction Decisions
We assess students regularly using Teaching Strategies GOLD. This assessment provides a growth continuum for each of the learning objectives that align to the Iowa Early Learning Standards. Teachers continually collect evidence of a student’s performance in order to make instruction decisions. We share the GOLD Assessment with families during Parent Teacher Conferences two times a year and provide a final report at the end of each year in our program. This assessment is shared with Kindergarten teachers in order to provide a baseline view of student’s growth and development during their years at Northwood.
Northwood Preschool Center provides free preschool classes four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Ames CSD is currently taking names of preschool students who are intending to register for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year through our Preschool Information Request Form.
Online registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open for all students, including preschool, later this spring. As a preschool family, you will receive additional information via the contact information you provide in the form.
Incoming Preschool students must be 4 years old on or before September 15.
Preschool Partner Schools
We also work with a number of community partner schools. If you are interested in attending one of these, please contact them directly.
ISU Child Development Laboratory School
University Community Childcare
2623 Bruner Drive
Ames, IA 50010
University Community Childcare Website