Child Development Center — Main Campus Location
Our Mission at the Hawkeye Child Development Center is to focus on the whole child and their family by providing quality education to the children and the families we serve, and provide a safe and nurturing environment that our children and families feel welcome and comfortable to learn and succeed.
The Hawkeye Child Development Center provides care for children 6 weeks–5 years old. The Center is open to Hawkeye students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Our staff teaches developmentally appropriate practice in each classroom to match the way children develop and learn.
Children experience positive interactions with other children and staff through experimentation, play, learning, and exploration times through a variety of individual and group activities to stimulate social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development while guiding the children to self-direction, independence, and self-control.
The Hawkeye Child Development Center complies by the State of Iowa Department of Human Services and Health Department standards and the Waterloo Fire Department. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We participate in Iowa Quality Rating (QRS) and are in the process of renewal.
Learn more in our Operational guidelines [pdf]
Meet the Director
Penny Teisinger has been the Child Care Coordinator/Director at the Hawkeye Child Development Center since 1999 and has experience working with all ages cared for in each of the classrooms at Hawkeye's Child Development Center. She has been working at Hawkeye Community College since August 1995 and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Early Childhood Education program. Penny is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with her BA degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education.
Penny welcomes you to Hawkeye's Child Development Center and can’t wait to observe your child grow! Her office door may be closed, but it is always open to you and your child! Please stop by or contact Penny if you have any questions or concerns.