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Moonlight Infant Classroom

Babies need to be held, loved, and encouraged to safely explore their world. They’ll get lots of cuddles and stimulating activities throughout their day in our care. The Moonlight classroom serves infants ages 6 weeks–12 months. Teachers design experiences based on the baby’s developmental needs and interests.

Babies under the age of 12 months are on-demand eaters and sleepers. Instead of putting your baby on a feedings, rest, and play schedule, we will follow the baby’s lead, watching for their cues to let us know what they need, when they need it.

All babies are held when bottle feeding. As your baby grows older we will encourage him or her to begin to eat independently as they are able.

Daily Activities

The schedule in the Moonlight classroom is flexible to meet each baby's needs. Throughout the day your child will:

  • Be offered breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
  • Nap as needed.
  • Have free play time.
  • Go outside for gross motor play, weather permitting. Vigorous indoor play will be offered if we are not able to go outside.
  • Enjoy one-on-one time with their teacher:
    • Playing on their tummy for tummy-time or practicing other motor exercises such as sitting and crawling.
    • Playing with age appropriate and stimulating toys.
    • Playing social games such as pat-a-cake.
    • Reading picture books.
    • Experiencing sensory or art activities.

Moonlight Classroom Lead Teachers

Kelly Dunegan

Kelly graduated with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hawkeye Community College in 2011. She has been a teacher at the Hawkeye Child Development Center since 2015 and has four years of prior teaching experience.

"I am a wife, a mother, and a dog lover! I am married to Allen and we have two sons, Jordan and Kidd. I also have a dog named Max. I spend my free time with my family, going for walks, and watching reality shows.

"It's going to be a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures and I can't wait to see what the year has in store for us!"

Willetta Thomas

Willetta grew up in Waterloo and graduated from Waterloo West High School then attended Hawkeye Community College and graduated in 2008 with her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.

"I have worked with children for over eight years and have four children of my own. I look forward to working with you and your child; helping them grow and learn. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s growing experiences."

Hawkeye Child Development Center

Black Hawk Hall—Entrance on the south west side of Black Hawk Hall
319-296-4245
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Regular Hours

Monday–Friday
7:00am–5:00pm

Operational Guidelines [pdf]