Shooting Stars Preschool Classroom

The Shooting Stars preschool classroom serves children ages 3–5 years. Teachers plan a variety of individual and group activities to stimulate your child socially, intellectually, and creatively. The Shooting Stars curriculum, environment, and experiences are based on the children’s developmental needs and interests.

Daily Activities

The teachers in the Shooting Stars preschool classroom provide a warm, safe, and consistent environment for your child to spend his/her day. Throughout the day, your preschool child will:

  • Be offered breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
  • Participate in after meal clean-up.
  • Brush their teeth after breakfast.
  • Participate in a skill activity.
  • Participate in small and large group activities including story time, calendar and music and movement activities, as well as various other activities.
  • Play outside for at least an hour daily, weather permitting.
  • Rest or nap on cots during Quiet Time.
  • Reflect on the reflection for the day.
  • Have time for free play / center time. Your child can choose:

    • Play and create with playdough.
    • Easel paint.
    • Play and explore on the computer.
    • Science.
    • Build with blocks.
    • Participate in a number of literacy (reading and writing) activities.
    • Create art.
    • Play various instruments.
    • Work on a fine motor skill via an activity.
    • Put together puzzles.
    • Explore and play with manipulatives.
    • Dramatic play.
    • Put on a puppet show.
    • Play at the sensory table.

Shooting Stars Preschool Lead Teachers

Lauren Norcross

Lauren graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2014 with her Associates in Early Childhood Education. She moved to Waterloo from the Quad Cities and is excited to be back in the area!

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys camping, taking her dog Lucy for walks, spending time with family, listening to music, and watching Netflix.

"I am so happy to be a part of Hawkeye Child Development Center family. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child."

Jessica Carney

Jessica Carney graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003 with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She went on and earned a MS in Child Development in 2008 from Erikson Institute. Jessica has been working in the early childhood field for many years.

Jessica is originally from the suburbs of Chicago and moved to the area in 2011. She currently resides in Cedar Falls with her husband, children, and their dog. She enjoys kayaking, biking, reading, and spending time with family.

"I am so excited to be a part of the Hawkeye Child Development Center family and am looking forward to getting to know you and your child!"

Hawkeye Child Development Center

Main Campus Location

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

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