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Childcare & Preschool

Building Community... Where Beginnings Never End Campaign



Administrative Director
Kathy Lloyd

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Administrative Assistant
Sandy Grandgenett

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2050 South McKinley Ave.
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 423-0168
Fax: (641) 422-1181


The Mission of Newman Childcare & Preschool:
Newman Childcare & Preschool will provide peace of mind to parents through offering quality childcare and by enhancing the life experiences of children.


The philosophy of Newman Childcare & Preschool is based on a set of strongly held beliefs:

  • We believe that each child is a unique individual.
  • We believe in providing a physical environment that is safe, clean, healthy, and oriented to children.
  • We believe that the success of the program is driven by the dedication of our staff.
  • We believe in positive methods of discipline.
  • We believe parents are the most significant adults in a child's life.

Newman Catholic Childcare...

At Newman Childcare...

  • Our philosophy is developmentally based – offering our children the best in all areas of development – social, emotional, intellectual, and physical
  • The center has been in operation since 1986, providing the highest quality childcare and early childhood education.
  • Care is for children age 6-weeks to 12-years
  • The center is open five days a week throughout the year from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is closed New Years Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
  • We offer appealing as well as nutritious meals and snacks following the Federal Food Program guidelines
  • Children have supervised rest periods and “early riser” activities
  • The center is a safe and well-equipped facility
  • Playground areas are provided
  • Children enjoy an air-conditioned building
  • Each age group is supervised by a Unit Leader
  • Staff is CPR and First Aid certified.

Infant Care (6 weeks - 2 years)

  • State approved staff/child ratio.
  • Diapers, formula, and baby food provided.
  • Developmentally appropriate activities and equipment.

Toddlers (2 years - Kindergarten)

  • Developmental appropriate curriculum.
  • Social and emotional development.
  • Educational books and toys.
  • Language skills development.
  • Large and fine motor development.
  • Art and science experiences.
  • Parent/staff communication.
  • Well-equipped multi-purpose room for play and organized physical activity.

Before and After School Program

  • Located at Newman Elementary
  • Hours are 6:15 a.m. until school starts and after school until 6:00 p.m.
  • Includes care during Tuesday mornings (“late starts”), when school is not in session, weather delays, and cancellations
  • Supervised play and character development

Summer Program (1st grade - 12 years)

  • A supervised play and activity program that is provided throughout the summer months
  • All day summer care
  • Transportation to swimming lessons through the Parks & Recreation Department
  • Field trips
  • Library day
  • Arts and crafts

Newman Catholic Preschool...

Preschool Teacher
Terri Chambers

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Katrina Hamilton


The purpose of Preschool is...

  • To developed a sense of responsibility.
  • To recognize the rights of other.
  • To gain satisfaction and independence.
  • To acquire habits of good health.
  • To enjoy music, stories, and poems.
  • To build language skills.
  • To develop motor control and dexterity.
  • To develop a background in numbers, reading, and language arts.
  • To express ideas.
  • To widen student horizons.
  • To prepare students for kindergarten.

3 year old program

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:30am. Children must be 3 years old by September 15.

4 to 5 year old program

Three days a week from 9:00am to  to 11:30am or 12:30pm to 3:00pm. Children must be 4 years old by September 15.

Pre-Kindergarten

This two and a half hour program meets daily Monday through Friday. Children in this program must be 5 before January 1. This program has been developed to meet the needs of the young 5 year old who needs a quality structured program before entering kindergarten.

The program will be kept flexible to accommodate each child's individual learning style and ability in order for the child to have an opportunity to progress according to his or her capacity.

Building Community… Where Beginnings Never End Campaign

Newman Childcare & Preschool has provided a quality and nurturing environment for North Iowa families since 1986.  Over 2,700 children with working parents have benefited from this care. We now have the opportunity to ensure that same excellent quality of education can continue for years to come in a new and child-friendly facility.

Community support is essential to the success of this building campaign. Working together as parents, friends, and supporters of quality childcare will offer our youth a Christian-centered education experience. A new facility will sustain this vital element for the entire North Iowa community.

Benefits to the North Iowa Community

  • Maintain established community partnerships
  • Increase awareness of the value of quality childcare
  • Provide quality childcare to employees of North Iowa Businesses
  • Promote the center and its programming as a community resource to businesses locating to North Iowa
  • Facility and programs are accessible for  physically-challenged children
Who We Serve

  • 159 families
    • 80 Catholic families
    • 79 Non-Catholic families
  • 279 working parents
  • 202 total children served
  • Childcare children
    • 16 Infants (6-weeks to 11-months)
    • 25 Infants (12-months to 2-years)
    • 31 Two-year olds
    • 23 Three-year olds
    • 51 Four-year olds
    • 39 Before & After School Program children
  • Preschool Children
    • 30 Three-year olds
    • 58 Four-year olds
    • 24 Pre-Kindergarten

Who We Are

  • 30 full-time employees
  • 137 years of service to Newman Childcare & Preschool
  • Average of 18 in-service hours per year.
  • CPR and First Aid.
  • Virtus (sexual abuse awareness training)
  • Mandatory Reporting Training.
  • Child Development.
  • Infant Development.
  • Nutrition.
  • Early Literacy.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Guidance and Discipline.

New Facility Description

  • 9,850 square feet
  • Connected at the south of Newman Elementary
  • Benefit from shared resources with the school
  • Estimated cost $1.1 million

The Costs

Building/Contingency/Fixture & Equipment $1,015,000
Other $40,000
Removal of Current Facility $45,000
Total Cost $1.1 million

 

 

 

Our Invitation to You…

Our vision is clear.  Working together, we can accomplish anything.  Your gift to this campaign is an opportunity to leave a legacy for generations to come.

Your support will provide quality and loving care for children, as well as the opportunity to advance their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development.

I Would Like to Donate Now:
Please print and mail it to:

Newman Catholic Schools
c/o Childcare & Preschool Campaign
2445 19th Street SW
Mason City, IA  50401

For more details or questions, please call Lynn Ptacek at (641) 423-6638.

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