Education & Care Philosophy
Our early childhood educational programs at our preschools and daycare centers are designed to cultivate the overall growth and development of children through sound educational experiences. We believe that play is the work of children. Our preschools ensure that each child is guaranteed the time, freedom, and tools to accomplish that vital work which is what makes us one of the best preschools and daycare centers in the Reno and Sparks areas. Our fundamental belief that children learn best through meaningful play is reflected in our child-centered programs.
Instilling a love of learning is at the heart of our program.
Our child care in Reno, NV celebrate each child’s unique interests, abilities, and learning styles. Likewise, we understand that children develop uniquely and pass through stages differently. The goal is to help your child reach his/her full potential. While our emphasis is on children, we realize that family involvement is extremely important and we encourage it.
Educators at our Reno and Sparks Preschool/Daycare
- Executive Director: The Executive Director at Little Bear and University Preschool in Reno, NV holds a BS Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an AS Degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Center Directors: Our Center Directors also hold Associate Degrees in Early Childhood Education.
- Teachers: The teachers at both of our preschools in Reno and Sparks have varying levels of education in early childhood development. All teachers are involved with ongoing training in addition to passing an FBI background check and demonstrating compassion for working with children and a passion for teaching.
Education & Care
Nevada Quality Rating & Improvement System
Both Little Bear & University Preschool in Reno, NV and Sparks, NV are participating in the Nevada Silver State Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which has been developed to assess the level of quality of child care centers in Nevada and help families find high quality childcare that fits their needs and the needs of their children. Benefits of attending preschools in Reno NV with QRIS standards include quality indicators that expand on licensing requirements in the areas of program policies and procedures, administration and staff development, health and safety, and family and community partners. At Little Bear & University Preschools, we strive to be considered one of the best.
Hot Lunches Available
Preschool attendees who indicate they’d like hot lunches will now have the option to receive them at both the Little Bear & University Preschool locations. Our lunches are sourced from the same nutrition services provider that Washoe County School District utilizes. Menus are available for you to take advantage of your child’s favorite foods being served. For more information, we encourage you to reach out and discuss hot lunches with our staff.
Need help signing your child up for preschool? You may be eligible for the Nevada Ready! State Pre-K program. Click here to learn more.
Healthy Way to Grow
Our Reno and Sparks daycares/preschools also partner with Healthy Way to Grow. In an effort to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, the American Heart Association and Nemours have teamed up to create Healthy Way to Grow, a program aimed at creating healthy childcare environments for children. This program is one of the many benefits of attending our preschools and daycare centers because it provides hands-on assistance, customized training, resources, and tools to support healthier lifestyles of our children. School lunches are often overlooked, but to us they are important tools to building a healthy and happy life. Our goal is to create an environment for young children to develop healthy habits for life.
Why it is needed:
- Current national statistics indicate that more than 1 in 4 U.S. preschool age children are overweight or obese.
- Obese children as young as age 3 show signs for developing heart disease later in life.
- 60% of American children spend the majority of their day in childcare, making it an ideal setting for obesity prevention efforts.