Little Shepherd has been providing quality preschool to the Jackson County community for over 30 years. Our tradition of teaching the whole child includes social, emotional, physical, cognitive, literacy, math, art, music, science and social studies. During centers, snack time, and outdoor play, the students learn social strategies for getting along with others. They learn how to actively listen to stories during carpet time. Through art projects, students learn to draw, cut, glue, and create. Opportunities to learn authentically occur when we discover insects on the playground or on a walk, for example, or on field trips to the pumpkin patch, fire station, post office and hospital. We give them many experiences through play and direct instruction to help them have early success and prepare them for school. Little Shepherd has a strong commitment to families, encouraging their participation and communicating with them both in person and via email, Facebook, and daily notes. Because of their Little Shepherd experiences in preschool and day care, more children are better prepared for Kindergarten in the Maquoketa area.