Nokomis Child Care Centers (Fargo, N.D.) doesn't just offer daycare -- Nokomis creates a learning center that is ideal for early childhood education. Age-specific classrooms and play spaces encourage exploration, investigation, problem solving, and discovery. Nokomis classrooms are staffed by teachers trained in early childhood education or a related field. The teachers plan daily activities geared to meet the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs of the children. Each child receives a developmental assessment twice per year. With the assessment results, Nokomis teachers are able to tailor the learning environment to best meet the needs of each child enrolled at Nokomis.
Researchers have found that children who attend high-quality early childhood programs, like Nokomis, gain skills normally associated with greater brain development, such as problem solving and language, math, and literacy skills. They also gain other kinds of competencies such as self-control, a higher motivation for learning and social skills.
Our goal is to provide a healthy and well-rounded environment for the kids at our daycare. A children’s mental health consultant from The Village's Family Service Center visits Nokomis each week to observe the classrooms and assist the teachers in identifying and addressing concerns. She is also available to meet with families one-on-one if they have any questions about their child’s behavior, development, or any other needs or concerns.
The South East Education Cooperative (SEEC) partners with Nokomis in a Pre-K Reading Corps Program. An AmeriCorps member is placed in each of our centers to help implement the literacy tutoring model.
What about school-age care?
Nokomis II provides care for school-age children, both before and after school, and during the summer. During the school year, the Nokomis vans will transport children to and from nearby schools.
The summer school-age program, which cares for children through age 9, provides a clean, safe, friendly environment that meets the needs of active school-age youngsters. The children are cared for by competent adults who enjoy working with school-age children. A variety of activities complement each day, such as swimming and t-ball, and trips to the zoo, planetarium, and local parks.
Does Nokomis have a Preschool Program?
Yes. The Nokomis Preschool Program is held at both Nokomis locations. Our teachers create lessons and activities that are developmentally appropriate. Children in the preschool program work on school readiness, which includes learning cutting and gluing skills, and their ABCs and 123s. They also plan multi-cultural events and activities that work on large motor and small motor skills.