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Joyce Knock is Visiting Generation Next!

We are so excited to announce that local author Joyce Knock will be visiting Generation Next for a book signing and to read her book! Her book, “I Am Not Dumb and I Am Not a Stinky Butt!”, focuses on name calling and how to stand up to bullies.

She will read her book at all three centers:
Johnston: June 11th
Ankeny: June 18th
Urbandale: June 25th

We are all so excited to have her!

Posted on May 14, 2015 by .

May 2015 Events

April showers brought May flowers…and a whole lot of stuff to do! Here are the events for May!

Friday, May 8th: Muffins with Mom. Join us in the cafeteria from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. to chow down on some delicious muffins with your child to celebrate what our moms say is THE most important day of the year-Mother’s Day!

Tim McConnell Fine Photography will be taking individual and group pictures of our Seniors in their graduation caps and gowns!
Johnston: May 7th
Ankeny: May 11th
Urbandale: May 12th

Thursday, May 14th: Senior Preschool Graduation. Come hear Pomp and Circumstance while our Seniors perform their graduation songs and receive their very first diplomas at the Johnston Middle School at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, May 25th: Memorial Day. All three Generation Next locations will be closed. Enjoy your three day weekend!

Posted on May 04, 2015 by .

Correction to April’s List of Events:

Johnston’s Spring picture day will be Tuesday, April 14th

Ankeny’s will be Wednesday, April 15th

Urbandale’s will be Thursday, April 16th

Apologies for the mistake!

Posted on April 10, 2015 by .

April 2015 Events

Heat on in the morning and air on in the afternoon? It must be early April! We’ve got some events lined up for the month that should help things move along as we speed toward hot days!


Tomorrow, the 3rd, we will celebrate by scattering eggs around the playground and searching for them! Each child will also get a special prize!

13th-17th is the Week of the Young Child! The Week of the Young Child (abbreviated WoYC) is where we highlight and celebrate children and their needs. Each day of the week we will focus on a different aspect of our communities, families, and, of course, children. Each classroom will celebrate a little bit differently, so please ask your child’s teachers how they will be taking part! Please visit http://www.naeyc.org/woyc/faq for more details on this spectacular week.


Monday, April 13th: Community Appreciation

Each classroom will be making thank you cards and banners for our local retirement communities.

Johnston: Bishop Drumm

Ankeny: Vintage Hills Cooperative

Urbandale: Illahee Hills


Tuesday, April 14th: Parent Appreciation

A special thank you to all our parents for all their support of Early Childhood Education. Please stop for donuts, juice, and coffee in the PIT at the Johnston and Ankeny locations and cafeteria at the Urbandale location.


Wednesday, April 15th: Teacher Appreciation

Teachers work hard and deserve to be appreciated! Parents are welcome and encouraged to give a big “thank you” to their child’s teachers. Generation Next will provide a luncheon for the staff.


Thursday, April 16th: Appreciation of the Arts/Art Festival

Take a tour of the center and see all the wonderful art exhibits. The children will be creating throughout the month and those creations will be displayed for you to admire!

Friday, April 17th: Child Appreciation with Fun Friday

Today is all about our children! Children will enjoy a movie with popcorn in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animal or pillow. We will also have pizza for lunch and pudding for afternoon snack.


Wednesday, April 15th: Spring Picture Day. If you’d like your Freshman through Senior’s picture taken, complete and bring back the form we’ve sent home.

Wednesday, April 22nd: Earth Day. Today we will be learning how to be responsible citizens and to protect and appreciate the one Earth we have!

Posted on April 02, 2015 by .

February 2015 Events

Bad news: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Good news: at least we have some events to help get us through winter’s last throes!

This Friday, the 13th, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day with valentines and the most loving pep rally of the year! (Please remember not to bring any candy, food, or drinks!)

Monday, February 16th: Today is President’s Day, and we are open!

Tuesday, February 17th: Let’s celebrate Mardi Gras in style with masks, beads, and confetti!

And then let’s hurry up and get out of this last full month of winter as soon as possible and head on into spring!

Posted on February 11, 2015 by .