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Pardon Our Mess

We will be updating our Johnston and Urbandale locations! Johnston will be getting brand new counter tops, cabinets, and a better looking coffee bar area. Urbandale will be getting new carpeting! Please excuse us while we work on these changes to have ready before the new year!

Posted on December 04, 2014 by .


Generation Next is a peanut and peanut oil free center; therefore, absolutely NO food or drink may be brought into the center.

This policy includes breakfast. Children need to eat breakfast at home or, for your convenience, we have safe breakfast items on the breakfast cart that may be purchased for $0.50 per item. These items may be paid in cash or charged to your account. It is not acceptable to bring an item that may be similar to our items. We thoroughly check labels to ensure safe manufacturing and ingredients.

Children who are severally allergic to peanuts attend all three locations. Please help us keep these children safe.

Thank you in advance for your immediate attention to this very sensitive issue.

Posted on November 05, 2014 by .

November 2014 Events

We hope you enjoyed your long weekend (even if it was only an hour longer!) because it’s officially November! Time to trade in the pumpkin for some turkey and the costumes for some coats. There may be a chill in the air, but there’s no snow on the ground yet, so let’s celebrate with some events this month.

November 12th: It’s Finley’s and Generation Next’s birthdays! Our favorite firefly turns 7 today. Typically the seventh anniversary calls for some wool, but we ask instead that you bring a wrapped book as a present that will stay in your child’s classroom. Let’s celebrate with a big birthday party in the PIT!

Picture day with Tim McConnell Fine Photography for all three centers will be this month as well.
Johnston: 11th- Nursery, Infants, Pre-tots, and Toddlers
12th- Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Ankeny: 13th- Nursery, Infants, and Pre-tots
14th- Toddlers, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Urbandale: 18th- All classrooms

The Seniors will celebrate their last year with us in style with a formal luncheon just for them. They will be asked to “dress up” and show off their manners at their lunch under candlelight. This event will be for all three centers, Ankeny on the 18th, Urbandale on the 19th, and Johnston on the 20th.

And of course, the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving! We will be closed on the 27th and 28th. Eat some good food, soak in some good company, and enjoy the long weekend!

Posted on November 03, 2014 by .

Baby Wipe Recall

Baby wipes manufactured by Nutek Disposables, Inc., and sold at many major retailers are being voluntarily recalled because of bacterial contamination.

The company says it tested for contamination after receiving a number of complaints from customers who noticed an unusual odor and discoloration. Some of the wipes tested positive for a bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia).

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the bacteria is normally harmless in healthy people, but may cause problems in those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung conditions including cystic fibrosis.

The company says some consumers have reported symptoms including rash, irritation, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, but it has not been confirmed whether these health issues are related to the bacteria in the baby wipes.

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Internet/Various retailers




Family Dollar




Family Dollar

Member’s Mark

Sam’s Club

Simply Right

Sam’s Club

Sunny Smiles


Tender Touch

Various retailers

Posted on October 30, 2014 by .

October 2014 Events

It’s finally the season of pumpkin spice lattes and crunching leaves! October might be here, but hopefully we can hold off on the cold weather (and Christmas commercials) just a little bit longer! Below is a list of events and activities for the month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. All of our teachers are invited to wear pink on Fridays to spread awareness. We’d love to have you join us!

The teachers are also having a fall door decorating contest. So if you see some fun, beautiful, or wacky fall designs on our doors, it’s because each classroom is battling for the crown! Feel free to let the teachers know how great they’ve done!

Every senior classroom will be venturing to the Iowa Orchard to learn about apples and pumpkins and take a hayrack ride! Please refer to your classroom’s teachers to find the specific date for your child.

October 22nd: Come on over for our monthly Simple Supper. We’ll be cooking up some walking tacos from 4:30 to 5:45 in your center’s cafeteria!

October 31st: The last day of the month also happens to be the best dress-up day of the year! Come dressed in your Halloween costumes and get ready for a pep rally party!

Another month has come and gone. Thank you for spending it with us!

Posted on September 30, 2014 by .