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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 .


We would like to address the virus that has hit the Midwest. Generation Next will be proactive in providing the safest environment for the children and staff. In order to achieve this goal, parents must comply with our medical policies.

Enteroviruses, which bring on symptoms like a very intense cold, aren’t unusual. They are actually quite common. When you have a bad summer cold, often what you have is enterovirus. The season often hits its peak in September. The particular type of enterovirus that has made recent headlines in the Midwest is the EV-D68.

Symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, and a rash. Sometimes they can be accompanied by a fever or wheezing. To reduce the risk of infection, individuals should wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and stay home when feeling sick.

Generation Next is asking that parents assist in washing their hands as well as the child’s hands at arrival and departure. Hand sanitizer is available at the front counters to make this an easy process. Our staff will continue to follow our hand washing schedule at 8:30,10:30, 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30. We will also continue to wash hands before and after handling food, when coming in from the playground, and at toileting and diapering times.

Generation Next uses the state required bleach water solution to sanitize and disinfect our diapering areas as well as the tables and toys.


We are asking for full cooperation when your child experiences illness symptoms. Our policy states that children may not attend the center if they are experiencing or develop:


  1. Fever over 100.4 degrees
  2. Pink eye
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Unknown rash
  6. Lice
  7. Excessive coughing
  8. Unable to participate within our program due to ill feelings
  9. Severe pain or discomfort


If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms, you or your emergency contact will be notified to pick them up within the hour. Children must be symptom free for 24 hours or have physician written permission to return.

We cannot administer a fever-reducing medication without knowing the cause of the fever. If your child has been given permission by a physician to return to Generation Next, please bring a note. Please do not administer a fever-reducing medication to hold down a fever so your child may attend the center.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in assisting in this proactive approach to keeping our environment a safe and healthy place.

We are always available if you have any questions or concerns.


Generation Next Management

Posted on September 09, 2014 by .

September 2014 Events

September is just a weekend away! Cooler weather and football is here again! Below is the list of events for this month:

September 1st-Labor Day! We are closed, so have a great three day weekend. And don’t forget to cheer on your favorite Iowa football team in their first games this weekend.

Friday, September 5th-Today is Grandparent’s Day! All grandparents are welcome to come into your classroom and read a story. Please ask your teachers what time would be best.

Friday, September 12th-The big Iowa State/Iowa game is already almost here. Support your favorite team by wearing your team gear. Let’s show some team spirit and pride!
*Cough* Go Cyclones *Cough*

Have a great September, everyone! We can’t wait to spend it with you!

Photo from cjonline.com

Posted on August 29, 2014 by .

Closed Friday, August 15th for Annual Room Change

Just a friendly reminder that all three locations are closed on Friday, August 15th for our Annual Room Change. Please note this also includes Graduate Transportation!

To prevent lost items, please remember to take all of your child’s belongings on Thursday, August 14th, including blankets, clothing, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, etc.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our open house on Sunday, August 17th!

Urbandale 1:00-2:00 p.m.     Johnston 2:00-3:00 p.m.     Ankeny 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Posted on August 11, 2014 by .

Graduate Den Opening Delay

Below is the letter we will be handing out to our Ankeny Graduate parents:

Due to the unusual amount of rain we received earlier in the summer, construction on the Graduate Den has been delayed by a week from the original date of the 18th. Unfortunately, this means that it will not be open by the time the new school year begins in mid-August.

Though we will not have this space, we will of course continue to provide care for your children during this transition time. We will be making room in the cafeteria and the PIT, where we will have fun activities and learning opportunities, just as we would if the Den were open.

We are incredibly excited to have this new space for your children, and hope you continue to “pardon our mess” as we get ready to open the Den around August 25th.

We apologize for this inconvenience and wish to thank you so much for your understanding. We promise the wait will be worth it!


Generation Next Ankeny Management


Posted on August 05, 2014 by .