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Welcome to Dream Big Daycare. My name is Anna Schmitz.  I am a mother to Meghan (14), Myah (13), Tyler (10) and Aiden (1).  Yes, that is a total of 4 kids!!!  I have a wonderful husband, Mark, who is an estimator at Rydell Collision Center in Waterloo.  We have lived in Dike for 2 years and love it.  I have a BA in Elementary Education and had worked at Community United Child Care and Preschool for 5+ years as a preschool-assistant teacher.  I have also owned a daycare for 2 years until we got flooded in 08.

I have decided to do in-home daycare because:  1. I couldn’t find a daycare around the area that would accept Aiden as a drop-in because of my substitute-teaching schedule, 2. I am still doing what I love to do, which is teaching the children, 3. I am supporting my family with the financial needs.


As a family child care provider, my goal is to provide a safe and happy place for children where they can learn and grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially at their own pace. I believe children learn through play and benefit from a structured yet flexible schedule. Activities will be offered which stimulate sensory motor development, language development and social interaction. The development of strong self-esteem is also a major goal. Children will be taught to respect each other, adults, and property.