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As a pioneer, leader, and entrepreneur of his time, Ms. Katie’s great grandfather was the first farmer to produce alfalfa in Iowa. In the spring it fills the fields with beautiful purple blooms. The family farm then became known as Purple Bloom Farm.
Remembering the days of picking strawberry’s, taking long walks, exploring the joys of the outdoors, tree swings, and tractor rides, Ms Katie wanted to create the feeling of freedom she found on that farm within a school setting. Ms. Katie set out to learn all she could about child development, while running an in-home early childhood program from 2003 – 2009. Setting out to master they ways in child older children learn, Purple Bloom Preschool then was founded in 2010.
After numerous requests for local families, In 2018 we eagerly opened Purple Bloom School to meet the needs of children in our community for an alternate, positive, health focused, value driven educational experience. Our students grow up from infants in a respectful environment with the goal of creating happy, healthy, independent peace makers, problem solvers, and overall good contributing members of society. They learn daily healthy habits including proper food, proper rest, proper learning spaces, enough time to work and learn, daily exercise and wellness skills, and solution making skills in an age appropriate way. Our classrooms are facilitated by well rounded, caring, loving, intentional educators who model this proper balance in life.