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About Us

Serendipity Preschool is a private, non-profit preschool located in Norwalk, IA. We have three preschool classes available to our area preschoolers. We share our space, but are not affiliated, with Norwalk United Methodist Church. We have been proudly serving Norwalk area families since 1974.


We provide high-quality preschool to our community preschoolers. We believe that every child is an individual and should be treated as one. Their learning path is as unique as they are. We foster their creativity and allow for individual learning experiences.


Serendipity Preschool uses The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD, a research-based curriculum and assessment tool. We also use Al's Pals as our social-emotional curriculum paired with a social-skills curriculum, Pre-K Fundations for literacy and writing (which is also used in Norwalk in the K-2 classrooms), Heggerty Phonemic Awareness, and Early Childhood Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (EC-PBIS). 


In 2009, Serendipity Preschool began partnering with Norwalk Community Schools for the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program or Universal Preschool. Under this grant awarded to the district by the State of Iowa, children who are four-years-old on or before September 15 of the school year qualify for free preschool. We work closely with our community partners involved to help provide high-quality preschool for all children before entering Kindergarten.

Our staff of five ensures a familiar face each day at preschool. Your family is considered part of our family, and we value fostering relationships between staff, children, and families.

Sara Cross 
Director &

Universal Preschool Teacher
Part of the Serendipity Family since 2005


Jill George
3-Year-Old Teacher &
Universal Preschool Teacher Assistant
Part of the Serendipity Family since 2007


Lindsay Mills

3-Year-Old Teacher Assistant & Universal Preschool Teacher Assistant

Part of the Serendipity Family since 2015


Tiffany DeRocher

3-Year-Old Teacher Assistant

Part of the Serendipity Family since 2020


Missy Hardinge

5-Year-Old Teacher 

Part of the Serendipity Family since 2021

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