Meet the Play & Learn Team

Wendy Bell
Owner since 2013

Wendy has been the owner of Play & Learn Early Childhood Center since 2013.  She is an ISU graduate who has lived, worked, and raised children in Ames for over 30 years. Wendy received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Reading Endorsement from ISU.  She is a NAC certified Early Childhood Education Program Administrator.  “My goal is to offer a family atmosphere in a center environment.  My staff and I strive to provide quality care as well as be a support and resource for families in our community.”



Tina Lykins

Tina has worked at Play & Learn since 2013.  Since then, she has held the roles of assistant teacher, as well as lead teacher in twos, fours, and school age.  She was promoted to Assistant Director in 2017 and in August of 2020 took on the role of Director here at Play and Learn. Tina attended ISU with a psychology major and is currently taking business classes and pursuing her certification in Childcare Administration. She currently holds a Certifcate of Specialization in Early Childhood Education.

“The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out” -Bill Gates Sr.  

Rebecca Steig
Asst. Director/Curriculum Coordinator

Rebecca has worked at Play & Learn Early Childhood Center since 2016.  She has been an assistant teacher, a lead teacher in toddlers and twos, and currently holds two positions at Play and Learn, that of Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator. Rebecca received her associate art’s Degree in Elementary Education from Iowa Central in December 2020. Rebecca is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at ISU and is especially interested in working with children who have special needs.

 “Education is not one size fits all”

Lacey Wyckoff

Lacey has worked at Play & Learn since 2013. She has been an assistant teacher, lead teacher in infants and toddler classrooms and has held both the Assistant Director and the Director positions here at Play and Learn.  Lacey is a NAC-certified Early Childhood Program Administrator and holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from DMACC. Lacey stepped down from her role as Director in August of 2020 so she could attend school full time.  She continues to work part time as a site supervisor and loves that she still gets to come in and spend time with all of the Play and Learn children! 

“Learning and teaching is messy stuff. It doesn’t fit into bubbles.” -Michele Forman