CHILD CARE Services


Adventures Preschool

Established in 1968, Adventures Preschool is the only cooperative preschool in Ames. In this unique format, teachers plan curriculum and lead activities, and parents assist in the classroom. Two teachers and two parents participate each day, keeping the adult/child ratio approximately 1:5.

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Ames Christian School

Ames Christian School (ACS) is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The elementary school offers an academic program including Art, Music, Computer Lab Instruction, and Physical Education for grade EK-6. The Early Childhood Program offers an excellent three and four year old Preschool Program with or without Childcare. All ACS teachers are certified by the State of Iowa.

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Ames Community Preschool Center (ACPC)

Preschool & child care for children 18 months to 12 years; 7 locations, full/part-time, sliding fee scale, offering full day child care and before/after school care.

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Monday-Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm
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Bethesda Christian Preschool

Bethesda Christian Preschool is a nonprofit Christian preschool for children 3-5 years old. We believe children should learn about God's love through daily activities in a stimulating, warm environment with caring, sensitive and trained teachers. All eligible children are welcome regardless of individual and cultural variations. Second floor of the northwest wing of Bethesda.

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Child Care Assistance

Helps pay for the care of your child while a parent or caretaker works or attends school. It might also be used to care for children while a parent or caretaker is looking for work or is unable to care for children because of medical reasons. Must have a child under the age of 13 years (or under 19 years if child has special needs; get assistance from Family Investment Program OR meet income eligibility guidelines; and must be doing ONE of the following: working an average of 28 hours per week, attending an approved training or education program full-time, OR looking for work.

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Child Care Resource & Referral

Child Care Resource & Referral refers parents to child cares that may meet their needs and their child(ren). Our Parent Services Specialist can assist by creating a customized list of programs and provide information about what quality child care and the different types of child care. Services are free.

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Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
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ChildServe

Not-for-profit organization that offers child care services for children birth through 5 years in an inclusive setting.

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Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm
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Comfort Zone

Drop-in child care for mildly ill children. Care is provided by a Registered Nurse. Open to all members of the greater ISU/Ames/Story County community. Download pre-registration forms from the website.

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Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (open Sept 10-May 10)
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Crisis Child Care

You are eligible if you have no other options for support and are a Story or Boone County family with children ages 0 to 12. LSI provides up to 72 hours of crisis child care in Story and Boone Counties. This program is for any family facing a crisis, such as medical emergency, homelessness or critical stress, and who has no other available child care options or support system. LSI will help transport your child to a licensed child care provider so you can focus on resolving your family emergency.

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Eagle's Loft Early Learning Center

Eagle's Loft is proud to be a NAEYC accredited child care and early education center. Our facility is a bright, comfortable and colorful place for children to grow and develop. Six spacious classrooms and a large multipurpose room glow with natural light from windows placed at the perfect height for children to see outside. The classrooms and outdoor play areas are designed to meet the needs of your child. Children's creativity, natural curiosity and love of play flourish in this hands-on environment. Come see what a difference we can make in your child's life!

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Monday-Friday 6am-6pm
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Formative Years

Formative Years opened in the fall of 1986. Our goal is to provide a professional early childhood education program for 2 ' 5 year-olds, as well as an after-school and all-day summer program for kindergarten through 6th graders. Our program emphasizes the growth of the child in all areas of development and is enhanced by our professional and caring staff.

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Head Start (Northwood Preschool)

Head Start children must be age 3 or 4 by Sept. 15th (at the time class starts). Families must meet income guidelines and children must be current on immunizations. Proof of age is required (birth certificate or Title 19 card). Ames residents contact Drake University office and for residents outside Ames, contact MICA at (515)956-3333 or 1-877-289-4668 for an appointment.

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Kids at First

Free childcare and breakfast is provided on late start Mondays during the school year by community volunteers at the United Methodist Church. The church is open at 7:00 a.m., breakfast is available from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and volunteers escort children to Central Elementary School at 9:00 a.m. Middle school age children can catch the bus there to the middle school. Crafts, games and activities are provided at the church. If interested in volunteering or you would like your child to participate, call. Childcare is free for Nevada school students age 4 and up on late-start Monday's during the school year.

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Monday 7:30 AM-until start of school
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LilyPad Learning Center

Curriculum at LilyPad includes the child-initiated and teacher-directed activities and experiences offered to young children that support and enrich their development physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. LilyPad uses the Creative Curriculum as guides for planning the curriculum in each of its classrooms. Child care for children birth through school age.

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Monday-Friday 6am-6pm
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Luella Kalvik's Preschool

Luella Kalvik's Preschool is a Licensed Center in STORY CITY IA. It has maximum of 16 children.

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MICA Head Start (Nevada)

Head Start gives children age 3 and 4 the opportunity to grow and learn in a high quality early childhood setting. The program is specifically tailored to meet the educational and social needs of preschool-aged children. MICA has Head Start locations in Eldora, Grinnell, Huxley, Iowa Falls, Marshalltown, Nevada, Story City, and Tama. Head Start offers half-day and full-day classes with availability depending on the community.

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Northwood Preschool

Half Day Programs: Preschool - 8:35-11:30 AM or 12:25- 3:20 PM Mon-Tues, Thu-Fri for 4 year olds with limited space available for at-risk 3 year olds. Pre-Kindergarten - for 5 year olds, 8:35-11:30 AM or 12:25-3:20 PM Mon- Tue, Thu-Fri; Wed dismissed at 2:05 PM

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Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
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People Place (Lutheran Services in Iowa)

Counseling, Parent Programs, Child Day Care. LSI family resource center that offers parenting groups, parent home visitation programs, classes and drop-in parent/child day care ages 0-5.

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Office hours: M-F, 9am-3pm; drop-in care TWTh, 9:30-11:30am
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Prairie Flower Children's Center

Prairie Flower Children's Center is a Waldorf preschool for children ages 3-5 that focuses on educating the whole child--mind, body, and spirit.

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St. Paul Lutheran Preschool

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool offers three classes during the morning hours. Our center accepts children on a first come, first serve basis, giving priority to children who are members of the St. Paul congregation. During the month of February applications from members of St. Paul Lutheran Church and current preschool families are accepted. During the month of March all other applications are accepted. We continue to accept applications after March.

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University Community Child Care

Non-profit childcare center whose purpose is to provide a well-balanced child care program, particularly for those families with student and/or working parents. UCC provides childcare to the ISU community (students, staff and faculty) and to members of the Ames community as space is available. Sliding fee available.

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Mon-Fri 7 AM-5:30 PM
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