Our Center is a state-licensed facility, providing quality early childhood care and education for infants and children through 5 years of age (or when they begin kindergarten). The Center has one infant room (until 24 months), one toddler room (age 2 years), and two preschool rooms (mixed ages 3-5). Enrollment in the summer session is limited. We offer a full-day early childhood education option, with Center hours of 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We follow the college calendar in determining closed days.
The Center is staffed with degreed teachers who have backgrounds in early childhood education, child development, and other related experiences. Each classroom has a Lead Associate with a Bachelor’s degree and an Associate with an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood. The Center serves as a training laboratory for students studying Early Childhood Education at Iowa Western Community College. An excellent adult/child ratio is maintained in our Center by our paid staff and our laboratory students.
In addition to being licensed by the State of Iowa, the Iowa Western ECE Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The Academy, which is sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children, awards accreditation to the program which has demonstrated high-quality care and education to children.