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Child Care Services
We understand that choosing a child care provider is one of the more important decisions you will make for your child. Iowa State University is home to three child care centers, each of which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, each center has achieved a Level 5 on the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS), the highest possible ranking. Additional community child care resources are also listed below.
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In addition to the campus child care centers, the City of Ames and surrounding communities have many child care options for you to explore. However, it can get overwhelming trying to find the right child care provider. The resources below are available to aid your search.
If you need some help finding child care providers in your area, Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral is available to assist you with your child care search! Available in all 99 counties, their free parent referral service will give you a customized list of local child care providers who may have openings for your child. Call (855) 244-5301 to speak with a Parent Referral Specialist, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is the agency which supervises child care providers in the state of Iowa. One their website, you can search for child care providers in your area, based upon a variety of criteria.
The Iowa Department of Human Services is required to make child care provider compliance and complaint reports to the public.
Helps families find child care, senior care, special needs care, tutoring, pet care, housekeeping, etc. Families are able to sign up and search for providers.
Connects families with highly qualified college student child care providers in a safe, convenient, and reliable way. Families are able to sign up and search for providers.