Childcare Services, Preschool, and Daycare

Our licensed child care facility provides a positive, developmentally appropriate environment for infants to school-age children. Our mission is to provide early childhood care and education in a way that is developmentally appropriate and responsive to the needs of the community.

Services provided:

  • Infant Care
  • Toddler Care
  • Preschool-Aged Care
  • Before and After School Care
  • Active Learning Preschool for 3 yr olds
  • Wrap-Around Care
  • Child Development Staff Training
  • Early Childhood Agency Referrals
  • Subsidized Care
  • Protective Care
  • Parent Education
  • Home of Sioux Center Early Head Start


  • Child care is available Monday through Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM all year long.
  • Preschool classes meet for 3 hours two to five days a week during the school year.
  • School-aged care is available before and after school and all day 6 AM to 6 PM on holiday vacation days and summers.
  • The center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, and Memorial Day.

Programs available: 

Three early childhood programs exist in the facility—(1) The Early Childhood Center, which is licensed for 190 children, provides childcare for children ages 0-12. Of the 235 licensed children in the center, the Infant and Toddler rooms are licensed for 65 children and the Over 3’s rooms are licensed for 170 children. The ECC is owned and operated by Sioux Center Health, (2) Active Learning Preschool, also owned and operated by Sioux Center Health, provides preschool programming for 3 year old children. Classes available are M-W-F, T-TH, and M-F, (3)Early Head Start, under the governance of Mid-Sioux Opportunities Inc., who offers free early preschool for low to moderate income families,

It makes good sense for all 3 programs to be located in the same facility because they have similar needs. By sharing food service, playground, building space, office equipment, etc. all can offer more for less cost. In addition, there is great convenience for families who use more than one of the 3 programs.

Staff ratios:

  • Two weeks to two years: One to every 4 children
  • Two years: One to every 6 children
  • Three years: One to every 8 children
  • Four years: One to every 12 children
  • Five years to ten years: One to every 15 children
  • Ten years and over: One to every 20 children

It is the Early Childhood Center’s goal to ensure that all parents can access all information clearly and understand the content provided to them. We will do this by providing assistance as needed, as well as providing Spectracorp Language Services and the hospital translator when requested.

Program evaluation:

Program evaluations are conducted by means of both an infant/toddler and preschool PQA (Program Quality Assessment). This instrument is used on-going and measures areas of physical environment, schedules and daily routine, adult-child interactions, curriculum planning, family support, staff development, and program management.

Child evaluation:

Child evaluations are done for children who attend the Active Learning Preschool for 3 year old’s. Teachers use the Teaching Strategies GOLD Objectives for Development and Learning to observe children, write objective anecdotes, score child development based on those anecdotes, and then share that information with parents at conferences. Also, parents of Infants, Toddlers, Preschool-aged and School-aged children will be invited to sign-up for an annual conference. We communicate with parents daily but these conferences will assist staff in communicating with parents in a more formal way how their child is doing developmentally as well as how they are doing at our center.

Continuity of Care

Who benefits from Continuity of Care? The lives of children, parents, and caregivers are enriched when continuity is achieved. Children experience less frustration and their development is enhanced. Parents are happier with their childcare arrangements, thus better employees. And caregivers have a more predictable and relaxed work environment. It’s a win-win-win situation!

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Interacting with Children

Stopping problems before they start is the preferred method of behavior management and our staff works to provide the following because we feel they do just that—prevent problems!

  • Provide enough space and a variety of materials.
  • Establish a consistent balanced routine.
  • Support children’s choices and interests.
  • Plan for transitions.
  • Keep waiting periods short and active.
  • Accept behavioral differences.
  • Respect children’s ideas, concerns and feelings.
  • Set reasonable limits and expectations.
  • Stop destructive/aggressive behavior.
  • Use observations in daily planning.
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Active Learning Preschool Class Options For 3 Years Old

(Classes available for children 3 years old by September 15)

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM (3 days per week)
  • Tuesday, Thursday 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM (2 days per week)
  • Monday through Friday 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM (5 days per week)
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