- Tips to Choosing Child Care
- Child Care Partners On & Near Campus
- Child Care Openings Among Partners
- Community Child Care Resources
- Back-Up Child Care
- Financial Assistance
- School-Age Summer Programs - list updated March 2013
Evaluating Child Care
- 5 Steps to Choosing Care
- Types of Care
- Choosing Child Care
- Evaluating a provider - a list of questions to ask
Iowa Licensing and Quality Indicators
National Quality Standards
Little Angels Learning Center
214 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City
Melrose Day Care
701 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City
The Mary Jo Small Child Care Center at Brookland Woods
309 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City
(319)337-8980 - contact the center for more informaton on rates
Daily Schedule (pdf)
University Preschool (for children Ages 3 to 5 Years)
212 Myrtle Avenue, Iowa City
(call for availability: school breaks, summer care or after-school care )
Early Learners Enrichment and Child Care - Horn Elementary School only
735 Westgate Street, Iowa City
(current as of May 10, 2013)
A Two Z Child Care - Care for Children, 2 Years Through 5 Years of Age - full-time and part-time care, M - F, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at A Two Z Child Care. Contact information: 300 Myrtle Avenue, (319)338-1330, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask for Lisa or visit their new web site at www.atwoz.net/
Alice's Rainbow/The Sprout House - has openings for infants/young toddlers ages 6 weeks - 18 months. The openings are for June 3 - August 9, 2013. If you are interested please contact Erin at 319-354-1466 or email@example.com. Alice's Rainbow and The Sprout House are located at 421 Melrose Avenue in Iowa City.
Early Learner's Enrichment and Child Care- has openings for infants and children 2 years of age and older beginning June 1. If you are interested please contact Valerie Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the center at 319-339-0800. Early Learner's Enricment and Child Care is located at 735 Westgate Street in Iowa City.
HACAP Head Start Bloomington Street - Head Start is an early childhood development program for children ages 3 - 5 years in low income families. Contact Joan Gredell at email@example.com or call 319-339-0632 for more information and to complete an application.
Good Shepherd Center - has openings in their infant room (9 months and younger)and after school program. If you are interested contact Tania Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-338-0763, Good Shepherd Center is located at 603 Greenwood Drive in Iowa City. Their web site is www.gsckids.org.
Kids Care Cooperative - has openings for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Kids Care Cooperative's program is unique in that parents pay monthly dues and in exchange for childcare, parents volunteer their time providing childcare, doing light cleaning and administrative work. If you are interested in learning more about this program please call Stacy at 319-337-3333 or email email@example.com. Kids Care Cooperative is located at 320 East College Street inside Trinity Episcopal Church. Hours of care are 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Little Angels Learning Center - has 2 - 3 openings in their three year old classroom. If you are interested please call Cathy Stange at 319-341-9757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Little Angels Learning Center is located at 214 East Jefferson Street in Iowa City, down the street from the Pappajohn Business Building.
University Preschool - is now enrolling for the 2013 - 2014 school year. They have 6 openings in the Tuesday/Thursday session, 8 openings for the Monday/Wednesday/Friday session and 1 opening for the 5-day session. ( The 5 day session is limited to children who will start kindergarten in the Fall of 2014.) University Preschool is located at 212 Myrtle Avenue, Iowa City. University Preschool accepts children 3 - 5 years of age for two, three and five day preschool programs. Please visit their web site at http://www.university-preschool.org/ or call 319-337-7046.
- Community Action of East Central Iowa - for after hours resource and referral call 1-855-244-5301. Hours are 8:00 am - 11:30 am Saturday and until 7 pm Monday - Friday.
- Registered Family Day Care Homes and Licensed Child Care Centers
- Hawkeye Area Child Care Providers Network
- Iowa Voices for Quality Child Care
- Iowa Family Child Care Association
Are you looking for a caregiver to watch your child . . .
- when school or the child care program closes intermittently,
- who is mildly ill and unable to go to school or child care,
- to meet an unexpected deadline,
- due to your schedule changing, or
- simply to go out and have a relaxing evening.
The University has several resources for you. And please remember, it your responsibility to interview, and assess the quality and safety of the care.
Care giving Resources
- Two programs offering back-up child care:
- Handicare, Inc. -- provides back-up care for WELL children in a center-based setting
- Caring Hands & More Inc. - provides back-up care for WELL children and MILDLY ILL children in the home of the child
- Forms - prior to completing, read service guidelines by visiting the web sites for Handicare, Inc. or Caring Hands & More Inc. (listed above)
- Occasional child care -- a listing of University students willing to do baby sitting/child care on an occasional basis. See sample baby sitting forms below. To acess the most current list of UI student providers log into Self-Service. Enter your Hawk ID and password. Go to the Personal tab. Under the General section click on Occasional Child Care. If you do not have a Hawk ID and password email email@example.com
to request the list.
- Please note: The occasional child care providers on this list are not licensed and consequently are not subject to fingerprinting or a national child abuse database and criminal background check. However, they are checked for criminal convictions in Iowa and the sex offender registry. If you have any questions please contact the Family Services Office at 335-1371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- College Sitter Contact -- online resource for Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty/Cedar Rapids/Des Moines occasional child care providers
- Cedar Rapids School System: Five Seasons Learning Centers (well back-up care.)
- Commercial web sites listing baby sitters.
General Tips to Hire a Babysitter/Occasional Caregiver
- The Super Sitter, US Consumer Product Safety Division
- About Pediatrics: Hiring a Babysitter, Vincent Iannelli, M.D.
- About Fatherhood: Choosing the Right Babysitter, Wayne Parker
- About Parenting of K-6 Children: Babysitter Checklist, Kimberly L. Keith
- About Crime/Punishment: Safety Tips for Selecting a Babysitter, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Service
Tips for Mildly Ill Child Care
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care, Healthy Kids, Healthy Children - Sick Children: When Should Children Stay at Home
- Mildly Ill Child Care Tips, Wisconsin Child Care Improvement Project, Inc, Health
- Family Caregiving Leave (Operations Manual)
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Catastrophic Leave (Operations Manual)
Forms You Can Use When Hiring a Babysitter
University of Iowa Child Care Subsidy Programs for Graduate/Professional and Undergraduate Student Parents
For information on the Child Care Subsidy Program, eligibility criteria, the application process and online application, select , Child Care Subsidy
Prior to submitting the online application, it is important to read the information provided.
With questions, email email@example.com or call 319-353-2314 or 319-335-1371.
Child Care Subsidy Online Tutorial
If you are a student parent and would like to learn more about the child care subsidy program, how to apply and how to be reimbursed for your child care expenses, this ten minute presentation will give you the information you need to get started. If you have any technical issues with viewing or listening to the presentation, please contact Nicole Studt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-1371.
If your computer has speakers, please make sure the volume is turned on. You can either view and/or listen to the presentation all the way through or during the presentation you can select the specific section you would like to learn about.
Office of Student Financial Aid (335-1450)
Student loans through the Office of Financial Aid may be available to help with child care costs. To apply, the student must have a FAFSA, federal tax return and University of Iowa Verification Form on file at the Office of Student Financial Aid.
For student loan purposes, child care is considered a special circumstance. For more information as to the explanation of special circumstances, visit financial aid at: http://www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/apply/specialcircumstances/2010-2011.shtml
For the form, Request for Childcare Expense Adjustment, go to the financial aid website at: http://www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/apply/specialcircumstances/documents/ChildcareStudent2010-2011.pdf
You must download the form, have your child care provider verify your monthly costs, and then submit the form to the Office of Financial Aid.
Iowa Department of Human Services -- Eligibility based on income.
Johnson County Empowerment Funding -- Eligibility based on income.
National Guard and Other Branches of the Military
For National Guard families seeking child care financial assistance, call (800)424-2246 or email ngccp@guardfamily. org.
For families in other branches of the military, please visit the website for Military Partnerships, National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
- Dependent Care Spending Plan -- Available to UI staff and faculty as a flexible benefit option to assist with child care expenses. Contact UI Benefits office (335-2676) for more information.
School-Age Summer Programs
School-age Summer Programs at the University of Iowa, and within
Johnson County & the Surrounding Counties
- Cultural Care Au Pair (local representative is Kathy Weiss: email@example.com; 319-621-4668)
- Eur Au Pair (local representative is Lorna Morgan, 319-530-9036)
- International Nanny Association
- Nanny Network
- The Care Post
- US Department of State - AuPair and Educare
- Designated Sponsor List
Last Updated May 2013