Child Development Center

The Linn County Child Development Center offers full and half day early childhood programs for children ages 3 to 5. 


The center’s primary mission is to offer high quality preschool and child development services to families with low incomes and to children with special needs, so parents can hold employment or participate in college or job training.

Program Highlights

  • Highly qualified staff: All lead teachers have Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, with endorsements in Special Education. All assistant teachers have AA or CDA. Low staff turnover allows children to be cared for by a consistent group of teachers.
  • NAECY Accreditation: Linn County Child Development Center was one of first centers in the state accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and has been so since 1990.
  • Rated 4 Stars by Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS)
  • The Center follows Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Guidelines by providing free, nutritious, home-style meals. 
  • Parenting Classes are provided by Iowa State University Extension and Parent Consortium.  

Center Services

  • Half Day Classroom
    • Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Breakfast and lunch provided free of charge
    • Small class sizes: One staff per six children
  • Full Day Classroom
    • Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Breakfast, lunch and snack provided free of charge
    • Small class sizes: One staff per six children

Currently Enrolled Students

Qualifying Income Verification

Parents must provide one of the following for qualifying income verification:
  • Federal tax return for 2017 – 1040 or 1040A for each parent
  • SSI benefits - award letter, copy of monthly check, or bank statement if direct deposited
  • Child support/alimony - printout (statement from Friend of Court or the court order showing the monthly amount)
  • Iowa Workforce Development - printout for the past five quarters
  • FIP - printout showing any benefits for the previous 12 months, including the signature date on the Linn County Child Development Center application
  • College students: Enrollment Verification Form
  • Copy of VISA if unable to legally work in the United States
  • DHS Child Care Assistance – Block Grant
To start the enrollment process fill out LCCDC Application and call 319-892-5733 to schedule a visit of our center