Childcare Center - Ames

Where children explore, learn and grow!

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.   |   515-232-7220

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30a.m. to 6p.m.
Phone: 515-232-7220

Safe, Nurturing Environment

Our childcare program creates a safe, nurturing place for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old to explore, learn, and grow.  Whether your student is on track developmentally or has specific healthcare needs, ChildServe is ready to partner with you.

Children learn best by doing. We teach meaningful content in ways kids get excited about.  Imaginative play, songs, crafts, and fieldtrips help bring learning to life.

Lesson goals are based on age and ability. We focus on emotional development through our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) classroom model.  The PBIS model teaches children to be respectful, safe, and responsible.

What else makes us special?

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Degree certified and tenured teachers

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High scores on the Iowa Quality Rating System

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Curriculum that focuses on critical developmental areas

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The ability to adapt to support many healthcare needs

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Secure buildings to keep children safe

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Outdoor play spaces for each age range

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Newsletters with activity announcements and photos

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Special events for parent interaction

2015 Five Star Iowa Quality Rating System Score

Schedule your tour today!

Call 515-232-7220 or submit a request on our online form.

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Teachers shape students

That’s why we are so picky. ChildServe teachers meet the qualifications set by the State of Iowa Department of Human Services and pass thorough background checks. Full-time teachers hold certification in First Aid and receive ongoing child development training. All of our lead teachers have a bachelor’s degree at minimum. Most importantly, our teachers love working with kids.

Learn, Grow & Explore

Our curriculum sharpens the skills your child will need for both life and school.

Teaching Strategies

GOLD Curriculum

We watch each child’s growth carefully to plan learning experiences in areas like social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and literacy skills. Activities include a variety of child-focused projects, exploration, and experiences. The Gold Assessment System is also the statewide progress measurement system for preschools.

Character Counts

Building upon the 6 Pillars of Character, Character Counts provides practical strategies that support both Creative Curriculum and PBIS to develop exceptional results in social, emotional, and character development. Using stories, puppets and child-guided activities, we help foster 6 core ethic social values.

Handwriting Without Tears

Our four-year-old preschool classroom explores letter shapes through multisensory activities to develop neat handwriting. Multisensory activities include songs, movement, and letter writing in various mediums like sand and paint.

Summer Explorers

The Summer Explorers program allows your little explorer to experience activities like art, dance, cooking and music lessons; outdoor water play and nature exploration sessions; and educational visits from police officers, firefighters, the Blank Park Zoo; and much more!

Rates

Infant & Toddlers

$234

Per child/ week.

2 Year Olds

$202

Per child/ week.

3 Year Olds

$192

Per child/ week.

4 & 5 Year Olds

$192

Per child/ week.

Map & Directions

Just north of 13th Street near the 1-35 interchange

1915 Philadelphia Street
Ames, IA 50010
tel: 515.232.7220
fax: 515.232.3834

Frequently Asked Questions

When is childcare available?

The center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Does childcare close on any holiday?

Our centers are officially closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday following Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be observed on Friday or Monday. Our centers are closed on Martin Luther King Day to conduct full-day professional development training for center staff.

Operating hours for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve may be reduced.

The center will make every effort to remain open during inclement weather.

Can I visit my child?

Parents/guardians are always welcome at ChildServe. We encourage you to visit anytime and join us for field trips or special center events.

How much does it cost?

See our Parent Handbook for the Ames price list.

What if my child has food allergies?

We will work with you and your child’s doctor to accommodate your child’s dietary needs. We require a signed doctor’s order for children with certain special diets (low sodium, diabetic diet, tube feedings, etc.). We will follow a professional recommendation for a modified diet (i.e. pureed foods) as long as a signed special diet form is included in your child’s file

Can I send birthday treats with my child?

If you choose to provide treats for your child’s birthday or other special occasions, we require they be peanut/tree nut free, store-bought, and prepackaged. Please discuss and schedule your plans with the supervisor in advance.

What type of licensing does ChildServe’s Childcare fall under?

All ChildServe Childcare Centers are licensed by the State of Iowa, Department of Human Services. A copy of Licensing Standards and Procedures form SS-0711 is available to parents upon request. Centers are inspected regularly by a childcare licensing consultant and our own field management staff to ensure that they meet or exceed health, safety, and other state requirements, as well as the ChildServe standard of quality. Our centers partner with a childcare nurse consultant, sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral, to promote best health and safety practices in all classrooms.

Does ChildServe offer discounts for military families?

Yes. ChildServe Childcare participates in the government reimbursement program for active military personnel.

Does ChildServe participate in the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program?

Yes, ChildServe Childcare Centers participate in the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program. Through this partnership, we ensure that we meet nutritional standards for infants and young children. We provide iron-fortified infant formula and baby food for infants as an option at no cost. Families may choose to provide the infant formula and baby foods of their preference. Our dietary staff prepare meals, snacks, and baby food on-site using fresh, frozen, or canned products. Fresh produce is preferred depending upon seasonal availability.

How does the ChildServe Childcare program work toward equality and non-discrimination?

ChildServe is firmly committed to the concepts and practice of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. We administer our programs for children and our employment practices without regard to race, gender, religion, age, cultural heritage marital status, sexual orientation, political belief, veteran status, national origin, disability,or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Our center is inclusive and we will make reasonable accommodations, based on the child’s special needs and our abilities to meet those needs. If your child is in special education at a public school, we require a copy of his or her Individual Education Plan (IEP) or similar document for inclusion in the child’s file. This will allow our teachers to provide the best possible care and learning for your child.

  • We observe the updated Civil Rights Statement from the Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services which states: “In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.”
  • It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis on race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNF Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA  40319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; web site: https://www.state.is.us/government/crc/index.html.

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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of over 4,200 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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