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From Highway 30 take the University Blvd exit north. Continuing north, you will travel past Mortensen Pkwy, Reiman Gardens and Jack Trice Stadium on your left. Take a right onto SE 16th Street thenturn right into Entrance B of the Veterinary Medicine campus. The ISU Child Care Center @ Vet Med will be on your left.

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Welcome to Iowa State University Child Care Center

A great place to learn, discover and grow!

Welcome to ISU Child Care at Vet Med! Our center opened in August 1997. Iowa State University created our center as a progressive and flexible benefit for students and University employees. We have the capacity for 79 children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. We offer infants through school-aged children a rich choice of activities to ensure that all of the children are allowed to grow and learn at their own pace. Building with blocks, singing songs, experimenting with magnets, gluing and painting, assembling puzzles, snuggling for a story, dressing up for dramatic play. Whether they are playing peek-a-boo with a baby or encouraging a child to experiment with measuring tools, our experienced faculty are well aware that it is often the process, not the product that helps a child learn, solve problems, or simply make a friend.We are conveniently located on the Iowa State University Veterinary Medicine campus, close to I-35 and Highway 30, and just minutes from Iowa State's main campus.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Our four-year old son has always had a difficult time with transition and trying new things. Since he has been in the K-prep classroom he has grown so much. His teachers have encouraged him to explore new foods, games, and curricula that have allowed him to build his love for school."

Our Center Programs & Services

Here are a few of our best features.

Full- and part-time early education and preschool

Featured Parent Webinar

Quality Early Education: Choosing What's Best for Your Child

We talk to education experts from the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) to get insider tips on what to look for in a quality early childhood education program. You’ll hear how NAEYC sets standards and how to select the option best suited to your child’s unique needs.

Bright Horizons Parent Community

Helping dad when mom goes back to workThe Bright Horizons Parent Community is a great place for parents and educators to share ideas, get perspectives and ask questions. Looking for info on potty training your toddler or how to get your preschooler started with chores? This is the place for you.

Bright Spaces Help Children in Crisis

Bright Horizons Foundation for ChildrenBright Spaces - special places for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters and other agencies - help children experiencing trauma. Bright Horizons teachers and employees help create Bright Spaces, support them through volunteering, and make a difference across hundreds of communities and serve thousands of children each year. To learn more, including how you could be involved, visit Making Connections Through Bright Spaces, a digital magazine celebrating the impact our programs make in people's lives.


Nutritious snacks, breakfast and lunch provided daily

Get involved in our Enrichment Activities

Because knowledge is more than just the ABC's.

Kids in Harmony
We are now offering a music and movement program taught by a board certified music therapist. This optional enrichment program is a great introduction to music for children!

Movement Matters
Daily structured and unstructured physical activity for all age groups. Sessions are included in the children's daily schedule for no additional Enrichment Program fee. 

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