Childcare Providers & Early Education

Little Learners Childcare Center

3403 8th Street | PO Box 152
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Phone: 712-415-1036

Center hours: 5:00 am- 6:00 pm

Preschool: Tues – Fri | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • State-licensed childcare center and preschool
  • Children ages 4 weeks – 10 years of age
  • Before and after school care
  • 3 & 4 year old preschool program
  • Participate in state food program with nutricious meals and snacks
  • Playground on site
Little Irish Preschool

1903 Broadway
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Phone: 712-852-3464

3 Year Old Preschool:
Tuesday – Thursday | 8 am – Noon

4 Year Old Preschool:
Tuesday – Friday| 8 am – Noon

Emmetsburg Catholic School sponsors the Little Irish Preschool. Some funding is available through PAK Empowerment and state grants. The purpose is to give preschool children a Christian education and to prepare them with a strong foundation. The preschool is licensed by QPPS (Quality Preschool Program Standards.) This program also works cooperatively with the State Wide Voluntary Preschool Program for 4-year-olds at Emmetsburg public schools, using the same curriculum and assessments.

Head Start

3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Phone: 712-852-5352

  • Located at Iowa Lakes Community College campus
  • 3-5 year olds
  • Monday – Friday | 8:10 am – 3:15 pm

The purpose of Head Start is to provide a preschool education to children from low-income families. This program offers WRAP Around Child Care for children with working parents or parents who are taking college classes. This program is federally funded and offers breakfast and lunch. There are frequent parental conferences.

Emmetsburg Education Center

1013 Broadway
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Phone: 712-330-4814

Hours: Monday -Friday | 7:00 am – 5:30 pm

  • Non-profit child development center serving
  • Children ages 6 weeks – 12
  • Program is a child-led, play-based educational program allowing children to explore, express creativity, and be curious
Emmetsburg Community School

Child Services of Emmetsburg Community School District

Voluntary Preschool Program

Voluntary Preschool Program

602 Call Street


State Wide Voluntary Preschool Program for 4-year-olds.
Kindergarten Readiness
Early Childhood Special Educ.
This preschool program held at Emmetsburg’s West Elementary school is for children who will be 4-years-old by Sept 15.  It runs all day Tuesday through Friday.  This program also works cooperatively with the Little Irish Preschool at Emmetsburg Catholic School, using the same curriculum and assessments.  Call West Elementary at 712-852-4485 for more information.

Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness

Emmetsburg’s West Elementary School provides a Readiness program for children who are 5-years-old by September 15, but who are not quite ready for Kindergarten.  It leads into Kindergarten.  Call West Elementary school at 712-852-4485 for more information.

Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education

The Emmetsburg Community Schools provide a program for children with special needs.  This program begins with 3-year-olds and requires the child to be evaluated and have an IEP. The program helps children with disabilities as they progress through preschool and into their early elementary years.  Call West Elementary school at 712-852-4485 for more information.

C4K Pilot School

C4K Pilot School

Led by the Iowa Department of Education and supported by our local Area Education Agency (AEA) to build an efficient and effective delivery system in literacy to improve critical outcomes for kids. Call West Elementary school at 712-852-4485 for more information.

Title I Reading Services

Title I Reading Services

Call West Elementary school at 712-852-4485 for more information.