We are opening a new
Preschool & Childcare Center!
We are thrilled to offer quality, affordable
preschool and childcare to the Morningside area!
Now enrolling children ages 2 years through 5 years!
Preschool & Childcare Center
Located at 6100 Morningside Avenue
2020 NO-SHOW DESIGN & DINE
Crittenton Center's Signature Fundraiser raised $84,000!
The Siouxland community was incredibly generous and supportive of the event which helps fund childcare and preschool programs, the only emergency youth shelter in NW Iowa, parenting education and a supervised apartment living program which is a foster program for teens.
Comfort for Young Children
Sara found herself alone raising four-year-old, Maribel, after her husband and father of Maribel abandoned them. She struggled to make ends meet and worked hard at staying employed. Sara knew it was important for Maribel, who was not reaching her development milestones, not talking, and being mean to other children, to have an environment where she could thrive. Because Maribel needed to learn appropriate behaviors and Mom needed to continue to work, Crittenton Center was able to provide a scholarship for the family to help pay for Maribel’s childcare. Sara stayed employed and was promoted at her job.
Free for Parents and Caregivers
Crittenton Center’s Resource Center offers short-term parenting classes
Imagine the emotional state of two siblings ages three and five….
The police raided their home as their parents were in the process of doing cocaine. Before the police could apprehend the father, he quickly took the drugs. The children witnessed it all and were brought to us with just the clothes on their backs.
We fed and bathed them. After they were given new socks and pajamas, we tucked them into a soft, clean bed. Their peaceful sleep helped give everyone hope for their future.
We had started working with an illiterate, single, pregnant 17 year-old, living with her father.
One day she was called to the hospital because her father was injured at work. Not understanding what was going on, she called her HOPES case worker for support. It was explained to her that her father was not going to recover, and upon her father’s death, she also lost his financial support.
We helped her get the resources needed to keep her moving forward and stay in the program. Today, she has a healthy baby, is involved in her church, and continues to make great strides.
Amy had a difficult childhood. Her parents abused drugs and lost custody of her when she was 11 years old.
She lived in shelters, group homes and foster care, but had a difficult time with trust and following rules and bounced from placement to placement.
At age 17, her DHS worker placed her in SAL. Amy learned skills such as cooking, budgeting, interviewing, and how to live independently. She quickly got a job at a grocery store and moved into her own apartment. She then completed her high school credits and stayed in touch with her SAL caseworker, who helped her work on getting into college. Amy is now a nurse in the community.
Latest Crittenton news
Stella Sanford Child Development programs, through Crittenton Center, is opening a new Preschool & Childcare Center! This Preschool & Childcare Center is located at 6100 Morningside Avenue in Sioux City, Iowa, what Siouxlander’s will remember as the former Siouxland Christian School building. We are now enrolling children ages 2 years through 5 years at this…
Brittini Alvarez, will step into the role of Assistant Director of Crittenton Center’s Emergency Shelter. Alvarez will continue her role as a social worker and take on new responsibilities as the Assistant Director. Brittini has been with Crittenton Center for about two and a half years, starting out as a Crisis Intervention Specialist at our…
Melissa Holsinger was formerly a case worker for the SAL program and Project Help and has now been promoted to Supervisor of Transitional Programs. Melissa joined us at Crittenton Center back in 2010, working with Supervised Apartment Living (SAL), former program Project Life, and current program, Project Help, all of which work toward our goal…
Katie Bruno, former Assistant Director of Crittenton Center’s Emergency Shelter, will assume the role of Director of Transitional Programs. Bruno will be responsible for leading the Supervised Apartment Living (SAL) and Project Help programs. Bruno’s first position with Crittenton Center was a Crisis Intervention Specialist and Caseworker at the Emergency Shelter back in 2017. She…
Bridgid Strait, former Director of our HOPES (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success) program has been named Director of Education, responsible for all family education programming within Crittenton Center including the HOPES program and the Resource Center. Bridgid has been with Crittenton Center for a total of 6 years, starting out at our…
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