What We Do
The Crittenton Center is comprised of two divisions: Child and Family Development, which includes our Child Care, Family Resource Center, Preschool and After-School programs; and Child Welfare & Wellbeing, which includes our Supervised Apartment Living, Transitional Therapeutic Home (youth homeless shelter), and other Specialized Services.
Evidence-based childcare and preschool programs with multiple locations.
Offering short-term parenting classes, resources, and support to expecting parents and families with children ages birth to 17 years old.
Providing after-school care and programming for children ages 0-12.
Federal grant recipients to provide mental health/substance use counseling services and Therapeutic Visitations in a supervised setting to youth living at the shelter.
Provides emergency placement for Iowa children ages 0-18 who can no longer reside safely in their homes.
For young adults aged 16.5-21, transitioning out of the foster care system and moving toward independent living.
Shelter. Educate. Empower.
Advocating for children and families for over 125 years, Crittenton Center’s qualified and caring employees are providing innovative care through trauma-informed interventions, evidence-based practices, and researched play-based curriculums. Our mission is to Shelter, Educate, and Empower Children, Individuals and Families.
Simply put, Crittenton Center employees, volunteers, and board members are steadfast, passionate, and unshakable about meeting the needs of Iowa’s children and families! We have been doing it for over 125 years–it’s in our DNA!