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Crittenton CenterDecember 13, 2023 at 2:55 PM2 min read

Crittenton Center opening Childcare Center in Le Mars, IA.

Building Blocks Childcare & Preschool located at 601 12th Street SW in Le Mars, Iowa has entered into an agreement to sell its Le Mars facility to Le Mars Community Daycare Center (LCDC). LCDC expects to continue offering similar childcare services through The Crittenton Center and hopes to expand childcare options in the near future.

In 2021 the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation (LBIC) completed a market analysis of area childcare needs which showed a shortage of 433 licensed childcare positions. As a result, the LBIC formed a steering committee comprised of business, childcare providers, and community leaders to address the shortage. First priority was to ensure current providers were successful and second was to explore ways to add additional childcare capacity to meet the projected shortage. Le Mars Community Daycare Center (LCDC), a non-profit 501(c)3 company was created to best facilitate that growth.

Today, Le Mars Community Daycare Center announces the acquisition of the existing Building Blocks childcare facility located at 601 12th St, SW in Le Mars, Iowa. LCDC will be leasing the building to The Crittenton Center of Sioux City to provide childcare services.

According to Dan Hiserote, President of Building Blocks,

"Early child education is a key element for successful learning in future years. Childcare reliability also promotes stable work and home lives for Le Mars’ families.   We have been honored serving Le Mars families and children for the past 10 years.

Transitioning this facility to LCDC will allow future growth and additional childcare options in Le Mars that would not have been available otherwise. The community of Le Mars clearly understands the importance of reliable, affordable, and quality childcare. 

"Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible for our students and parents.",Rich Ziettlow, President Le Mars Community Daycare Center comments, “This is an exciting step in our strategic plan for child care in Le Mars. We are two years into a five year plan to address child care needs in our community and this is a significant component of that plan.”

Kim Scorza, Chief Executive Officer - Crittenton Center

“We would like to thank Building Blocks management for all their assistance during this transition. We would also like to thank the board of Le Mars Community Daycare for their confidence in this new joint venture. We are excited to expand our childcare services to Le Mars and the surrounding communities and look forward to caring for children in this new location."  

The transition is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

For additional information please contact Richard Ziettlow at 712-541-0404 or Mark Gaul 712-548-4947.