Stella Sanford Child Development

We’re focused on providing outstanding learning experiences and opportunities to the children we serve.

The Stella Sanford Child Development programs provide preschool and childcare to children ages birth to 5 at four locations in Sioux City. Between them, we are able to make a difference in the lives of over 150 children every year.

Our focus is on the child’s social-emotional development. We help prepare children for school and assure they reach their developmental milestones. A balanced mix of play and planned experiences allow teachers to provide opportunities for children to “take-in” the environment around them.

Infants, 0-23 Months

     West High School, 2001 Casselman Street, Sioux City, IA 51103
The West High Infant Center, located within West High School, serves children ages 0-23 months. This program is available to students in the Sioux City School District as well as community members.

Children, Ages 2-5

     Stella Sanford Child Development Center, 1724 Geneva Street, Sioux City, IA 51103

     Preschool & Childcare Center, 6100 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106
Our main building, Stella Sanford Child Development Center at 1724 Geneva Street, as well as our new location, Stella East Preschool & Childcare Center at 6100 Morningside Avenue, serves children ages 2-5 years old. Most of the children come from working families. We provide quality, affordable care to all families in Siouxland. To make it possible for parents to stay in the workforce and/or finish their education, we offer a sliding-scale fee and scholarships for tuition as well.

Preschool, 4-Year Olds

     Liberty Elementary School, 1623 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51103

We collaborate with the Sioux City School District Preschool Initiative, serving 4-year olds and providing them with quality, affordable education within Liberty Elementary during the school year..

Through an atmosphere of participation and communication, parents are encouraged to involve themselves in their child’s early learning. We believe that providing support in every aspect of the child’s life takes a holistic family approach. Here’s a link to a 2018 News Story on KCAU9 regarding our programs and services.

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Program Activities:
Research-based curriculum
Daily classroom lesson plans
Vision, hearing, and dental screening
Educational screening
Field trips and special activities
Contact Information

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Success Story

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.