Stella Sanford Child Development Center

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

The Stella Sanford Child Development Center, owned and operated by Crittenton Center, offers three programs. Between them, we are able to make a difference in the lives of over 300 children every year.


Infants, 0-23 Months
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
Our main building at 1724 Geneva, serves children ages 2-5 years old. Most of the children come from working families. To make it possible for parents to stay in the workforce or finish their education, we offer a sliding-scale fee and scholarships for tuition to make childcare affordable.


Preschool, 4-Year Olds
We collaborate with the Sioux City School District Preschool Initiative, serving 4-year olds, at two preschool sites within Liberty Elementary during the school year and one classroom at the main building on Geneva Street.


In all of our programs, the 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.


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.