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Child & Family Development

Our vibrant child care and preschool programs, with multiple locations, as well as our Family Resource Center, provide dedicated and much-needed support to children and families. Learn More


Child Welfare & Well-being

Our Transitional Therapeutic Home and Supervised Apartment Living programs provide a safe shelter for kids in foster care who are between homes or beginning to transition to the next phase in life. Learn More


Our History

What began as a refuge for unwed mothers and an adoption agency over 125 years ago, is now a robust organization that thrives on the advocacy for children and keeping families together. Learn More


Board of Directors

Crittenton is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors whose qualifications and decision-making help lead and grow our agency. Learn More


Our Staff

Our highly talented and experienced staff provide compassionate, person-centered, and dedicated care to all those we serve. Learn More



Want to support Crittenton’s mission and contribute to life-impacting projects? Learn how you can give back by donating today!




Design & Dine

Crittenton Center’s Annual Fundraiser showcases local designers, selfie stations, and great food for a great cause. It’s the biggest party of the year! Come join us! Learn More


Volunteer Opportunities

Want to make an impact on a child’s life through meaningful activities? Become a volunteer today! Learn More


Upcoming Events

Crittenton Center hosts an array of fun events for the whole family. Check out any upcoming educational, inspirational, and FUN activities we have in store for you! Learn More

Serving Children, Individuals, and Families

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What We Do

Our services are designed to meet the needs of every child, individual, and family we encounter. While Crittenton Center has a rich history of providing a countless array of impactful services, we have simplified our look through intentional and thoughtful design, ensuring our mission remains outwardly visible to the community.

To better explain our services, take a peek at our logo. The color orange represents the vibrancy of our Child & Family Development division. This division includes our Child Care locations, Family Resource Center, Preschool, and After-School care programs.

The color blue is the nationally recognized color for Child Abuse Prevention. This represents our Child Welfare and Well-being division, which includes our Transitional Therapeutic Home, Supervised Apartment Living, and other Specialized Services.

The two C’s, representing Crittenton Center, embrace one another symbolizing an affectionate relationship between an adult and child, as well as the care and compassion we provide to those we serve.

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Child & Family Development

Crittenton Center provides Child Development programs that encompass Child Care, Preschool, and After-School Care for children ages 0-12. Following research and play-based curriculum, children are cared for by certified teachers and trained classroom educators. We offer scholarship opportunities and accept state assistance. With multiple locations, we intend to eliminate barriers in transportation.

Our Family Resource Center is led by Certified Family Support Professionals. Here, we offer short-term parenting classes, resources, and support to expecting parents and families with children ages birth to 17 years old. We also have a lactation counselor available to support nursing mothers. 

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Looking for Help?

We are here to serve you. For more information about our programs and services, family and parenting resources, or even how you can help our mission, please reach out to us! 
reach out

Looking for Help?

We are here to serve you. For more information about our programs and services, family and parenting resources, or even how you can help our mission, please reach out to us! 
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Child Welfare & Well-being

At our Transitional Therapeutic Home, we provide emergency placement for Iowa children ages 0-18 who can no longer safely remain in their home due to abuse and/or neglect. Upon arrival, children are met with compassionate and understanding Crittenton Center employees who can provide crisis intervention services, therapeutic supervised family visitation, aftercare case coordination, on-site education by certified teachers, medical care, mental health and substance use services, and other needed supportive services. Families of these children may also receive crisis intervention services, referral services, and supportive care during this challenging time.

Supervised Apartment Living, a foster care program in which young adults ages 16.5-21 live first in a group-like setting and then, as skills are developed, live more independently in a housing setting of their choosing. While in the program, youth learn independent living skills, receive monthly stipends, and are supported in obtaining their high school diploma and/or gaining employment.