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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

our centers

Child Development

The philosophy at Crittenton Center’s Child Development Centers focuses on all areas of development. Primary emphasis is placed on their social-emotional development through play, dramatic play, creative play, and planned experience, which minimizes competition, encourages successful outcomes, increases self-esteem, and encourages cooperation. Studies have shown if a child behaves pro-socially and has a strong self-identity and self-esteem, they are more likely to achieve to the best of their ability. 

The Crittenton Center’s Child Development Programs are private, non-profit, multi-purpose family development centers. We offer scholarship opportunities and accept state assistance. The Center is open to all children, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or beliefs. We also believe in building a positive relationship between teachers and families by utilizing two-way communication, so families are more informed and involved in what is happening in the classroom. Staff will provide a variety of age and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment available indoors and outdoors for children throughout the day. 


With five locations across Sioux City and Le Mars, we intend to eliminate transportation barriers for families:

Stella Sanford Child
Development Center

Serving children ages 2-5 

1724 Geneva Street
Sioux City, IA 51103

Liberty Preschool

Serving children age 4

1623 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51103

West High
Infant Center

Serving infants ages 0-24 mos

2001 Casselman Drive
Sioux City, IA 51103

Stella Sanford
East Location

Serving children ages 2-5 

6100 Morningside Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106

Crittenton Child Development Center
Le Mars Location

Serving children ages 6 weeks- 12 years old

601 12th Street SW
Le Mars, IA 51031

additional services

After School Care & Extended Day Services

Our intention is to meet each family’s needs to the best of our abilities, which includes providing care for your child after the school day so there is no stress surrounding pickups!

The following locations provide extended services:

Stella West: 6:30 am-5:15 pm
West High Infant Center: 6:30 am-5:15 pm
Stella East: 6:30 am-5:15 pm                        Le Mars: 5:30 am-6:00 pm

All locations are open Monday through Friday, except for the following legal holidays: New Year's Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Our locations will follow the Sioux City School District schedule for school closures. 


Interested in Child Care?

Click below to be directed to our Childcare Application