The 10 Best After School Programs in Iowa!

Learning and socializing doesn’t have to stop after the school day ends. Children and busy parents will enjoy everything about Iowa’s stellar after school programs. From teaching children about the benefits of sustainability to homework help, here are the best after school programs in Iowa. 

1. Beyond the Bell, Sioux City, IA

Beyond the Bell, in Sioux City, is one of Northwest Iowa’s highest rated after-school programs. They operate programs before and after school in all of the district’s elementary schools, three middle schools, and one private school. In addition to their school year offerings, Beyond the Bell also hosts summer programs. 

2. Taproot Nature Experience, North English, IA

Nature-loving kids in the Iowa City area will love Taproot Nature Experience in North English. Their after-school and summer programs are focused on helping school-aged children explore and learn more about the wonders of the natural world that surrounds them, sustainability and environmental stewardship.

3. Traditions Children's Centers, West Des Moines, IA

With several locations throughout the greater Des Moines area, Traditions Children’s Centers offer inspiring learning environments that will keep school-aged children happy and focused after school—and keep their parents secure in the knowledge that their kids are being well cared for. 

4. Lewis Central Lucky Children, Council Bluffs, IA

Parents in Council Bluffs need look no further than Lewis Central Community Schools for top-notch after-school programming. Lewis Central Lucky Children offers both before- and after-school program for children as young as five years old and as old as 12. 

5. Sunflower Child Development Center, Decorah, IA

Kids in Decorah are lucky that they get to keep learning and playing after school is done, thanks to Sunflower Child Development Center. Sunflower strives to offer school-aged children a variety of learning and social experiences before school, after school and all summer long.

6. The Clubhouse Learning Center, Ankeny, IA

The Clubhouse Learning Center is an awesome place for kids to go after school and during the summer in Ankeny. In addition to guided learning and free play in the after-school program, school-aged children will find plenty to do at Clubhouse Learning Center over the summer, as well.

7. Kids Kampus Learning Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Kids Kampus Learning Center is a great place for parents in Cedar Rapids to send their children after school. The center will pick up the kids at school, transport them to the center and give them a snack. Then, kids can play and burn off all the pent-up energy from a long day at school. They also offer summer programs.

8. Stepping Stones, Davenport, IA

Stepping Stones is an award-winning after (and before) school program that is operated by Davenport Community Schools. Stepping Stones offers students opportunities for both learning and play—and is certain to keep them engaged and having fun until they’re picked up.

9. Formative Years Growing and Learning Center, Ames, IA

In a university town like Ames, parents have high expectations for their children. Formative Years Growing and Learning Center meets—or exceeds—them all. Formative Years offers several curriculums that cover many areas of learning, development and even language acquisition.

10. Cedar Valley Preschool and Childcare Center, Waterloo, IA

In Northeast Iowa’s largest city (Waterloo), parents can rely on Cedar Valley Preschool and Childcare Center to ensure that their children are learning and having fun even when school is finished for the day. A certified “Nature Explore” classroom, the center will ensure your kids see and learn about everything that Iowa’s natural world has to offer, as well as plenty of indoor fun and education.

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