Madison County Daycare

Find Madison County Iowa daycares and preschools. Daycares provide information on licensed infant and child care assistance, 24 hour and weekend day care centers, montessori, private, and public facilities.


Stepping Stones Ccc 701 South 3rd Avenue Winterset IA 50273 515-462-2583


Thomas Thumb Christian Ps 1305 West Jefferson Street Winterset IA 50273 515-462-2294

Wee Learners Ps 210 West Green Street Winterset IA 50273 515-473-3528

Winterset Head Start Center 1724 North John Wayne Drive Winterset IA 50273 515-462-2121

Young Explorers Daycare 620 North Chestnut Avenue Earlham IA 50072 515-758-8283

Young Explorers Ii 2 North Chestnut Avenue Earlham IA 50072 515-758-8283

About Madison County Daycares

Madison County Daycare is a service that supervises and cares for children too young to be left alone during periods when parents or guardians are unavailable, due to work or other commitments in Madison County, IA. Daycare services are typically used for children too young to attend school or preschool, or for school-aged children that need supervision immediately before or after school hours.

You may contact Daycares for questions about:
  • Madison County home, private, and public daycare programs
  • After school programs and supervision
  • Madison County childcare programs and services
  • Educational programming
  • Health and safety policies and regulations
Types of Daycare

Daycare services in Madison County, Iowa come in a variety of forms, including Daycare Centers operated by private businesses, non-profit and religious organizations, and government agencies, as well as Home Daycares run by individuals. While Daycare usually refers to the supervision and care of children, somewhat comparable services for elderly or disabled adults also exist, which are usually referred to as Madison County Adult Daycares.

Iowa Licensed Daycare

All Daycare services are regulated extensively by Iowa State agencies. The regulation and licensing of Daycare services usually falls within the Iowa Human Services Department or the Office of Early Childhood. Regulations concerning Madison County Daycare services address staffing levels, the design and safety of physical spaces, accessibility, food, and programming. Madison County background checks of all staff members are almost universally required.

Madison County Daycare Centers

Daycare Centers are operations that provide daycare in a setting other than a private home. They are typically larger and provide a classroom-style format that groups children by age. Most Madison County Daycare Centers offer structured programming, and many are accredited as providers of early learning programs. Iowa State regulations determine how many adult staff members are required per child, based on the children's age. Infants typically require at least one adult for every three infants. The ratio of children to adults increases with the children's age to a maximum of approximately ten children per adult staff members, though this varies by state. Daycare Centers are usually owned and operated by Madison County private businesses, non-profit organizations, or religious organizations. Government involvement in Daycare is usually limited to subsidizing Daycare costs for low-income families, though there are some examples of government owned and operated Daycare Centers in Madison County.

Madison County Home Daycares

Home Daycares are run by an individual and provide childcare in a home in Madison County, Iowa. The licensing requirements and regulations for Home Daycares differ somewhat from Daycare Centers. In addition to adult to children ratios, IA law imposes a total maximum number of children that can be cared for in a single home. Safety and design requirements also differ from Daycare Centers.