To provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to thrive.
Our Philosophy, Mission Statement & Other Information
We at GCCDC, believe that our program and services offer developmentally appropriate curriculum and we strive to enhance social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth in young children. Our program fosters curiosity, creativity and self-esteem by taking into account children’s abilities and interests. Child initiated and teacher supported play is an essential component of our program. We are committed to providing an environment that nurtures growth through connections and play.
The mission of GCCDC is Nurturing Growth Through Connections and Play.
GCCDC is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Standards & Licensing
Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – GCCDC is licensed by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. The center is required to be inspected and licensed annually by HHS. This license resembles the center’s compliance with the State of Iowa’s standards and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all children. GCCDC is licensed to care for 178 children at our location. The State of Iowa designates all employees of GCCDC as mandatory reporters of child abuse and
neglect. Employees are required to participate in the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Mandatory Reporter Training upon hiring and again as mandated. Employees are required to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Health and Human Services for investigation. A copy of the law and toll-free number to report child abuse are posted in the center.
Iowa Quality for Kids (IQ4K)
IQ4K is Iowa’s new quality and rating and improvement system. GCCDC participates in Iowa’s IQ4K which is a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and child care programs that are operated by school districts. IQ4K was developed to raise the quality of child care in Iowa, to increase the number of children in high-quality care settings, and to educate parents about quality in child care.
President – Amy Rieck Chief Human Resources Officer, Greater Regional Health
Vice President – Kristie Nixon ECE/PAT Director, Southwestern Community College
Secretary – Julie Lang Head Start Director, MATURA Head Start
Treasurer – Susan McNichols Compliance Officer, First National Bank
Member – Mindy Stalker Executive Director, Union County Development Association
Member – Callie Anderson Principal, Creston Community School
Member – Hannah Shady Executive Director, LC Clinic and Pregnancy Resource Center
Member – Amber Vicker Production Manager, BUNN