Welcome to Van Meter United Methodist Kids Care

Director: Jess Jaspers
Kids Care Phone: 491-1198
Email: kidscare@vmumc.com

Kids Care schedule and fees

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Kids Care is now hiring.
Kids Care Is Hiring
Kids Care is looking to hire quality individuals to entertain and monitor school age children for after school hours and for the remainder of the summer. To schedule an interview, please email Jess Jaspers at kidscare@vmumc.com.

Enrollment forms:

We have openings this FALL for children who will be attending afternoon preschool in Van Meter.
Fall 2021 enrollment form (preschool-age)

Summer 2021 enrollment is closed.
Fall 2021 enrollment (K - age 12) is closed, but we still have pre-school spots available.

2022 Enrollment
Summer 2022 enrollment will open to new families on a first-come, first-served basis on January 3, 2022.
Fall 2022 enrollment for before- and after-school care will open to new families February 7, 2022.

Kids Care Parent Handbook

Kids Care logo

Statement of Purpose
• Kids Care is a not-for-profit DHS licensed childcare center for ages 4-12.
• It is an outreach ministry of the Van Meter United Methodist church to Van Meter and surrounding communities.
• It is our purpose to provide quality before and after school child care to elementary children. We will help develop character-building traits such as respect, responsibility, and charity to others through organized activities, including Bible stories, devotions, and prayer.
• Our activities will foster an awareness of Christ, such as actions and attitudes in our response to others and self. We will strive to create an atmosphere where the connections between faith and life can be made.
• We operate a facility to meet the needs of children in compliance with the law of the State of Iowa.

Health Procedures
We have procedures to help us stay safe and healthy. Key elements include:
* All children will be dropped off by parents or guardians at the kitchen door.
* All children will wash their hands right as they walk into the church.

Kids Care Schedule
• School year hours are


K-5 children
Monday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00a.m. and 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00a.m. and 1:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. (early release)

children ages 4-5 attending PM preschool session at Van Meter Elementary
Monday-Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

• We are closed on all major holidays: part of Christmas break, July 3-4, Thanksgiving & the day after, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
• Un-scheduled early dismissal / late start days from school: Child care will be provided for an additional $5 per day.
• In-service days, spring break: care will be provided for $27/day per child.
• If the school is closed due to weather, Kids Care will also be closed.
• Summer Hours: 6:45 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
• Summer Program begins the week of May 31. (We are closed Memorial Day.)

K-5 Transportation to/from School
The school provides bus transportation. Pick Up is at approximately 7:50 a.m. and drop off at approximately 3:15 p.m.


School Year (2021-2022) Fee Schedule

• $25.00 registration fee (non-refundable)
• Morning care only - $40.00 / week
• Afternoon care only - $59.00 / week
• Both A.M. and P.M. care - $92.00 / week
• No-School Days - $30.00 / day
• Unscheduled early dismissals & late starts - additional $5 / day





• $25.00 registration fee (non-refundable)
• $165.00 / week
• No-School Days - additonal $11.00 / day
• Unscheduled early dismissals & late starts - additional $5 / day


Summer 2021 Fee Schedule

$15 registration fee (non-refundable)
full week $155
2 days $68
  Field trips are now included


Kids Care kids explore Kids Care kids get out to play.

Director: Jess Jaspers
Phone: 491-1198 . . . . . . . . . . . . Email: Kidscare@vmumc.com