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

Enrollment forms:

Summer 2023 enrollment is closed.

Fall 2023 enrollment for preschool-aged children is now open.
Here is the enrollment form.

Fall 2023 enrollment for before- and after-school care is now open. Here is the enrollment form. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids Care Parent Handbook

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Statement of Purpose
• Kids Care is a not-for-profit DHS licensed childcare center for elementary-age students.
• 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 5:45 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00a.m. and 1:15 p.m. until 5:45 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 5:45 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 5:45 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 fee.
• In-service days, spring break: Child care will be available.
• If the school is closed due to weather, Kids Care will also be closed.
• Summer Hours: 7:00 a.m.- 5:45 p.m.
• Summer Program is tentatively scheduled to begin May22. This will change if the Van Meter School District's schedule changes.
• 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 (2023-2024) Fee Schedule


Children gather around a sidewalk chalk sign that says "Kids Care".Several children in matching shirts climb on an outdoor playground.

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