Cedar Rapids Preschool + Child Care Guide

Cedar Rapids Preschool Guide

Disclosure: We are frequently asked about early childhood programs and recommendations for preschools and child care in Cedar Rapids and understand that picking a school or child care center that fits your child’s and your family’s needs can be an overwhelming task. We are thrilled to provide this guide resource, brought to you by our featured sponsors!  We hope this guide makes the process a little easier as you begin your search!


Cedar Valley Montessori School exists to help children ages two through six grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually in an environment that emphasizes individualized learning and respect. CVMS programs are structured to create thoughtful, independent and confident learners who have respect for themselves and the world around them. Our mission is to remain consistent with what Dr. Maria Montessori said, did, and wrote to create an individualized early education experience which will allow children to progress at their own rate along their developmental path. We are centrally located in downtown Cedar Rapids, with seven newly remodeled, spacious, natural light-filled classrooms, a large, multi-use indoor atrium and gymnasium, a securely fenced outdoor play area and a state-of-the-art security system. You may sign up for our programs as early as Birth! Call today to schedule your tour!

AGES: 2-6 years old 

HOURS: Programming available M-F 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

110 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids


Summit Schools’ PreKindergarten (PreK) program features a strong phonics reading curriculum, and daily math and science instruction. Summit’s PreK prepares children for elementary school in a calm and nurturing learning environment. PreK students at Summit also enjoy several field trips throughout the year, and weekly exploratory instruction in art, music, Spanish, and PE/wellness. Summit is the only accredited, independent, non-parochial PreK-8th grade school in Cedar Rapids, and is known throughout the community for its personalized education and small class sizes. Call today to schedule a personal tour to see the difference a Summit education can make!

2021 note: Summit is following the guidelines of the Linn County Public Health and CDC during the pandemic requiring face masks/shields and social distancing for the safety of our students and staff.

AGES: 4-6 year olds (5 days/week)  

HOURS: School hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  (Half-day PreK option: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Before/after school care available 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

1010 Regent S NE, Cedar Rapids


Caring Corner Christian Day Care & Preschool is a well-rounded program for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old that builds spiritual, academic, and social development. Your child will be nurtured in an environment that promotes sharing, caring, loving and respecting others based on Christian principles. We are open 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday, Year-Round. We offer transportation for before and after school care in the Marion and Linn-Mar school districts.

A ministry of The Church on Northland (First Baptist Church/Church of the Brethren) at 5200 Northland Ave NE Cedar Rapids (319) 377-8490. Visit our website or Facebook page: www.thechurchonnorthland.com/caring-corner or www.facebook.com/CaringCornerCR

AGES: 6 weeks-12 years

HOURS: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

5200 Northland Ave NE, Cedar Rapids


At Trinity Early Childhood Academy our students discover and develop their unique individual abilities and talents and become confident, responsible and compassionate leaders who are “equipped to do the work God has planned in advance for them to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).  From safety measures to timely communication, our parents value Trinity Early Childhood Academy’s secure, dependable environment for their children. Our students grow and strengthen skills pertinent to lifelong success, with emphasis on social-emotional development, independence, and critical thinking.  Each classroom’s structured day, and low child to teacher ratios, give staff more time for meaningful, individualized interaction. Discover the difference: tours are offered every Thursday between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Drop-in or call to learn more!

AGES: 18 months – 6 years old / Full-time and Part-time Options Available / School-Age Summer Academy

HOURS: M – F 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

1361 7th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids


KidsPoint Child Care offers high quality, licensed preschool programs at two convenient locations throughout Cedar Rapids {Downtown and C Street}. Taught by experienced, caring teachers, KidsPoint’s research-based curriculum ensures your little one is progressing socially, cognitively, and physically in a “home-away-from-home” setting. KidsPoint instills a love of learning through exploration-driven skill development and engaging activities to help your child learn and grow. Call today for more information!

AGES: 2-5 year olds (Full-Time)

      KidsPoint Downtown: M-F 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
      KidsPoint C Street:  M-F 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Downtown: 318 5th Street SE
C Street: 5830 C Street SW

Downtown:  (319) 365-1636

C Street: (319) 841-4055


Lovely Lane Preschool is a Christian preschool that has been providing education to children 2-5 yrs for over 50 years.  We offer tuition based morning preschool for 2s and 3s and FREE morning or afternoon preschool for 4s and 5s.  We are a licensed facility with DHS which requires our staff to be trained in first aid, CPR and complete yearly early childhood professional development. Our lead teachers are licensed teachers with a degree in elementary/early childhood.  All children are welcome at our facility, including those not potty trained.

AGES: 2-5 year olds 

HOURS: Morning or Afternoon

2424 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids


Noah’s Ark Preschool has been providing quality education with a Christian emphasis since 1969. Two days through five days a week are offered for students ages 3 through AK. We provide a nurturing, supportive learning environment that builds self-esteem and creates a foundation to build academic skills and kindergarten readiness. Located on the corner of  E Ave and Stoney Point Road NW (next to Cherry Hill Pool)

AGES: 3 year olds – AK

HOURS: Various options

6455 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids


This is an A-Z listing of reader-recommended preschools in Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha. Do you know of a great preschool we should include? Let us know!! Send an email to info (at) crmoms.com. *Some of these preschools also offer daycare or primary school options as well.


All Saints Catholic School
Calvary Christian Preschool
Caring Corner Christian Daycare & Preschool
Cedar Rapids Day School
Cedar Rapids Community School District
Cedar Rapids Community School District Five Seasons Learning Centers
Cedar Rapids Prairie Early Childhood Center
Cedar Valley Christian School
Cedar Valley Montessori School
Children’s Corner
Hand in Hand {Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion}
Harvest Christian Daycare & Learning Center
Head Start Programs {Multiple Locations}
Holloway House
Isaac Newton Christian Academy
Kids Inc
Kid’s Kampus
KidsPoint Learning Center {2 Locations}
KinderCare East
KinderCare West
La Petite Academy
Lily Pad Childcare & Preschool
Linn County Child Development Center
Little Cupcakes Childcare & Preschool
Lovely Lane Preschool
Noah’s Ark Preschool
Precious Moments Montessori Daycare & Preschool
Saving Grace Childcare & Preschool
Share and Care Preschool
St. Jude Catholic School
St. Matthew Catholic School
St. Paul’s UMC FOCUS Preschool
St. Pius X Catholic Early Learning Center
Trinity Lane Preschool
Trinity Lutheran School


Essential Montessori School
Hiawatha Day School
Little Lambs Christian Preschool
Mother Goose Early Learning Campus
Hiawatha Elementary
Viola Gibson Elementary


Ascension Lutheran Preschool
Linn Mar Little Lions Preschool
Marion Independent School District
Montessori School of Marion
Our Little Haven Daycare & Preschool
St. Joseph Catholic School
Wee Wisdom Preschool


All God’s Children – Shueyville
Benton Community School District
Center Point-Urbana Pointer Pups Preschool
Central Lutheran School – Newhall
Early Beginnings – Atkins & Van Horne
Lisbon Early Childhood Center
Little Learners – Robins
Mt. Vernon Community Preschool- Mt. Vernon
Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools
Mt. Vernon Community School District

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