Child Care Services & Resources
Athletics for Education and Success (AFES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to help the youth and families of Fort Dodge and Webster County by providing hope and motivation for them. We aim to do this by any means necessary, giving the youth and parents the power to decide what they need, want and what may help them be successful. We offer our youth after-school programs, sports teams, mentoring groups, drum line groups, educational and cultural opportunities and much more. In addition to providing exceptional programming, we provide our youth with a sense of belonging and the determination to succeed.
If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected, call the Abuse Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be ready to provide identifying information and the whereabouts of the child. You may remain anonymous.
Community Early Childhood Center is dedicated to offering services that build youth in the community. They offer childcare and early learning opportunities for infants through 12 years including after-school education, positive youth support, children’s homelessness and youth enrichment. Their after-school program provides children with a safe, consistent and positive learning environment where they encourage the development of new friendships, a sense of belonging, positive staff interactions and hands-on activities including arts and crafts, outdoor recreation and music as they discover more about the world around them.
Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a program supporting quality child care throughout the State of Iowa. CCR&R is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. Child Care Consultants provide on-site consultation to licensed preschools, centers, non-registered home providers and Child Care Development Home providers.
Linking Families and Communities is devoted to empowering parents in raising happy, healthy children by providing families with educational, economic and health support by coordinating services with community resources. Linking Families and Communities provides information, referral and support to families.
Opportunity Village opened its first Children’s Autism Center in Clear Lake in 2013 and has expanded services to the Fort Dodge area. The center offers hope for families overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum.
Prairie Lakes AEA is one of nine Area Education Agencies created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. Support to local schools is provided through three service areas: Educational Services, Information & Technology and Special Education. Prairie Lakes AEA supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal–to improve student learning. Our region stretches over 14 counties including 40 public and 11 accredited nonpublic schools.
Rabiner Treatment Center provides a full continuum of services for the youth they serve. Their programming, which includes residential and non-residential care, is geared to meet a wide variety of client needs. Core services include on-campus education; individual, family and group counseling; skill development; vocational training; community volunteerism and community service and restitution. Non-residential programs include an alternative school suspension center, GED, vocational training, placement for children needing a more structured school environment. Their program employs cognitive restructuring and skill development to help youth focus on identifying and changing irresponsible thinking patterns. With a comprehensive continuum of treatment services that support safety, permanency and well-being, their evidence-based cognitive/behavioral approach reinforces pro-social behaviors.
Provides public health programs, home health services, nursing care, health counseling and immunizations and vaccinations. Additional services also include screenings, CPR/First Aid classes, nutrition programs, environmental health services, senior health, adolescent mental health, communicable diseases, maternal health, child health, developmental screenings, Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and a child care nurse consultant program. Other programs managed by the Webster County Health Department include: Family Foundations, Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-i), I-Smile Dental Health, Prescriptions for Kids, Teen Information Pregnancy Prevention Program (TIPP), Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program, Webster County Family Planning Clinic and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program.
Call the Health Department with questions Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. An on-call nurse is also available 24/7 for questions/concerns.
The agency provides home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and center-based preschool services for 3 and 4 year olds. Services address health, nutrition and language development; social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Programs support school readiness and family well-being. In providing services, Y.O.U.R., Inc. relies on additional community resource agencies to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency and to help children reach their full potential. Sensory and development screenings are completed with each child and research-based ongoing assessment tracks their progress.