Tipton Adaptive Daycare, LLC



Tipton Adaptive Daycare offers care for children with special medical needs or disabilities in an integrated environment with their non-disabled peers. We also provide services for children with behavioral or psychological needs. Though the daycare is considered a special needs daycare, the majority of children that attend the daycare do not have special needs.

Our director is a registered nurse and pre-school teacher with over 20 years of experience working with children and individuals with disabilities.

In most daycares for children with special needs, a nurse stops by briefly for medications and treatments, or your child may not be seen by a nurse at all.  With a nurse onsite providing care and observation, early detection and intervention can occur before problems escalate.

When children are healthy, they are better prepared to learn and reach their developmental potential.

More information on services in Iowa for people with disabilities can be found at  

To request additional information, or to enroll your child, call 563-886-3143 or email Mrs.V@TiptonAdaptiveDaycare.com


1325 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772

Tipton Adaptive Daycare, LLC is located on Highway 38 near the north edge of Tipton.
Our daycare is a licensed child care center.   Our center is wheelchair accessible, and we have a fenced play yard. 

Tipton Adaptive Daycare is the 2014 statewide winner of the Dream Big Grow Here small business grant competition and is an Iowa certified Targeted Small Business.

More information on daycare licensing can be found at the DHS WEBSITE and the Child Care Nutrition Program for child care centers at the IOWA DEPT. OF EDUCATION WEBSITE.

Children attending Tipton Schools can ride the school bus to and from the daycare center.  Arrangements can be made with the school district for children with disabilities to be picked up in front of the daycare.

More information on Tipton Schools and the City of Tipton, Iowa can be found at  www.tiptoniowa.org


Tipton Adaptive Daycare offers full day, half day and drop-in child care services. We also offer two or three day morning preschool classes. Lunch is included with our preschool classes so that the children can benefit from the learning that occurs during our family-style meals. There is no requirement to be potty trained for any of our programs.

Our Early Preschool for two- and three-year-olds is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  As two- and three-year-olds begin to express their independence, our Early Preschool program introduces them to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. We focus on learning about ourselves and the world around us while developing social skills, communication skills, self-regulation and self-help skills. Our holistic and nurturing approach in the classroom engages young minds with the early learning fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool, with a rich blend of music, art, literature and dramatic play. Our Early Preschoolers develop social skills and learn to cooperate with friends and take turns through group activities and opportunities for unstructured, child-directed play with their peers.

Our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten class is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This program is for children aged 3 1/2 through 5 years-old that are ready for a more structured preschool curriculum. We introduce pre-academic skills for kindergarten readiness while developing executive function skills and social skills that help the children be successful in school and in life. As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they feel ready to take on the world. Our curriculum enhances that confidence by providing activities to help three- to five-year-old children become problem solvers and develop a love of lifelong learning. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, communication and social skills. Our classrooms are inclusive so that the children are part of a diverse learning community. Basic sign language is incorporated into our daily routine.

We accept DHS Title XX child care assistance and Promise Jobs reimbursement. We are no longer a Medicaid Waiver HCBS provider, but will continue to offer IMMT, SCL and Respite through the Medicaid Consumer Choice Option. For more information, click this link and contact your case manager. We are an approved provider for the Operation Military Child Care Program for dependents of deployed military members. Pre-school scholarships are available through Cedar-Jones Early Childhood Iowa.  http://www.cedar-jones-earlychildhoodiowa.org/. We also provide in-home Medicaid services for adults and children that are unable to receive care in a group environment.

Any child between the ages of 2 weeks and 18 years can receive care at the center, but children with disabilities or special medical needs are given priority on our waiting list.

We are open 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, except major holidays.  After hours respite is available by appointment. Additional hours and days will be available at the center if there is sufficient demand for the additional shifts. Second shift waiting lists are now available.


An adaptive curriculum and activities are provided to all age groups, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed for school-readiness and development of executive function skills.  Activities are variable to allow all children to participate, regardless of physical disability or developmental delay.  Our daily routine is flexible to meet the changing needs of the children.

Children with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy, are encouraged to participate in symptom recognition and disease management as appropriate.  Therapists are welcome to meet with their clients while they are at daycare.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide high quality child care that incorporates the unique needs of each child to maximize each child's progress toward independent functioning in self-help, social, cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, self-regulation and communication skills.


Vision Statement:


Our vision is to provide child care that allows all children to participate in age-appropriate activities as independently as possible, and in the least restrictive environment, regardless of physical or intellectual disability, developmental delay or special medical needs.



  1. Respect - Each child and their family have unique needs and abilities, and they are not defined by a diagnosis or condition.
  2. Empowerment - Children benefit from learning how to do things on their own more than they benefit from having things done for them.
  3. Inclusiveness - Provide care in a natural environment so that the children have opportunities for the same experiences as their non-disabled peers while receiving the specialized services they need.
  4. Partnership - Collaborate with other community and state agencies to help meet the needs of the children and their families and to provide appropriate referrals.
  5. Integrity - We have a responsibility to use ethical behavior in all interactions with clients, volunteers, and the community.

Tipton Adaptive Daycare, LLC would like to thank the Cedar County Empowerment Board, The Variety Club of Iowa, the Iowa Afterschool Association, and the Iowa Dream Big Grow Here small business grant competition for their generous grants to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of our program.

We'd also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their donations of time, labor, materials and/or equipment to our center construction project: Chase & Candace Scott, Kelly Jackson, Virginia Rosche, Eric & Gail Daniels, Jeff Crane, Rachel Lewis, Debbie Mandella, Amanda Gassman, Don & Rita Drager, Randy Astufflebeam, Larry Hodgden, Tim Lurttjohann, Zach Quick, Kyler Haedike, Jessica Gregorcyk, Jesse Ford, Randal, Bran, Tyler, Corrine & Meghan VanderGaast, ATG Stores, Wesco Manufacturing, Rockwell Pigments, Easter Seals, Mom's Crowded Closet, National Foundation for the Blind and our anonymous toy donors.

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