Our History

In 1988, a group of Akron-area citizens recognized the need for additional child care options in the community and established a committee representing parents, educators and school administrators, churches and business leaders to discuss options.

In August 1990, the Akron Children’s Center opened in the annex of Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron, Iowa.  The opening of the center was made possible by strong community support, including contributions of time, talents and resources.  The center opened with four staff members and served seven families.  Within just a few years, the center served 50 families and employed more than a dozen employees.

A preschool program was added in 1992.

In 1999, it became obvious that the Center was outgrowing the space at the Methodist Church.  The Center board and staff began researching options for a new facility.  Plans began for a new building and construction was made possible by government and local grants, community donations and fundraisers.

In 2004, we moved into the new building at 270 North 4th Street in Akron.  We are fortunate to have a facility that allows all childcare and preschool programs, as well as Head Start program to be in one building to better serve our children and area families.