About Our Center

About Loving Arms Kids Care

Loving Arms Kids Care is a fully licensed DHS Child Care Center with classrooms for ages 6 weeks to 12 years. We have six classrooms that operate throughout the year. Learn more about the structure of our classrooms here: Childcare Rooms. We provide breakfast, lunch and a PM snack and prioritize a nutritiously dense menu featuring local foods when possible. 

Our Kids Care program is for elementary aged children and has a before and after school program during the school year and a robust summer camp in June-August. Our BASP program includes transportation to and from school for select area schools. Currently this includes Lemme Elementary, Hoover Elementary and Lucas Elementary. 

To learn more about our curriculum, enrichment programming, and tuition - please see below. 

Enrichment Programs

Social Emotional Learning

Music & Art

Large outdoor space with playgrounds

Kids Care Field Trips

Librarian visits to the Center from ICPL

Pre-K Field Trips (Indigo)

Swimming (Summer Camp)

Yearly Pictures

Learn more at Enrichment Programs

A visit to the Iowa City Public Library!

Indigo (4/5) Classroom conducting an expieriment on what melts ice faster - salt water or regular water. 


LAKC is heavily focused on providing a curriculum that is centered around social emotional wellbeing. During the first five years of life, a child's brain does 90% of its growing. This is a crucial time for growth and we are committed to training our staff to feel equipped to help children navigate these very important foundational years. 

Our classrooms provide experiences with sensory activities, fine motor practice, large motor opportunities, art, plenty of outdoor time, literacy and age appropriate math, science, and STEAM activities. 

Children who benefit from specific special needs support or positive behavior intervention are met with a positive, supportive environment that is focused on connection building. 

Tuition rates

Loving Arms Kids Care is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Childcare Center

Do you want to help support Loving Arms?  As a non-profit organization, any donations (monetary or items) are tax deductible. Your donations help our center with operational costs, payroll costs so that we can provide our staff a livable wage for their hard work and support iniatives to provide the children in our care with new expieriences. We also utilize funds and donations for furthering the training of our staff in areas like classroom management, behavior supports and special needs support. 

Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/PL60IUQQ3W3C?ref_=wl_share 

Monthly Classroom Wishlists: https://tinyurl.com/LAKCwishlist

Monetary donations can be sent via mail to:

Loving Arms Kids Care
2675 E Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52245


"Loving Arms Early Learning Center is a great daycare! My 3 year old has been there about a year and a half and has just blossomed under the guidance of the teaching staff. She routinely comes home spouting about beluga whales or my personal favorite "cumulonimbus clouds". The curriculum is engaging and she'll be more than ready for kindergarten when the time comes. The Director is great and puts the kids and staff first. She is routinely seen in the classrooms or has lunch with the kids all the time. I highly recommend it!" 

-Brandon Johnson

"The Rainbow Room (4 year-olds) currently has 9 kids in it that have been together at Loving Arms for over 3 years now. My son is fortunate enough to go to a daycare in which he has been able to form long-term friendships with his classmates, learning and developing from 18 months (and younger) all the way to preparing for kindergarten." 

-Risa Dotson Eicke

"My family has attended Loving Arms since April 2016.  The teachers create such a friendly family oriented environment where all children feel welcome to learn and enjoy their friends throughout the day during open play and learning activities.  The staff are very friendly and always available to answer questions or help out with whatever is needed." - Will Urion

Our center offers large indoor and outdoor spaces for our children to play and learn. 

This space is graciously offered by St. Mark's Methodist Church with whom we maintain a close working relationship, however we are independent of their religious practices.