Where Children Come to Learn & Grow

Providing your child with a curriculum and environment that you can rely on At Happy Time Child Development Center, we understand that your child’s care and education is a priority and that choosing the right program is a big decision. Whether you are looking for before school, after school programs, or both, Happy Time Child Development Center offers fun, education and quality care, all at an affordable price.

    • We believe that the family is the first and most important teacher in a child’s life and as educators we will respect and support that
    • We believe that young children learn through play and creative exploration
    • We believe that young children thrive in environments that are consistent, where the adults and the routines are reliable
    • We believe that young children benefit from an environment that is clean, safe and flexible to their needs
    • We believe young children need adults in their lives that are loving, caring and compassionate
    • We believe that each child is an individual and comes to us with a different set of moral and cultural values and that as educators, we will respect, support and cherish these differences
Mission Statement: To provide a high quality, safe, nurturing environment for children in which all families are supported so that they can learn and grow together.
Children thrive when their teachers are nurturing and committed to each of them. Our teachers enjoy working with children and their families to create a warm and consistent learning environment. All of our teachers are qualified, early childhood professionals who have met state standards. Each staff member must pass a thorough check of personal references and criminal and child abuse record checks. They also are CPR and First Aid certified and trained in Universal Precaution and Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. Each staff member is also required to participate in professional development opportunities related to child development and education. Each new staff member is fully oriented to the philosophy, policies and procedures and their classroom. Ongoing observation and evaluation occurs for each individual and recommendations or techniques are given on how to better care for the children.

We are fully licensed by the State of Iowa for 120 children. This includes infants (ages 6 weeks to 2 years) and preschool children and before/after school children (ages 3 years to 12 years). The Iowa Department of Human Services, as well as the Iowa State Fire Marshal inspects our center annually. We also participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and QRS and are inspected every 3 years. Maintaining a license in good status indicates that a program meets or exceeds guidelines in a variety of areas including health and safety, personnel, nutrition, environment and administration.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 6am-6pm We are closed:


      • New years Day
      • Memorial Day
      • 4th of July
      • Labor Day
      • Thanksgiving Day and day after
      • Christmas eve we close at 1pm
      • Christmas Day

We are open on some school holidays not listed above. Please Contact Us for specific dates.

Happy Time Child Development Center, Vinton, IA

Happy Time Child Development Center offers daycare from 6am to 6pm, Monday-Friday for ages infant-5 years old.

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Happy Time Child Development Center offers before and/or after school care at Tilford Elementary from 6am to 6pm, Monday-Friday for school age children 5-12 years old.