Before and After School Childcare
All Day Childcare

Where All Children Are Special

Zion Lutheran Church
811 Oak Street
Atlantic, Iowa 50022
Phone: 712-243-7797

Mission Statement

The purpose of the “Kids Come First” Before/After School program is to provide an environment in which the children will grow emotionally, physically, an socially. We will offer a safe and nurturing After School Program for children and help to encourage each child to become a responsible and respectful part of the community.

The “Kids Come First” Before/ After School Program is a community-wide service for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, and will include preschoolers already enrolled in the Little Lambs Preschool. “Kids Come First” is a non-profit corporation funded by community support and user fees.

Our program offers a safe environment, healthy snacks, planned activities for all age groups and a quiet place to do homework.

“Kids Come First” Program services are available Monday through Friday, 5:30 am to 6:00 pm on school days. Our program is also available on in-service, snow days, and early out days. The program is located within the Zion Lutheran Church Building at 811 Oak Street.

The caring staff at Zion consists of a licensed child care director, and certified child care assistants who plan and supervise age appropriate activities. Tutoring and homework help is provided by adult volunteers.

Useful Information

Hours:  (During the School Year and Summer)

5:30 AM – 6:00 PM   


$2.25 per hour for 1 Child

$4.00 per hour for 2 Children

$5.25 per hour for 3 Children

Each additional Child is $1.75 per hour

**You will only be charged for the time that your child/children attends.

Parent’s Expectations of Zion’s Program

  1. Their children are cared for in a safe, supportive environment.

  2. They may visit with the Child Care Director about concerns related to their child or the program.

  3. They will be told about any misbehavior on the part of their child, and will visit with the Child Care Director in order to bring about improvement of the situation.

  4. They will be informed promptly if their child does not arrive at the Program according to his/her enrollment information.

  5. They will be regularly informed by the Child Care Director about Program activities.

Zion’s Program Expectations of Parents

  1. Pay fees on time as explained in the Fees and Payment Policy.

  2. Keep the child’s records up-to-date as explained on the Enrollment Forms.

  3. Pick up children on time as explained in Hours of Operation.

  4. Follow health guidelines as explained in Health and Safety Policy.

  5. Contact the Program if their child will not be attending on a scheduled day.

  6. Pay attention to any communications from the Child Care Director regarding their child’s behavior and cooperate in efforts to bring about improvements of the situation.

Children’s Expectations of Zion’s Program

  1. To have a safe, supportive, and consistent environment.

  2. To use all the program equipment, materials, and facilities on an equal basis.

  3. To receive respectful treatment.

  4. To have discipline that is fair and non-punitive.

  5. To receive nurturing care from staff members who are actively involved with them.

Zion’s Program’s Expectations of the Children

  1. To be responsible for their actions.

  2. To respect the school rules that guides them during the day and while at the program.

  3. To remain with the group and child care staff at all times.

  4. To take care of materials and equipment properly and return them to their place when finished or before taking out new ones.

  5. Arrive at Zion’s After School  Program promptly according to the enrollment information.