Ankeny, IA
Child Care

Free diapers, clothing, formula plus free and reduced cost daycare services for children of families in need. There are 16 child care programs in the Ankeny, Iowa area.

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Ankeny , IA 50021

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Services: is a safe and trusted conduit that offers families and care providers in Ankeny , IA a chance to easily connect, share care giving experiences, and get advice. The company addresses the different care needs a family may go through the life cycle; be it child care, special needs care, tutoring, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. The service enables families to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references for hundreds of thousands of mom and families.

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Low and reduced cost childcare in Ankeny , IA.

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Ankeny , IA

All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
-- Blaise Pascal

Alpha Women's Center - Ankeny

2 Miles Away

406 South West School Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-7885

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ALPHA WOMEN'S CENTER is a Baptist pro life organization dedicated to providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to those with needs related to pregnancy, sexuality, parenting issues and post-abortion stress Services:


PARENTING EDUCATION: Classes, videos and books on prenatal and parenting skills, first aid, nutrition, safety, etc. Some classes available in Spanish.

BABY CLOSET: clothing (for ages 0-2 years), diapers, wipes, formula, and linens To receive free items must attend classes in parenting, prenatal, Bible study, WIC or doctor appointments Emergency help also available.






Ankeny: Mon and Wed 9 am-5 pm

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.
-- Michel Eyquem

Young Women's Resource Center

11 Miles Away

818 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 244-4901

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YOUNG WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER provides therapy and education to pregnant and parenting young women, ages 10-21

PREVENTION SERVICES through a variety of groups, as well as individual counseling.

PERINATAL SERVICES to pregnant and parenting young women ages 10-21.

DONATIONS of diapers, formula, women's personal care items, and clothing are accepted.

MISSION is to support, educate, and advocate for young women (ages 11-21) as they experience life's challenges.

Mon-Thu 8 am-5 pm, Fri 8 am-12 noon

Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters. - Letters to Young Men.
-- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

Stork's Nest (VNS)

11 Miles Away

1200 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 558-9950

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STORK'S NEST offers an opportunity for pregnant or newly parenting women to earn needed baby items and to receive prenatal and parenting education Participants work with a trained point manager to earn points for taking healthy steps for the well-being of the mother and baby The points can be spent in the Stork's Nest for needed baby care items including diapers, clothing, cribs and car seats Program participants can also attend prenatal and parenting classes.

See separate listings for these VNS programs:

By Appointment Mon-Fri 7:45 am-4:30 pm; Open hours Wed noon-4:30 pm, Fri 9 am-12 noon

Resolve to make each day the very best and don't let anyone get in your way. If they do, step on them.
-- Ivan Benson

Visiting Nurse Services (VNS)

11 Miles Away

1111 Ninth Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 288-1516

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VISITING NURSE SERVICES OF IOWA includes a variety of programs, including:

ADULT HEALTH MAINTENANCE CLINICS provide blood pressure check; foot care; blood glucose, hemoglobin and total cholesterol tests Services are provided at local community and senior centers, and other community locations. 515-558-9591.

HOME HEALTH CARE Services are provided to individuals with rehabilitation needs or chronic health conditions who are residing in their homes and are unable to access Health Care Services in a clinical setting, or could be best served at home Skilled Registered Nurses provide services, including wound care; medication administration; physical assessments; monitoring vital signs; infusion therapy; catheter care; nutrition assessment; health education and home safety assessments Social Workers provide case management, counseling and access to community resources Home Care Aides provide assistance with home management, personal care, meal preparation and laundry. Residents of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Story and Warren Counties who are insured or uninsured; also accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and provide a sliding fee scale based on income and financial resources 515-558-9591.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES program offers therapy groups, individual, couples and family counseling conducted by a mental health counselor Counseling services can be used to address any number of challenges including treatment for children/youth with SED, stress management, relationship issues, communication, parenting and any other situation causing distress. 515-558-9946

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM provides nursing visits to pregnant and parenting women living in Clinton, Dallas, Jackson, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk, Poweshiek and Scott Counties Services include: prenatal and postpartum health education, child development screening. Interpretation services are available for Spanish, Somali, Karen, Burmese, Chin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Swahili, Nuer, Bendi, Laotian, Thai Dom and Thai-speaking mothers and families. 515-558-9946.

STORYBOOK PROJECT supports children with incarcerated parents by enhancing the relationship between the child and their parent due to the difficult period of separation Community volunteers help organize monthly reading sessions at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, the Newton Correctional Facility and the Iowa Correctional Release Center in Newton Volunteers assist incarcerated parents and grandparents with selecting and reading a book to their child via recording, and sending the book and recording home to their child The program also offers a parenting class for mothers at the ICIW in Mitchellville 515-288-1516.

CARE FOR KIDS/EPSDT provides health information to families, referrals to health providers that accept Title 19, health education, parenting education and referrals to community resources and services The program also provides transportation to health care appointments, available to Medicaid recipients under age 21 To receive transportation, families must call by noon at least 2 business days before the scheduled appointment to receive transportation Care for Kids serves families in Clinton, Jackson, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk and Poweshiek Counties Services are provided in English and Spanish. 515-283-1422.

STORK'S NEST offers an opportunity for pregnant women to earn needed baby items and to receive prenatal and parenting education. Pregnant or newly parenting women in Polk County who are living on an income less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level Participants are eligible to participate Stork's Nest participants work with a trained point manager to earn points for taking healthy steps for the well-being of the fetus and newborn The points can be spent in the Stork's Nest for needed baby care items including diapers, clothing, cribs and car seats Program participants can also attend prenatal and parenting classes through the Stork's Nest Services are provided in English, Spanish and other languages, as available 515-558-9950.

POLK COUNTY HEALTHY START AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS offer voluntary case management services to families that would like extra support to ensure a healthy mom, healthy child and healthy family Services include home visits; prenatal, postpartum and parenting education; child development screening and education; support and therapy groups; links to other resources; parent involvement opportunities; transportation to and from healthcare and other appointments; and interpretation services. Bilingual case managers and interpreters are available for non-English speaking families, as available Referrals can be made by a physician, social worker, family member or friend 515-558-9946.

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM offers companionship and assistance with daily living needs to homebound adults through the Senior Companion Program. The program recruits and trains adult seniors, age 55+, who provide support to homebound adults in Polk and Warren Counties to help them maintain a happy, healthy life at home. Senior Companions assist with picking up medication; providing respite for caregivers and family members; and companionship. 515-558-9957.

FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM provides one-on-one assistance to high risk children with special and exceptional needs who attend elementary and preschools in Polk County Foster Grandparents are low-income elderly volunteers who receive an hourly stipend and reimbursement for volunteer related expenses such as transportation and meals with students as part of their volunteer work Foster Grandparents are matched with children who are from low-income households; perform academically below grade level; have mental or physical disabilities; and/or are diagnosed with a behavior disorder In schools, Foster Grandparents are matched with identified students to provide one-on-one support including reading assistance; clarifying and translating group instructions; and helping a child stay focused and on-task In child care and preschool settings, Foster Grandparents act as a calming influence for children and assist in the development of motor and learning skills and self-help skills. 515-558-9975.

1ST FIVE assists medical practitioners in Polk and Dallas Counties to provide social/emotional, family stress and parental depression screenings during well-child medical exams Providers refer families with elevated risk factors to the 1st Five program, which provides care coordination to link children and families to needed community resources and services, including counseling, food assistance, housing, child development programs and support for children with specialized needs After resource and referral information is provided to the family, the VNS of Iowa Care Coordinator then apprises the referring medical provider to the outcome of the referral. 515-558-9608.

EARLY ACCESS IOWA is a free statewide, central point of contact and directory for children with disabilities and specialized needs, their families, their service providers and other members of the community Early ACCESS provides information and referrals to community-based services through a website, an online searchable resource directory and a toll-free telephone service Information specialists are available via telephone and e-mail, Mon-Fri 8am-7pm 1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371) or visit


Mon-Fri 7:45 am-4:30 pm

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-- Shaquille O'Neal

Des Moines Community Action Agency

11 Miles Away

1618 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 248-6216


LIHEAP (low income heating assistance program) provides assistance with utility bill. Applications are accepted November 1st

Office Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am-5 pm; Tue & Thu 8 am-7 pm; Food Pantry Mon-Fri 11 am-12:45 pm and 3 pm-close of business

Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor.
-- Ulysses S. Grant

Catholic Charities - Des Moines

11 Miles Away

601 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 244-3761

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES is a non-profit, social service organization and serves central and southwest Iowa

COUNSELING SERVICES provides supportive relationships to individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues. Work with people of all faiths and offer services at several locations. Offer bilingual counseling in Des Moines, Perry and Osceola. Insurance is accepted and there is a sliding fee scale for those who do not have any insurance. 515-244-3761.


Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am-4:30 pm, Tue & Thu 8 am-6 pm

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Agape Pregnancy Center Inc.

11 Miles Away

2550 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 255-0243

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AGAPE PREGNANCY CENTER offers free pregnancy tests, STD tests, information about pregnancy, parenting materials, abortion procedures and risk information, adoption and post-abortion counseling.

MUST CALL FIRST for assistance with clothing or diapers.

DONATIONS, the following donations are accepted: Baby and children's clothing, children's books, maternity clothes, toys and games, furniture Donations of household items and nice small furniture are sold to raise money for the program All items must be clean. Call for an appointment to drop items off.

Mon and Thu 10:30am-6:30pm, Tue 10:30am-4:30pm

There are no office hours for leaders.
-- Cardinal J. Gibbons

St. Mary Family Center

11 Miles Away

1815 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 262-7290

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FINANCIAL AID is no longer provided.

CLOTHING CLOSET: offers clothes for all ages.

FOOD PANTRY (DMARC) AND PERSONAL PANTRY: provides family food boxes, as well as bread, dairy and produce daily when available When available can offer personal hygiene items, including diapers and formula - once per month per family Must live in designated DMARC area.

Mon-Fri 10 am-3:30 pm

The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.
-- Earl Nightingale

Salvation Army Family Services

11 Miles Away

1326 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 282-3422

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COMPASSION IN ACTION SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM helps those who need assistance with rent and utilities. Administers emergency financial aid programs for the Des Moines Area Religious Council. Funds are intended for dire need situations and when no other community resource is available to meet the need Funds available for the first 15 people daily based on funds. By Appointment only: must call on Mondays between 8:15am-10am to make an appointment and speak to someone in person.

FOOD PANTRY (only) is based on a set geographical area in the city of Des Moines

CRIBS AND CARSEATS for children/babies are available via referrals from a referral agency (such as Visiting Nurse Services, Health Inc., etc.) only Families cannot come in and receive assistance for cribs and car seats without a referral.

DIAPERS and FORMULA for babies are based on donations received and DMARC Parents must have a photo ID and either the child's birth certificate or Title 19 card and/or WIC book Open to all of Polk County and surrounding area

MEALS: HOMELESS MOBILE CANTEEN serves breakfast starting at 5am on Tuesday and Friday mornings at the following locations: Churches United, YMCA, the neighborhood area of 6th Ave. and Forest Ave. and Laurel Village (on Tuesdays and Fridays only).

HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE includes Toys for Tots, food for the family for Christmas. Call for more information. Sign-up days Nov. 5-9.

DONATIONS are accepted (monetary, clothing, furniture, household, baby & personal items).

Financial Assistance By Appointment only (call on Mon 8:15 am-10 am to make an appointment); Food Pantry Mon-Fri 9 am-11:30 am and 1 pm-3:30 pm

Make the iron hot by striking it.
-- Oliver Cromwell

Cross Ministries -Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church

11 Miles Away

1050 24th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 279-9998

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CROSS MINISTRIES is an outreach program established to assist people in crisis with basic survival needs such as rent, rent deposits, mortgage payments, utility bills, birth certificates, etc. CROSS can sometimes assist with vouchers for laundry, bus tokens and storage costs. Other services:

HYGIENE PANTRY includes items such as soap, shampoo, paper products, tooth brushes, toothpaste, diapers, etc


FOOD PANTRY open Wed 3pm-6pm and Sat 9am-noon; bring ID for each person, and a current piece of mail No geographic boundaries.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROGRAM distributes school supplies for Head Start -12th grade. August 9, 2012 5 pm-8 pm and August 10, 2012 10 am-12 noon (or until supplies are gone). Bring proof of income and IDs for all family members

RENT DEPOSIT assistance does not require a letter from General Assistance (need to bring Landlord statement, proof of income and expenses for the last 30 days.)

Tue-Fri 9 am-12 noon and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm (Office Hours), Specific hours for financial assistance vary

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
-- Frederico Fellini