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ACPC was established in 1968 as the first nonprofit child care center in Ames. A group of interested community members, including some members of the First Christian Church, worked for several years to get the project off the ground. The center started with 35 children (ages 3-5 years). The First Christian Church offered use of its space. Since 1968, ACPC has grown steadily and added other sites as opportunities have arisen.

ACPC purchased the former Willson-Beardshear Building in 2013.  ACPC Main Center and Preschool Programs are now located at 920 Carroll Avenue.  We are able to provide childcare to more families, offer child cooking activities and expand our skill building for physical movements in our indoor gym.

ACPC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which must include a majority of parents of children enrolled in the center at large. The Board members serve a three-year term and are involved in all facets of center life. The Board appoints an Executive Director to administer the center. Elizabeth Miner is the Executive Director, Sandee Bodholdt is the Assistant Director and Allison Brennan is the School-Age Coordinator.