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About Us

ACPC's Mission is to provide consistent, reliable, safe, affordable childcare to Ames area children that engages each child and encourages his or her best personal growth and development.


Ames Community Preschool Center has been serving central Iowa and Ames for nearly 50 years.  We are dedicated to providing a high-quality experience for each child and family who enters our program. Over the years, we've expanded to provide a variety of social and educational experiences for children ages 18 months through 12 years at our main center located at 920 Carroll Ave, and seven school-age sites throughout the city of Ames.


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.

Meet Our Team


Missy Sanow

Executive Director


Casey Shelton 

Assistant Program Director


Allison Sorensen

Assistant Administration Director


Jessica Jones

Administrative Assistant


Kristi Duhn

Instructional Coach


Joe Thien

School-Age Coordinator

2022-2023 BOARD

 Linda Lind -- President

 -- Vice President

Swamy Pompandi -- Treasurer

Casie Vance -- Secretary

Stacy Sassman -- Past President

Clint Rabe -- Member At Large

Derek Ginder -- Member At Large

Jennifer Anderson -- Member At Large

Megan Myers -- Member At Large

Mouly Kumar -- Member At Large

Sarah Haughn -- Member At Large

Ready Set Grow: The ACPC Story

Ames Community Preschool Center (ACPC) has been an important part of the childcare community since 1968.  The video shows our former home and talks about how we grew and realized our dreams of a site of our own.

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