College Community to Construct New Early Childhood Center

The Early Childhood Center (ECC) will soon have a new home for its youngest learners as the College Community School District prepares to construct a new ECC building.

The 19,614 square-foot building will be located just east of Prairie Hill Elementary School and is expected to hold up to 240 students. Construction is set to begin this spring and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. Once complete, the ECC will consolidate much of their early childhood programming, however each elementary building will still have some preschool programing.

On February 19, 2018 the College Community School District Board of Education accepted a $4,480,000 bid from Garling Construction to serve as the general contractor. To finance the project, College Community will use a short term note against the Secure Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) fund. The SAVE funding stream was formerly known as the statewide school infrastructure sales and services tax and also known as the local option sales and services tax for school infrastructure. Loans against the SAVE fund will not affect the district tax levy.

The new facility will allow College Community to:

  • Remove ECC from Prairie Crest Elementary
  • Remove all portables on campus
  • Address overcrowding at our elementary buildings
  • Improve safety and security
  • Improve access for families
  • Provide space for collaborative and professional development


Facility features:

  • 11 classrooms
  • Multi-purpose Activity Room
  • Kitchen
  • Shared bathroom for each classroom
  • Conference room
  • Work Room
  • Playground

“The opportunity to have a space designed for our early learners is truly exciting,” said Early Childhood Principal Kathy Schulte. “The new facility will also allow us to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment.”

ECC serves children six weeks to five years of age and offers before and after school age services for K-5. In addition state-wide voluntary preschool programming is offered for four year olds. College Community’s Early Childhood Programming is accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This is the highest level of accreditation an early childhood program can receive.

To learn more about College Community’s Early Childhood Programming, please contact the ECC office at 319-848-5296.

2018-2019 Preschool Registration

The application for 2018-2019 Prairie Hawks Preschool will be available January 8, 2018  at click on Register/Enrollment and scroll down to Preschool Enrollment.
Once you complete the application you will be contacted in February via e-mail by the ECC with instructions on completion of registration paperwork.
 All students must be 4 years old by September 15, 2018 to register.

Preschool Programs are offered within College Community Schools’ five elementary buildings.

·       Half Day Programing is available Monday-Thursday from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-3:30.

·       Limited full day Programing is available Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00 at Prairie View.

·       Shared Visions Programing is available to income eligible families at Prairie View Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00.

·       Head Start Programing is available at Prairie Heights Please contact 319-721-2794 for information.

  • Wrap-around is available Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wrap-around is available within the same building your child will attend preschool.  This service is fee based. 
For additional Prairie Hawks Preschool Information go to:

College Community Early Childhood Receives National Accreditation!

After two and a half years of hard work, College Community Early Childhood is happy to announce it has attained national accreditation for all of the ECC and PreK classrooms in the district! The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. NAEYC accreditation has always been the gold standard for early childhood education. “We’re proud to have demonstrated this level of quality and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Kathy Schulte, College Community Early Childhood Principal.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, College Community ECC & PreK completed an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. College Community received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the 10 NAEYC program standards, such as teaching, and leadership and management. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

In the 20 years since NAEYC accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by the NAEYC – that equates to approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for preschools, child care centers and other early childhood programs. NAEYC accreditation is a sign that they are a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education and to help give all children a better start.

Congratulations to all of the early childhood teachers and staff for their efforts!

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