Our Purpose

  • Provide affordable child care and preschool services to the community.
  • Provide a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment for the child.
  • Promote the child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.
  • Develop children’s experiences with diverse situations.
  • Inform parents of ways to optimize their child’s development.
  • Guide at-risk children through their early childhood.
  • Aid in creating a better community for all.


Grin and Grow is a private, non-profit child care agency founded in 1943 by the Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls. Originally founded as a nursery for the children of women working in local factories during World War II, Grin and Grow has continued to provide child care services to parents of Waterloo since the end of the War. Currently operating under two locations, Grin and Grow provides a quality and unique educational environment to the local children.


Grin and Grow’s offers preschool services for children ages 3 – 5 years old. We also offer full and part-day child care for infants 6 weeks old to 5 years of age. Classrooms are divided primarily by age, though some overlap may occur due to an individual child’s developmental readiness.

Our centers are open Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Both centers are closed for all major holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Grin and Grow follows the Waterloo Community School District cancellations during winter snow days.

All classrooms provide programming and activities designed to assist the child in developing their self-esteem, language skills, motor skills, cognitive skills, and self-help skills. All preschool classrooms are lead by a teacher with a degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.


Grin and Grow participates in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Nutrition Program to ensure that your child’s daily nutritional needs are met. This program allows for us to provide food services to your child at no extra cost to you.

Parental Roles

Grin and Grow has an “open door” policy with respect to parental visitation and involvement. Parents are invited to observe and participate in their child’s classroom whenever they wish. Grin and Grow strives to keep parents involved by surveying them twice a year to gauge their level of satisfaction.

Parents are also encouraged to serve on the agency’s Board of Directors and on any of its standing committees (Program Review, Marketing, Finance, Fundraising or Human Resources) as well as any special task groups that may formed during the program year. (playground committees, family picnic, etc.)