Daycare & Schools

Award-Winning Education

As parents, you want your children to have opportunities in life to reach their fullest potential, starting with a quality education. With a variety of education options for all ages and stages of life, Pella’s sure to have everything you’re looking for.  


Day Care & Preschool
The Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency is offered locally through Crossroads of Pella. Contact CCR&R for information about child care options in our county, how to choose quality child care and information on child care assistance for qualifying families. For more information call 628-1212. 

The Pella Early Learning Center 
offers a full day preschool experience for 4 to 5 year-old children.  Their Rising Star Program is a "hands on, minds on" curriculum that engages the child and gets them excited about learning. They also provide an educationally-based day-care service for infants, toddlers, 2, 3, and 4 year-olds. Before and after school care as well as full day summer care is offered to children who are in kindergarten through fifth grade.  For more information call 628-4845.

Creation Station Christian Preschool
, developed by Pella Christian Grade School, offers a secure, loving environment for growth and development through active learning for children ages four and five in two locations. The Children’s Playshop (three yr.) and Kid’s Corner Preschool (four yr.) strive to develop each individual child mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.

Grade School & High School

The Pella Community School system offers grade levels from Pre-K to 12, including two Pre-K through grade 3 Elementary schools (Lincoln and Madison), a 4-6 building (Jefferson), a 7-8 Middle School and a High School. Traditional reading, writing and math are critical components of a strong foundation in learning. Coupled with arts, sciences, music and physical activities, the programs make for well-rounded students. Numerous college credit classes, honors classes as well as special education classes are available. The Pella Community High School has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School because of their excellence. Championship football, soccer, music, basketball and swimming programs are just a few of the school activities that are available to students. For Lincoln Elementary, call 628-3970. For Madison Elementary, call 628-4638. For Jefferson Intermediate, call 628-8267. For Pella Middle, call 628-4784. For Pella High, call 628-3870.

The Pella Christian School system offers grade levels from Pre-K to 12 on two campuses—Pella Christian Grade School and High School. They have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a School of Excellence as well as a Blue Ribbon School. Besides excellent academics, Pella Christian Schools also offers various award-winning music ensembles and top-rated athletic programs for boys and girls. For grade school, call 628-2414 or for high school, call 628-4440.

Pella offers a thriving home education community with a support group named PEACE – Purposeful Education And Christian Encouragement. This organization is comprised of over 60 families who are home educating more than 200 children. PEACE provides educational and support activities such as a monthly Mom’s meeting, children’s choir, cooperative classes, and monthly field trips. For information on home education in Iowa, contact the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) at 1.800.723.0438.  

General Education Degree (GED) classes are offered on a continuous enrollment basis at the Pella Community High School.  The classes offer two testing dates each semester.  For more information, call Brian Huddle at 628.3870.
Central College, a private, liberal arts college, is coeducational and residential, offering a 169-acre campus with 45 buildings for its student body of 1600. Majors are offered in 36 subject areas, the most popular being business, education and exercise science. Pre-professional advisory programs are also available. About 97 percent of all graduates are employed in career fields of their choice or are enrolled in graduate or professional schools within a year of graduation. Nearly half of Central’s students study abroad at one of nine international sites in Europe, China and Mexico. In addition, students have the option to spend a semester doing internships at various U.S. sites including programs in Washington D.C. and Chicago, and during their study abroad experiences. Students gain valuable experience outside the classroom in a variety of ways including; internships, service-learning, practicums, research, extra-cirricular activities as well as campus leadership positions.
Central received the state's first leadership in energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award from the U.S. Green Building Council for the renovation of the Vermeer Science Center in 2003 with a silver rating. Since, the college has added two additional LEED-rated buildings with the state's first residential gold-rated building for Howard McKee Hall and a platinum rating for the Roe Center academic building.
Founded in 1853, Central is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. For more information, call 877-462-3687. 

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral—628.1212
Pella Early Learning Center—628.4845
Creation Station Christian Preschool—628.8673
Jefferson Elementary School—628.8267
Lincoln Elementary School—628.3970
Webster Elementary School—628.4638
Pella Middle School—628.4784
Pella High School—628.3870
Pella Christian Grade School—628.2414
Pella Christian High School—628.4440
NICHE of Des Moines—800.723.0438
GED Classes—Brian Huddle 628.3870
Central College—628.9000