Tipton Adaptive Daycare


Tipton Adaptive Daycare is owned and managed by Adaptive Daycare Services Inc. We are nationally recognized for our unique child care services. We were the 2013 regional winner and the 2014 statewide winner of the Iowa Dream Big Grow Here small business grant competition and the November 2015 Child Care Aware of America National Child Care Provider of the Month.

Tipton Adaptive Daycare began as a registered family daycare home in 2005.  In 2014, we moved to a larger facility and became a licensed daycare center with the capacity to serve up to 86 children. Any child between the ages of 4 weeks and 18 years can attend, but children with disabilities or special medical needs are given priority on our waiting list. There is no requirement to be potty trained for any of our programs.

The daycare is located in Tipton, IA, and is operated by a registered nurse and pre-school teacher with over 20 years of experience working with children and individuals with disabilities. With a nurse onsite providing care and observation, early detection and intervention can occur before problems escalate. When children are healthy, they are better prepared to learn and reach their developmental potential.

Tipton Adaptive Daycare accepts private payment, DHS Title XX child care assistance and Promise Jobs reimbursement. We also provide IMMT and Respite services through Medicaid Consumer Choice Options and Protective Daycare through the Iowa Department of Human Services.  We are an approved provider for the Operation Military Child Care Program for dependents of deployed military members.

We are open 7:00 a..m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except major holidays.  Office hours are by appointment.

About Us

Our mission is to provide high quality child care that incorporates the unique needs of each child to maximize each child's progress toward independent functioning in self-help, social, cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, self-regulation and communication skills.

Our vision is to provide child care that allows all children to participate in age-appropriate activities as independently as possible, and in the least restrictive environment, regardless of physical or intellectual disability, developmental delay or special medical needs.


  • Respect - Each child and their family have unique needs and abilities, and they are not defined by a diagnosis or condition.

  • Empowerment - Children benefit from learning how to do things on their own more than they benefit from having things done for them.

  • Inclusiveness - Provide care in a natural environment so that the children have opportunities for the same experiences as their non-disabled peers while receiving the specialized services they need.

  • Partnership - Collaborate with other community and state agencies to help meet the needs of the children and their families and to provide appropriate referrals.

  • Integrity - We have a responsibility to use ethical behavior in all interactions with clients, staff, volunteers, and the community.