Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development Center
Constructed in 2003. This facility houses Shelby County Head Start program, Child Care Resources and Referral, and Little Cyclone Preschool. The building connects to Time for Tots and they share meal preparation and inside play space.
Child Care Resources and Referral
Child Care Resource & Referral is a community based organization that lends a helping hand to people who care for and about children. CCR&R provides a wide variety of services for: child care programs, community, employers, and parents. They work to improve the availability, affordability, and quality of child care. Due to the uniqueness of child care needs, they provide guidance by phone, in person, via the internet, and in other ways that are tailored to you rather than a one-size-fits-all solution. They maintain a full list of home-based providers for families looking for that service.
This is a comprehensive early childhood development program serving low-income children from age three to five and their families. Head Start is a Federal program that is operated by a local non-profit organization – West Central Community Action (WCCA). Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities including literacy, language, science, social-emotional, and much more. They also receive medical and dental services, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors. In addition to the educational services provided by Head Start, family involvement is at the core of its success. Head Start families can take part in the classroom as a volunteer, help with classroom projects, and even help develop curriculum.
Little Cyclone Pre-School Program
This is a Harlan Community School District run program. The mission of the Little Cyclone Preschool is to provide every student in the program with a quality, research-based, comprehensive curriculum, which is adapted to meet the individual needs and goals of both the special education students, and their general education peers. Preschool students learn best through meaningful hands-on play experiences. Thus, the Cyclone Preschool utilizes developmentally appropriate learning centers as well as small and large group instructional practices to teach pre-academic skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and the social sciences. All students involved with the Little Cyclone Preschool gain from their experiences with peers. The general education students, as well as their special education peers, learn, grow, and play side-by-side in a caring, nurturing environment.
Time for Tots
This two-story 6,200 sq. ft. facility was built in 1993 and is a licensed child care. It has the capacity for 125 children (newborn to age 5) and employs 45 staff. The staff is certified in CPR and Red Cross first-aid training, and must complete at least six hours of child care training per year. The ADA-approved facility includes playgrounds for infants and older children. Preschool programs provided for children ages three to five. Services for school children through age 12 are available before and after school, non-school days, and summer.
Kountry Kids Care
Constructed in 2005, this single story 4,000 sq. ft. facility is a licensed childcare provider for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age with preschool for 3 and 4- year olds. The facility has a capacity for 92 children and has a staff of 28. The staff is certified in CPR and Red Cross first-aid training. Children have age appropriate toys, nutritious meals and snacks under the State of Iowa Child Care Food Program, hands on activities and various field trips throughout the year. Kountry Kids is located at 200 12th Street, Harlan, and operates Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Elk Horn-Kimballton School
The Elk Horn-Kimballton School currently serves 254 students grades K-12. The district enjoys very solid support from its parents and community which help it provide a safe and secure environment. The district is currently emphasizing technology which has resulted in three computer labs, mobile lap top cart with twenty five computers, wireless network throughout the building, at least one computer in every classroom, and an ICN site.
Student achievement scores show that 80% of students are proficient in Math, Reading and Science on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Students have access to a variety of extra-curricular, co curricular fine art opportunities in grades 5-12. High School students are able to receive college credit through Iowa Western Community College by attending classes at the Rolling Hills Academy in Atlantic. School facilities are outstanding and the financial status of the district is sound.
Harlan Community School District
Harlan Community Schools is a PreK-12 public institution that draws some 1,600 students from a district that covers a majority of Shelby County, Iowa. We believe that high expectations coupled with a strong work ethic have built a strong academic and extra-curricular tradition within the Harlan Community School District.
The district employs some 200 education professionals and has an annual budget of over $18 million. The facilities are excellent, highlighted by the opening of a new Primary Building (K-2) in the fall of 2010. Individuals interested reviewing the outstanding educational offerings may check standardized test scores at the Iowa Department of Education website. That research will reveal test scores that are among the very best results in the entire state.
Harlan Community Schools also offers a full slate of co-curricular activities, led by a jazz band that has won the State Jazz Band Contest the past three consecutive years, a FFA program that is the largest in the state, a football program that has won more state championships than any other district in the state, and many other equally successful vocational, athletic, and fine arts programs.
Shelby County Catholic Schools
The mission of Shelby County Catholic School is to nurture faith, encourage intellectual growth, and inspire commitment to community by ensuring a distinctive, Christ-centered learning environment.
Iowa Western Community College (IWCC)
IWCC's Shelby County campus is located in Harlan. IWCC and Shelby County DevelopSource share the new facility at 1901 Hawkeye Avenue. The College’s main campus is in Council Bluffs and other centers are located in Atlantic and Shenandoah. For complete, up-to-date information on available credit and continuing education classes, schedules, and staff, log on to http://iwcc.edu/shelby.
Job Training in Shelby County
Iowa Western Community College provides job training through the Iowa Jobs Training Programs and customizes training to meet your business’ needs. Some of their training opportunities are listed below. Log on to http://iwcc.edu/ewd or the links provided for additional information about these training opportunities
Industrial New Jobs Training (260e) (INJTP)
The Iowa New Jobs Training Program provides training dollars from certificates sold by Iowa's community colleges. The certificates are paid for by the diversion of the new employees' payroll withholding tax.
Iowa Jobs Training Program (260f) (IJTP)
Iowa Jobs Training Program provides forgivable loans to Iowa businesses to train existing workers. The purpose of the program is to help Iowa businesses become more competitive by providing the resources to maximize the skills and productivity of their workers.
Iowa Western Community College delivers customized training and consulting services to area businesses, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.
The office of Economic Development provides the varied types of training sought by today's small and large businesses including:
• Customized Courses and instructional packages
• Training needs assessment
• Flexible scheduling to meet your operation or production schedule
• Training offered at your facility, at the IWCC Council Bluffs campus, the Clarinda campus, or at any of our centers in Atlantic, Shenandoah, or Harlan
• Experienced professional trainers
• Cost-effective and customer-oriented services
• Training in five core areas: Health & Safety, Industrial/Technical, Management/Supervision, Computer Skills, and Basic Skills.