The Mary Jo Small Child Care Center at Brookland Woods is a non-profit 501(c)(3), licensed childcare center located on the University of Iowa campus. We have been providing care to the Iowa City community since 1972. We are much more than the average daycare. Our unique program creates a fun and happy atmosphere. Imagine being at a great summer camp AND a huge family reunion!

It is our belief that childhood development occurs along a continuum and that each child’s development happens at their own, unique pace. Our belief in this natural and evolving developmental process shapes every aspect of our program. We provide many interesting, open-ended, child-centered play opportunities and lots of caring adults. We offer children endless opportunities to read, explore natural science, use their imaginations, be creative, listen to music, and to actively determine their own play, friendships, explorations and observations.

Our Directors are Sharon McDonald (Director since 1989) and Jill Strunk (on staff since 1988). Our directors developed our child-centered, open-ended approach to child care in 1989.

We offer both full and part-time enrollment options to accommodate all families’ needs. We are open year-round, closing only for University of Iowa holidays, spring break, one week during winter break, and also when the Iowa City Community School District closes for inclement weather.