University of Iowa Family Services is excited to announce a comprehensive, in-person program providing before, during and after school care, and assistance with virtual learning at a subsidized rate of $45 per week to UI student parents of school-aged children. Facilitated by a partnership with Lionheart Early Learning Centers, located in Iowa City and North Liberty, this program will support virtual learning using the school districts’ hybrid and 100% virtual model. 

The school-aged program is offered to children in kindergarten through third grade. On virtual learning days, Lionheart’s paraeducators will provide technical assistance as well as support the student’s virtual schedule. Before and after the school day, Lionheart’s emphasis will be on social and leisure activities. Transportation is provided to and from area elementary schools.  


  • Eligible students must be currently enrolled at the UI a minimum of half time, or if not enrolled half time, be enrolled less than half time and have a required academic responsibility which together equal half time.  
  • Eligible students must be currently seeking a UI degree: undergraduate or graduate/professional/master’s/Ph.D.  
  • Eligible students must reside with their child. 
  • Eligible students must be the parent or guardian of child(ren), aged 5-10. 

Application Process 

Complete the Lionheart Virtual Learning Support Application via workflow. Once approved, student parents are responsible for securing slots(s) by contacting Lionheart at 319-337-8870 (Iowa City) or 319-626-2455 (North Liberty). Slots will be approved on a first come, first serve basis. 


There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $30 to participate in this program. Slots are available at a subsidized rate of $45 per week per child. Payment will be made directly to Lionheart. Payments for this program are not eligible for reimbursement through the UI Student Child Care Subsidy Program.

About Lionheart Early Learning Center

Lionheart Early Learning Center is dedicated to consistently providing high quality child care by hiring and training high quality personnel, providing well equipped educational environments, and using evidence-based curriculum. 
Lionheart Early Learning Center is nationally accredited by the National Accreditation Commission 

Lionheart Contact Information 

Iowa City 

2717 Northgate Drive 
Iowa City, IA 52245 
Facility hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 am- 6:00 pm 

North Liberty 

740 Community Dr 
North Liberty, IA 52317 
Facility hours: Monday-Friday 6:00 am- 6:00 pm