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Foster Grandparents
About the Program
The Charles City Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) has been in existence in North Central Iowa for the past 40 years and sponsored by the City of Charles City for the past 22 years. According to Volunteering in America, Iowa ranks second in the nation in volunteering with 886,900 volunteers per year and 93.4 million hours of service, an average of 39.9 hours per resident.

Volunteer Focus
They focus on helping children meet their developmental and educational needs in reading, spelling, mathematics, writing, and social skills. Foster grandparents volunteering in day care centers promote infant and toddler development in the area of trusting relationships with adults. This enable the child to grow up to believe in themselves and become confident learners.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Foster Grandparent Program is to bring together an elderly person and a young child in specific ways that help each to grow in giving, caring, and learning.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the Foster Grandparent Program you must be at least 55 years of age, meet an income guideline, and like being with and helping children.

Service Area
Currently, 82 seniors volunteer in the program, working primarily with children in day care and grade school at 22 sites in the communities of Charles City, Clear Lake, Marble Rock, Mason City, Nashua, New Hampton, Nora Springs, Osage, Rockford, Rudd, and St. Ansgar. The grandparent volunteers give back 68,946 hours of service to our local children.

The program serves children at:
  • Central Preschool
  • Charles City Community School
  • Charlie Brown Preschool and Day Cares
  • Clear Lake School
  • Floyd County Headstart
  • Immaculate Conception School and Preschool
  • Marble Rock School
  • Nashua Public Schools
  • New Hampton Daycare
  • New Hampton Elementary
  • Newman Catholic Daycare
  • Newman Catholic Elementary
  • Osage Public School
  • Rockford School
  • Rudd School
  • Salvation Army After School Program
  • St. John Christian Preschool
  • St. Joseph Elementary New Hampton
  • T.L.C. Learning Center
  • Y's Guys Afterschool Program

Mary Litterer
Foster Grandparent Director
Contact Us

624 N. Main St.
Charles City, IA 50616

Ph: (641) 257-6327