The Marita Theisen Childcare Center is located at 1584 White Street – in the heart of downtown Dubuque. We are conveniently located for our neighborhood families and parents living and working in the downtown area. Once the rectory of the former St. Mary’s parish, the newly renovated childcare center is custom designed as a world-class childcare center.

Owned and operated by the non-profit organization, Steeple Square, we are honored and excited to further our mission by providing childcare services to our community. We look forward to watching your child grow under the tremendous care of our team. You are in good hands!

Marita Theisen Chilcare Center opened its doors to area families in late August, 2019.  Our center is still accepting applications to enroll.


A gross motor skills room for infants and toddlers

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) room for 4-year olds

Outdoor, fenced-in playground area

Private nursing room for moms

Accessible entrances and elevator

Secured entry for your peace of mind

Passthrough drop-off area (no backing up!)


Six weeks through preschool
Free 4-Year-Old Preschool


Monday – Friday
6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

12 months per year
(closed on select holidays)


Full Time
Infants  –  $200/week
2-year-old  –  $185/week
3-year-old  –  $170/week
4-year-old  –  $160/week


Part Time
Inquire about part-time rates for 3 and 4-year-olds, based on availability.

For siblings, we offer a 15% discount for the second child and a 10% discount for each subsequent child.

Childcare Director

Elizabeth has over 12 years of experience in early childhood education including being a licensed preschool teacher. She earned a B.A. in early childhood education from the University of Northern Iowa and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Iowa. Passionate about educating youth through community involvement, Elizabeth also has experience with mentor programs and volunteers as the treasurer of the non-profit organization, Family’s Helping Hands. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

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