West Side Early Childhood Center


Rick Varney, Principal

Vickie Bruening, Administrative Assistant

Shanna Putnam Dibble, Elementary Learner Advocate

301 Center Street, Decorah, Iowa 52101

Phone (563) 382-4451 • Fax (563) 387-0716


West Side
The West Side Early Childhood Center houses the Decorah Community School District's early childhood special education classes, Four-year-old preschool rooms, and transitional kindergarten students. 

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The Decorah Community School District will be holding three Kindergarten Parent Meetings for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. Meetings will be held Tuesday, March 5th at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, or Wednesday, March 6th at 11:30 am at West Side Early Childhood Center.  This will be an informational parent meeting and upcoming students do not need to attend.

Informational meetings are for all parents of potential  Kindergarten / Transitional Kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year. Please join us for one of the three meetings.   To be eligible for Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten your child must be five years of age on or before September 15, 2019.

PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
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Collaborative Partners


Nisse Preschool

NE Iowa Montessori

St. Benedict Preschool

Sunflower Child Development Center

Check out West Side's Natural Playground

Playground Drawing

It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Ms. Leona Hoth, Decorah Middle School Principal, 405 Winnebago Street, (563) 382-8427,
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