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Janet Ira Director

Our director, Janet Ira has been in the child care field for over 24 yrs. She has 6 years of previous experience as a Director before being promoted to Director, July 2020 at Altoona 8th Street Child Care. Janet has a bachelors degree in Organizational Management and an associates degree in Early childhood education.

Janet is currently attending Northwestern University to obtain her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Janet also serves on the Iowa AEYC T.E.A.C.H. board as an ambassador. Janet graduated from Southeast Polk School District and resides in Altoona with her husband and their dog Spaz.

Janet works hard to continue improving our program and  raise the standard of child care in Altoona. Please feel free to contact her with any questions you may have. She is here to work for each of you and your children, and wants to assist you in any way she is able.


Tarah Widaman

Tarah Widaman has owned Altoona 8th Street Child Care since January 2022. Tarah co-owns a child care center in Ankeny since 2015. Tarah has worked in Early Childhood for 20 years serving as a Preschool Teacher, Assistant Director, Director, and owner. Tarah has a bachelors in Elementary Ed from UNI and holds a teaching license in the state of Iowa. Tarah has a Graduate degree from Northwestern University in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.

Tarah was born and raised in Altoona and graduated from Southeast Polk. Tarah resides in Ankeny with her two sons. 

Tarah is committed to providing high quality child care to the Altoona community.

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