Make the most of your summer! When your loved one with an intellectual or other developmental disability takes part in summer programming from The Arc of East Central Iowa, they’ll enjoy fun recreational activities in a supportive, nurturing environment. The program also gives you a chance, as a caregiver, to recharge or take care of other responsibilities during the day. 

Program Activities

Feel peace of mind the safety and well-being of your loved one are the primary focus of our trained staff. During the day, your loved one can make friends, socialize with peers in their age group, and build daily living skills on-site and on supervised trips into the community.

Beginnings Program: Up to Age 5

The Arc offers a summer respite program for individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities up to age 5.

How to Register

For more information, contact Tara Cornelius at 319-365-0487 ext. 1044 or

Summer Day: Ages 5 to 21

Child and adult swimming in a pool.

Your loved one between the ages of 5 and 21 can take part in Summer Day, a multi-week program held in Linn and Jones counties.

Your child’s daily activities may include:

  • Educational exercises to build safety, reading, cooking, and daily living skills
  • Social and leisure activities like swimming, games, crafts, and music

Linn County Summer Day

Linn County Summer Day is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS). It has a staff-to-participant ratio of one to three or less.

  • Dates: June through July
  • Hours: Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Location: Cedar Rapids

How to Register

Registration begins sometime between March through May each year.

For more information, contact Tara Cornelius at 319-365-0487 ext. 1044 or

Jones County Summer Day

More information to come.

How to Register

To learn more, contact Tara Cornelius at 319-365-0487 ext. 1044 or

Paying for Summer Programs

Depend on The Arc for different options to pay for summer programming. Choose from:

  • HCBS Waiver – Group or Individual Respite, IMMT
  • Parent Pay
  • Children’s Mental Health Assistance (formerly Linn Co. SED Wraparound Grant)
  • Children’s at Home Grant (CAH)
  • Child Care Assistance (DHS Block Grant of CCA)
  • United Way Respite
  • School

Contact Us

Contact Tara Cornelius at 319-365-0487 ext. 1044 to learn more about summer programs.