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Traer has over a 100-year history of education in Iowa. Iowa students consistently rank in the top 10 of all students in the country, and the education system in Traer can stand proud among these top achievers. 

"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." —Albert Einstein


From preschool through high school graduation, students at North Tama County Community Schools will receive a quality education that prepares them for an ever-changing future. With full community support, not only do our students excel in academic competitions, but they've broken records in various sports as well. Our young men and women are also involved in other character-building activities including, FCCLA, Chorus, National Honor Society, plays, musicals, FFA, Talented and Gifted program, student government and so much more.   

Our North Tama PK—12 school district strives to empower every student to become a lifelong learner who is a productive, responsible, and engaged citizen of our society.  We envision a school where all students achieve a degree of academic success, which will equip them to adapt to our rapidly changing society.

North Tama County Community School

605 Walnut Street, Traer, IA  50675


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In 1972, our community recognized a need for a preschool. At the urging of local residents, a teacher specializing in early childhood development and special education started Pied Piper Preschool in her home. Ten years later, a board of eight directors was elected and the school was reorganized as a nonprofit corporation.


Starting in the 1980s, as more families saw both parents working, the need for extended early childhood care was needed. With the assistance of the Traer Development Corporation, a larger permanent building was sought. In 1991, with the help of numerous donations from townspeople and the NT Medical Clinic, funds were raised and an army of volunteers providing labor, materials, supplies and cash had Pied Piper Preschool classes up and running by the first day of school in August 1991.

Over the years the preschool has been supported by large individual gifts and continued widespread public assistance. Many young families move to where they can find good community-based help in the rearing of children. Pied Piper Preschool is a wonderful example of our community and public response to this necessity.


Pied Piper is a place where children can grow and thrive. We focus on supporting children by creating a safe, loving, educational, and FUN environment. We provide: 


  • Care for children ages new born through high school

  • Partnership with Central Rivers Area Education Agency

  • CPR-certified staff members

  • Preschool program for 3-year-olds to learn letters and numbers, helping them, acclimate to the classroom

  • Partnerships with local Traer organizations—library, nursing home, swimming pool, theater, ice cream shop

  • Transportation to and from Pied Piper and school with the help of the North Tama County Community School

  • Nutritious meals—breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch, and midafternoon snack—free of charge to all of our children as part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

​We charge by the hour, giving parents flexibility to set their own schedule the week before.

Baby room – Birth to 18 months

Toddler room – 18 months to 3 years

Daycare room – 3 years to 5 years

School age/ summer program – 5 years and up

Pied Piper Preschool & Childcare

1108 South Main, Traer, IA 50675


Open Monday to Friday
5:45am to 6pm

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