The Nest

What is the Nest

A store setting in the CAPS office that provides eligible Marshall County families access to necessary baby items by redeeming points.

The Nest serves families prenatal through the child’s second birthday that are at or below 185% of poverty.

How to earn points

Participants earn points by participating in health care and educational services provided by the following organizations and services:

  • Building Healthy Families
  • Center Associates
  • Early ACCESS for Children & Families
  • Early Head Start
  • Life Connections
  • Iowa Valley Continuing Education
  • Marshall County Department of Human Services
  • ISU Nutrition Classes
  • UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown
  • McFarland Clinic
  • Primary Health Center
  • Promise Jobs
  • SATUCI (Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa)
  • WIC/Title V Maternal Health Program
  • YSS of Marshall County


What items are available in the Nest

  • Bathing supplies
  • Blankets
  • Bottles
  • Car seats
  • Developmental toys
  • Diapers
  • Diaper wipes
  • High chairs
  • Pack and Plays
  • Strollers
  • Swings
  • Sippy cup

You can support the Nest by donating these items on our Wish List.

The Nest is supported by funding from Variety – the Children’s Charity