Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Orchard Place's Primary Milieu Treatment Counselor Natalie Price receives Child Care Worker of the Year Award



Brandi Mulder, Natalie Price, Kristie Oliver


Des Moines, Iowa— Orchard Place’s Natalie Price, Primary Milieu Treatment Counselor, recently received the Child Care Worker of the Year Award in recognition of her service to Iowa children and families. The honor was awarded by the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa at Orchard Place on May 24, 2017.

The Coalition presents the Child Care Worker of the Year Award each year to recognize staff that has shown outstanding service, dedication to children and families and the ability to lead by a positive and consistent example.

As a servant leader, Price began with Orchard Place 10 years ago.  Her creative insight, professionalism, emotional intelligence and sense of humor have created lasting impressions with her peers and the youth she serves.   Youth feel safe when they are around Natalie.  She uses her sense of humor, love for Harry Potter, and quirky comments to help de-escalate the youth. 

Price has played an influential role on the Orchard Place Campus by being a facilitator for Independent Living Skills, was a member of the Crisis Response Team, participated in Staff Development and is a member of the Primary Round Table. 

“Natalie is so deserving of the Child Care Worker of the Year Award” says Brandi Mulder, of the Orchard Place Campus. “We are proud to see her honored for her efforts in helping Iowa’s troubled youth to have strong futures as well as a strong role model for staff.”

The Coalition for Family and Children’s Services was established in 1979 as an alliance of member agencies that work to strengthen services for Iowa’s children and families. For more information, visit