School News

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The Welcome Center is moving.


The Des Moines Public Schools Welcome Center is moving to a new location at 2100 Fleur Drive. The Preschool Enrollment office will be closed from Friday May 20-Tuesday May 24, 2016. It will re-open on Wednesday May 25th in the new location.


Celebrate Week of the Young Child


April 11-17, 2016 is the National Week of the Young Child, celebrating our young learners! The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Community partners around Des Moines have teamed up to provide events to celebrate young children and their families. … Read more »


DMPS Preschool Enrollment


We’re excited to announce we will begin to accept preschool applications for the 2016-2017 school year on Wednesday March 9th. Applications for Universal Preschool may be completed online. Head Start Preschool applications are by appointment only. To find out more, click on the image.


Join the Community Legislative Action Team


The DMPS Community Legislative Action Team is made up of parents and other community members who recognize the need for greater awareness of how legislative actions affect our schools, and advocate for policies that increase student success. To be successful, this group needs one thing: YOU. It’s important that the voices of parents, grandparents, community … Read more »

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Coffee and Connections


Coffee and Connections– drop in for a cup of coffee and a treat! Once a month, each of our four Early Childhood buildings is hosting a get-together for parents. Parents of preschoolers are invited to stop by for a chance to connect with other parents, connect with the school, and connect with community resources. We will … Read more »

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Head Start Policy Committee


Des Moines Public Schools has 19 Head Start classrooms; during the first few days of school the parents in each of these classrooms elect representatives to serve on Head Start Policy Committee. Since its start in 1965, Head Start has recognized the value of including parents as full partners in making decisions that concern them, … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 31
Last day of preschool classes

P: 515-242-7234

About DMPS Early Childhood Programs

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Des Moines Public Schools Early Childhood Programs provide quality learning experiences to help promote growth of young children and their families.  We adhere to state and national program standards to achieve our goal of Kindergarten Readiness.




Welcome to the DMPS Preschool website!

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