School News


Funds Support Services at Taylor Center


DMPS is going to meet more needs and provide additional services to preschool students and families, thanks to support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The district has been awarded $510,000 “to provide high quality, holistic early childhood education and family support services to children and their families” at the Taylor Education Center. Click the photo to learn 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 morning 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 … Read more »

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Fun Family Events


All four Early Childhood buildings hosted Fall Family Events the week of November 17th. On Tuesday, families at the Jesse Franklin Taylor building enjoyed safety activities, family photos and a visit from IPTV’s Dan Wardell. On Wednesday, both Woodlawn Learning Center and the Mitchell Early Learning Center hosted events. Mitchell students and families played and learned about … Read more »

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Martha Visits Taylor


Some DMPS preschoolers met a TV celebrity on Friday. Martha the dog, from the show “Martha Speaks” and her friends from IPTV paid a visit to the Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center.

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Head Start Policy Committee


Des Moines Public Schools has 19 Head Start classrooms; the parents in each of these classrooms elect representatives to serve on Policy Committee. We had our first Policy Committee meeting of the school year on September 16th; over 30 people attended!  Policy Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 9:00-11:00 am, at … Read more »

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Read for the Record


Jumpstart’s Read for the Record mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy with an effort to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. On October 21, 2014, our preschool classrooms joined classrooms and libraries across the country to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Mar 03
Coffee and Connections-McKee
Mar 10
Head Start Policy Committee Meeting
Mar 11
Kindergarten Sign Up
Mar 12
Coffee and Connections-JF Taylor
Mar 12
Coffee and Connections-Mitchell

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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