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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 »


1,700 Preschoolers Begin a New Year


Thursday morning marked the beginning of a long, exciting adventure for more than 1,700 DMPS preschoolers at four primary centers and eleven satellite school sites. A mix of excitement, and a few tears, kicked off the morning as parents took pictures and said their goodbyes whiles students navigated news lockers and classrooms. Click the photo to read more about preschool at DMPS and enjoy photos of a big day for hundreds of young students.


Welcome to Preschool!


Welcome to preschool! On September 10th, DMPS preschool classes begin. Teachers and associates have been busy preparing their classrooms for the new school year, and visiting each of their students’ homes.


DMPS Preschool Enrollment


We’re excited to announce we’re beginning to accept preschool applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Head Start applications are being accepted now and Universal Preschool applications will be accepted beginning March 11. To find out more, click on the image.

Parents are invited to attend weekly PACT time.

PACT time!


Calling all parents! Remember, you are invited to Parent and Child Together Time (PACT time) once a week in your child’s classroom. Check with your child’s teacher to find out the day and time of PACT time for his or her classroom. Parent and Child Together time is a weekly chance to join your child for some fun one-on-one learning activities. … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 30
Mitchell Picture Sales day
Dec 01
Mitchell Picture Sales day
Dec 03
Coffee and Connections AM-McKee
Dec 03
Coffee and Connections PM-McKee
Dec 04
McKee Picture Sales day

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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