How to Apply for Preschool

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DMPS provides various preschool options to meet family needs.

Welcome to Preschool, an exciting time for children as they begin to explore learning in a classroom setting.

Des Moines Public Schools provides a high quality preschool education for children throughout our community.

Certified teachers meeting the highest standards staff our preschools.

An early childhood education at DMPS provides a great start to learning, promoting the academic and social growth of young children.

Read about, and choose from one of the many options DMPS offers for early childhood education below.


Universal Preschool

Universal Preschool is for children who are 4 years-old by September 15, 2017. (Children who are 5 years old by September 15th are not eligible.)

Click below to access the online application and follow the directions to complete the application and upload your child’s birth certificate:

Universal Preschool Online Application for 2017-18

 

If you have any questions about the online application please contact the preschool Enrollment office at 242-7588.

To apply for the 2016-17 school year please contact the Enrollment office at 242-7588.

To apply for Universal Preschool at Walnut Street School or Cowles Montessori School, please contact the Open Enrollment office at 242-7353.

For a list of all Universal Preschool classroom locations click here.  For a list of class times by location, click here.

DMPS Universal Preschool classes are held four days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

There are two options for length of day:

  • Half-day preschool (no cost)
  • Full-day preschool (parent pay or 1 unit childcare assistance)

Some scholarships are available for the full-day Universal Preschool classrooms at McKee, Mitchell and Woodlawn.


Head Start Preschool

Head Start is an income-based preschool program for 3 and 4 year-olds. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by September 15, 2017. (Children who are 5 years old by September 15th are not eligible.)

Classes are held four days per week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Half-day options are available for 3 and 4 year-olds, full-day options are available for children who are 4 years old by September 15, 2017.

All Head Start options are free of charge.

An appointment is required for Head Start applications.  We will begin applications for the 2017-2018 school year on February 21, 2017. Please call 242-7588 to make an appointment. Applicants will need to bring proof of birth (child’s birth certificate) and proof of income (taxes from 2016 or current FIP or SSI) to their appointment.


Shared Visions Preschool

Shared Visions is an income-based program for 3 and 4 year-old children who live in the attendance area of Capitol View, McKinley, or Moulton schools. Call 242-7588 for information about how to apply.


For more information about applying for preschool, call the Preschool Enrollment Office at 242-7588.

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