School News

Preschoolers Begin a New Year


Thursday morning marked the beginning of a long, exciting adventure for more than 1,500 DMPS preschoolers at four primary centers and several 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 new lockers and classrooms. Click here to see … Read more »

Preschool students perform on stage.

Universal Preschool Application for 2018-19


Universal Preschool registration is now open for 2018-19 school year. Children must be 4-years old on or before Sept. 15, 2018 to qualify. To begin the process of enrolling, click on the headline.

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 »

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 »

parents at meeting

Head Start Policy Committee


Des Moines Public Schools has 18 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 »

Susie Guest

Guest Honored to Receive Friend of Children Award


Susie Guest is the powerhouse administrator behind our preschools, which serve more than 2,000 students. Earlier this month, she was honored by the Iowa School Social Workers Association – ISSWA – for her more than three decades of working with and advocating for Des Moines students. Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

Jan 21
All Sites-No School-MLK Day
Jan 22
Head Start Policy Committee meeting
Feb 26
Head Start Policy Committee meeting
Mar 15
All Sites-No School-Spring Break
Mar 28
Preschool Classes resume

P: 515-242-7234

About DMPS Early Childhood Programs

preschool children

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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