School News

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Kindergarten Sign-Up Begins In Your Mailbox


Your child must be five years old on or before September 15 to be eligible for kindergarten. Current Des Moines Public Schools preschool students will receive a letter from your student’s teacher instructing you on how to complete the kindergarten registration process. Please wait for your registration letter before beginning this process. For additional information, click on the headline.

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.

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 six 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 »

DMPS Preschool Enrollment


Sign Up for 2017-2018 Preschool!

An early childhood education at Des Moines Public Schools provides a great start to learning, promoting the academic and social growth of young children. We offer several free preschool options to meet the needs of families, with a variety of locations, class times and half- or full-day classes. Click on the image for more information.

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 »

Upcoming Events

Feb 19
All Sites--Teacher Professional Development-No School
Feb 27
Head Start Policy Committee
Mar 09
All Sites--Spring Break-No School
Mar 27
Head Start Policy Committee Meeting
Mar 30
All Sites--Teacher Professional Development-No School

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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