School News

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Universal Preschool Enrollment Begins for 2018-19


Registration will open for 2018-19 Universal Preschool on Thursday, March 8. Children must be 4-years old on or before Sept. 15, 2018 to qualify. To begin the process of enrolling, click on the headline.

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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 »

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

Mar 27
Head Start Policy Committee Meeting
Mar 30
All Sites--Teacher Professional Development-No School
Apr 24
Head Start Policy Committee Meeting
May 22
Head Start Policy Committee Meeting

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.




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