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 is for children who are 4 years-old by September 15, the year they will begin preschool. (Children who are 5 years old by September 15th are not eligible.)
If you would like to apply for the Universal Preschool Program for the current 2021-2022 school year please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have the Preschool application link emailed to you. Students must have turned 4 years-old by September 15, 2021.
To apply for Universal Preschool at Cowles Montessori School, please contact the Open Enrollment office at 242-7353.
DMPS Universal Preschool classes are held five days per week: Monday- 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, the year they will begin preschool. (Children who are 5 years old by September 15th are not eligible.)
Classes are held five days per week: Monday-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.
All Head Start options are free of charge.
An appointment is required for Head Start applications. We will start scheduling Head Start applications for the 2022-2023 school year beginning in February 2022. Students must be 3 or 4 years old by September 15, 2022. Call 242-7588 for information or to schedule an appointment
Application appointments for the 2021-2022 school year continue to be accepted. Students must be 3 or 4 years old by September 15, 2021. Call 242-7588 for information or to schedule an appointment
Applicants will need to bring proof of birth (child’s birth certificate) and proof of income (taxes from 2021 or current FIP or SSI) to their appointment.
Shared Visions Preschool
Shared Visions is an income-based program for 4 year-old children who live in the attendance area of Capitol View, McKinley, or Moulton schools. Contact us at email@example.com for information about how to apply.
For more information about applying for preschool please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenemos una línea en español, por favor llame al 242-7975 para más información acerca de preescolar.