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2012-2013 West Des Moines Community Schools Preschool Registration
In January Tiger Cubs Preschools will be registering for the 2012-13 school year. If your child will be four-years-old on or before September 15, 2012, they will be eligible to attend Tiger Cubs at Phenix Early Childhood Center, Crestview Elementary and Clive Elementary. Tiger Cubs at Clive and Crestview there is an a.m. three-year-old class (three years old by September 15, 2011).

Please call the school now for additional registration information:

The district also partners with six community preschools to provide funded Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs for four-year-olds. These preschools are:

  • West Des Moines United Methodist Preschool: (515) 279-8897
  • Olivet Preschool: (515) 277-8454
  • Sacred Heart Preschool: (515) 226-2146
  • St. Timothy's Preschool: (515) 225-2020

   Full Day Options:

  • Apple Tree Grand: (515) 225-1837
  • Apple Tree Ashworth: (515) 226-9791

Four-year-old spots are funded through Statewide Voluntary Preschool. Three-year-olds may  receive Project Shine funding if their family meets income guidelines and  lives in the West Des Moines School  Community School District. 

If you are applying for a placement at one of the preschools providing the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (funded four-year-old programs) parents should contact the program of their choice for specific registration information and enrollment. You will obtain an application from the preschool site.

Families applying for Project Shine may contact Holly Burns, Preschool Coordinator, (515) 633-5010, email burnsh@wdmcs.org, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265.




General Preschool Information

Age Guidelines
Most preschools use guideines set by the State of Iowa – a birthday on or before Sept. 15 – to assign your child to a class.

Types of Preschools
The western suburbs have many preschools, with many located in churches. Most of the preschools are considered “traditional” programs. This means the teacher provides the curriculum and directs a wide variety of activities during the day. Traditional preschools focus on socialization and early literacy activities.

The area also has several Montessori preschools to choose from. These programs are considered to be child-directed with hands-on learning. Montessori centers have teachers trained in the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Registration Fees & Health Information
Most preschools will charge a registration fee and some may ask for the first month’s tuition as well. You will need to fill out information and health forms and provide your child’s immunization records when you register. Tuition costs vary depending on the center and the number of days the child attends.

  • Safe, clean and orderly learning environment
  • Variety of learning materials in the room
  • Library area available to children
  • Well-rounded curriculum with art, music, literature, science and math
  • Indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Teachers with backgrounds in education and/or early childhood
  • “The right fit” – settings, teachers and philosophies vary

Most importantly, call to ask questions and set up a visit.

List of Area Preschools
As a resource for families of preschoolers, WDMCS Community Education publishes a directory of preschools in the western suburbs. Download one here or to have a copy e-mailed to you in PDF format, e-mail Holly Burns or call (515) 633-5010 to request one. Be sure to leave your complete mailing address.



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