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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265.
General Preschool Information
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.
& 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.
Things to Look for When Choosing a Preschool
- Safe, clean and orderly learning environment
- Variety of learning materials in the
- 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.