an opportunity for everyone
Our community is defined by the WDMCS district boundaries, including over 55,000 residents in West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, Windsor Heights, and nearby rural areas. We have played a vital role in the community for the past 40 years, responding to the evolving needs of our citizens. We are proud to offer something for everyone!

Community Programs

  • Advisory Council

    Advisory Council

    The CEAC is a group of citizens who identify community needs and find ways to meet those needs.

  • Facility Use

    Facility Use

    A variety of spaces are accessible to community members who are in seach of a convenient and affordable location for their activity or event.

Early Childhood

instilling a love of learning early on

“My children are my whole life and to know that they were made better through the efforts of so many others, humbles me every day. This community has been so good to us.” ~Laura Thomas, Parent

Laura Thomas is just one parent who we have been able to help over the last 30 years. We believe that instilling the love of learning at an early age is an important gift we can give to our future generations.

Programs for Early Childhood

  • Brighter Beginnings

    Brighter Beginnings

    Supporting new parents during early childhood looking to enhance their parenting skills.

  • Preschool Programs

    Preschool Programs

    Our preschool programs provide high quality preschool opportunities for children ages three and four.

  • Preschool Palooza

    Preschool Palooza

    Children ages two to six will enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities including preschool and kindergarten.

  • Teen Parenting

    Teen Parenting

    Parenting classes are offered to pregnant and parenting teens at the Walnut Creek Campus with a trained parent educator.


Youth Programs

  • Adventures


    Offering fun and interesting learning opportunities for K-8 students after school and on weekends.

  • Kids West

    Kids West

    Providing safe, affordable and convenient before-and-after school care for grades K-6.

  • Service Learning

    Service Learning

    Facilitating opportunities for students to serve their community.

  • Summer of Learning

    Summer of Learning

    Offering fun and enriching educational experiences for students grades K-8 during the summer months.

  • Tutor Directory

    Tutor Directory

    Provided as a resource for the WDMCS students and parents.


WDMCS Community Education serves the needs of our adult population by offering ongoing learning opportunities. A time for adults to explore and try new things.

Programs for Adults

  • LEARNwest – Adult Classes

    LEARNwest – Adult Classes

    LEARNwest offers a wide range of classes for adults who want to expand their skills or try something new.


Seniors Programs

  • Iowa Senior Games

    Iowa Senior Games

    The Iowa Senior Olympics began in 1986 to give adults. age 50 and over, a competitive opportunity to stay active and increase their quality of life.

  • Read To Me

    Read To Me

    A Service Learning program that facilitates intergenerational learning between third graders and residents of local retirement communities.

An opportunity for everyone

WDMCS Community Education is the outreach department of the WDMCS. We provide opportunities for learning, service, and fun to people of all ages. We look to serve the needs of our community by connecting people, ideas, and resources.