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Preschool Programs

Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program

The WDMCS receives funding from the Iowa Department of Education for approximately 400 4-year-old children to attend preschool. This program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 15 of the school year for which they are enrolling. Programs are located at six district buildings and five community preschool sites.

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Tiger Cubs Preschool

Tiger Cubs is the West Des Moines Community Schools preschool program. Tiger Cubs provides opportunities for children to develop readiness skills for kindergarten through age-appropriate activities and experiences. Tiger Cubs Preschools 4-year-old programs are located at Clive Learning Academy, Crestview School of Inquiry and Fairmeadows, Jordan Creek, Western Hills, and Westridge elementary schools. Tiger Cubs Preschool includes special education students ages 3-5.

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Project Shine

Project Shine provides resources and tuition assistance for children, ages 3 to 5, from lower income households. The program is funded by Polk County Early Childhood Iowa. The Preschool Programs Coordinator works closely with the child and the area preschools that meet certain quality standards.

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Special Education

The WDMCS has special education placements at our Tiger Cubs Preschools. If you have concerns about your child’s development, please visit www.heartlandaea.org or call 515-270-9030.


Head Start

Drake University Head Start has one program in the West Des Moines area at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 28th and Ashworth. Call Drake Head Start at 515-271-1854 for placement information and financial guidelines.


List of Area Preschools

As a resource for families of preschoolers, WDMCS Community Education publishes a directory of preschools in the western suburbs.

Preschool Directory