• Tiger Cubs is the West Des Moines Community Schools preschool program. WDMCS also partners with other area preschools and preschool programs. 

    General Preschool Information


    Age Guidelines

    Most preschools use guidelines set by the State of Iowa—a birthday on or before Sept. 15—to assign your child to a class.


    Enrollment Information

    Funding, tuition, and fees vary within the programs. You will need to provide health forms, immunizations records, and a copy of your child’s birth certificate when you register. Tuition costs vary depending on the center and the number of days the child attends and the funding options available.


    Things to Look for When Choosing a Preschool

    • A safe, clean and orderly learning environment
    • A variety of interest and learning centers within the room (such as writing, library, math and dramatic play)
    • Identified curriculum and assessments
    • Indoor and outdoor play areas
    • Teachers with backgrounds in early childhood
    • “The right fit”—settings, teachers, and philosophies vary
  • Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program

  • Head Start

Contact Us

  • Kristin Rourk
    Preschool Programs Administrator
    Learning Resource Center
    3550 Mills Civic Parkway
    West Des Moines, IA 50265

    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

Last Modified on August 2, 2022