WDMCS Community Education is the outreach department of the West Des Moines Community School District. We provide opportunities for learning, service, and fun to people of all ages. We offer a variety of programs and services to the WDMCS district. Below is a overview of the opportunities that we offer.


  • The Community Education Advisory Council (CEAC) is a group of citizens who identify community needs and find ways to meet those needs.
  • Facility Use offers a variety of spaces that are accessible to community members who are in search of a convenient and affordable location for their activity or event.

Early Childhood

  • Brighter Beginnings supports parents and caregivers of children ages 12 months to five years, looking to enhance their parenting skills.
  • Preschool Palooza is an annual event for children ages two to six that enjoy fun and educational activities while their grown-ups gather information about early childhood opportunities.
  • Our Preschool Programs provide high quality preschool opportunities for children ages three and four.
  • Teen parenting classes are offered to pregnant and parenting teens at Walnut Creek Campus with a trained parent educator.


  • Adventures offers fun and interesting learning opportunities for K-8 students after school and on weekends.
  • Kids West provides safe, affordable, and convenient before-and-after school care for students in grades K-6.
  • Service Learning facilitates opportunities for students to serve their community.
  • Summer of Learning offers fun and enriching educational experiences during the summer months for students in grades K-8.
  • The Tutor Directory is provided as a resource for the WDMCS students and parents.


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


  • Read To Me is a Service Learning Program that facilitates intergenerational learning between third graders and residents of local retirement communities.