Brighter Beginnings

Brighter Beginnings is a program of WDMCS Community Education designed for parents or primary caregivers who are looking to expand their parenting skills.


To make the world brighter for parents and children by providing fun early childhood family learning, so parents can be their child’s most influential teacher.


Babies are born learning and their parents are their first and most influential teachers. These two simple truths are the foundation for Brighter Beginnings, a program to help parents with the most important career of their life—parenting.

Through Brighter Beginnings, parents are supported by professional educators who suggest ways to effectively teach and nurture young children. This home-school-community partnership offers the following:

  • Information on child development from birth through toddler years;
  • Events where parents share insights or concerns together;
  • Access to others opportunities and services in the community, as needed.

Class Structure

Parents and children attend Brighter Beginning classes together. Class time is divided into time for parent/child educational activities and parent time. During this time, parents discuss various topics with qualified educators and other parents. Child care is provided during this time and children enjoy socialization and activities with quality child care providers.

Classes are held at Valley United Methodist Church located at 4201 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines.


The first session of Brighter Beginnings is complimentary for families living in the West Des Moines Community School district. There is a $75 fee for additional sessions and out-of-district families.

2016-17 Class Schedule

Session I:  September 6-December 7
Registration begins August 1 for in-district families and August 22 for out-of-district families.

Session II: February 7-May 9
Registration begins December 15 for in-district families and January 9 for out-of-district families.

Age Group Days Times
Toddler I (12-24 months) Tuesdays 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Toddler II (2-3 1/2 years) Wednesdays 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays 10:45 a.m. to noon

* Class times remains the same throughout both sessions.
* Please do not send in your registration form more than two weeks prior to the session deadline.


Please complete a registration card and return the card along with $75 if out-of-district to WDMCS Community Education, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5556. Registration is limited to one class time per family per session so we can serve as many families as possible.

A separate registration card is necessary for EACH session. Please contact Sonja LeSher at 515-633-5009 to receive an additional registration card or download one here.