Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program

The Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SVPP) provides high quality preschool opportunities for four-year-old children. WDMCS district receives funding from the Iowa Department of Education for approximately 400 four-year-old children to attend preschool. This program is for children who will be four-years-old on or before September 15 of the school year for which they are enrolling.

Preschool Criteria

All preschools participating in the SVPP program will meet the following Iowa Department of Education criteria:

  • The lead teacher will be certified in Early Childhood Education
  • Minimum of 10 hours of instruction per week will be provided (most programs are 12 hours)
  • Will meet  IQPPS or NAEYC standards
  • Will use a research based curriculum and assessment
  • Preschool staff will conduct a home visit with each participating family

Locations

There are 9 locations offering part-time preschool (half day sessions) and two centers offering full-day programs.

The WDMCS District Tiger Cubs Preschools – Half Day
Location Phone Number Funded By SVPP
Clive Learning Academy* 515-633-5800 Two section with approximately 2/3 of each class funded by SVPP and the remaining 1/3 funded by Special Education.
Crestview School of Inquiry* 515-633-5700 Four sections with approximately 2/3 of each class funded by SVPP and the remaining 1/3 funded by Special Education.
Fairmeadows Elementary* 515-633-6500 Two sections with approximately 2/3 of each class funded by SVPP and the remaining 1/3 funded by Special Education.
Jordan Creek Elementary* 515-633-5200 Four sections with approximately 2/3 of each class funded by SVPP and the remaining 1/3 funded by Special Education.
Western Hills Elementary* 515-633-5900 Two sections with approximately 2/3 of each class funded by SVPP and the remaining 1/3 funded by Special Education.
Westridge Elementary* 515-633-5400 Four sections with approximately 2/3 of each class funded by SVPP and the remaining 1/3 funded by Special Education.
The WDMCS District Partner Preschools – Half Day
Location Phone Number Funded By SVPP
Creekside Christian Preschool* 515-277-8454 Two sections
Sacred Heart Preschool* 515-226-2146 Three sections
West Des Moines United Methodist Church Preschool* 515-279-8897 Three sections

* Please check with individual centers for fees.

The WDMCS District Community Partners – Full Day
Location Phone Number
Apple Tree Children’s Center – Ashworth Location 515-226-9791
Apple Tree Children’s Center – Grand Location 515-225-1837

These two centers will offer families a reduced fee so that students may attend preschool while attending a center that can provide full-time child care.

Registration

Tigers Cubs preschool registration begins in November and continues throughout the school year. Click Here for more information.

To apply for SVPP in our partner preschools, you should contact the location of your choice for specific registration information and enrollment.

Please note: It is not necessary to meet income guidelines to participate in this program; however, students from families who reside in the district and/or meet income guidelines will be given priority placement.

Contact Information

Holly Burns

Preschool Programs Coordinator
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
515-633-5010