written by Alexandra Wade

PP-storytimeOur second Community Education Highlight is Preschool Palooza! This fun and free event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 8 at Hillside Elementary. Preschool Palooza is for children ages 2–6 and their parents. There will be fun, educational activities children can enjoy while parents gather information about early childhood opportunities. All snacks and activities are free.

PP-cafeteriaWhile children are enjoying inflatables, face-painting, singing and dancing with Music-n-Motion, and exploring City of West Des Moines vehicles, parents can find out more about early childhood opportunities. They will be able to talk with WDMCS district staff about kindergarten registration information, the WDMCS district preschool programs coordinator, preschool directors and teachers who participate in SVPP, and the WDMCS district nutrition department.


Come join us at Preschool Palooza for a fun, free, and informative time! Those interested can contact Jamie Evans, Holly Burns, and Sonja B. LeSher for more information.





Special thanks to the following organizations for their help with Preschool Palooza:

  • Apple Tree Children’s Center – Grand and Ashworth Location
  • City of West Des Moines
  • Drake University Head Start
  • The Hannah Geneser Foundation
  • Music-n-Motion
  • Creekside Christian Preschool
  • Sacred Heart Preschool
  • Tiger Cubs at Clive, Crestview, Jordan Creek, Western Hills, and Westridge
  • Walnut Creek YMCA
  • West Des Moines EMS
  • West Des Moines Park and Recreation
  • West Des Moines Police Department
  • WDMCS Nutrition Department