Our Mission
The mission of Children’s Garden is to serve as a non-profit parent cooperative. We are committed to providing a high quality child care program in a stable and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children from all races, creeds, and national origins, while responding to the needs of the family.

Monday – Friday [6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.]

Infant Program [7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.]


We are closed for major holidays:  Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Our Philosophy

We believe that learning is an interactive process. Children are best served by an environment that allows active exploration of materials and people relevant to the child’s own life experiences.

The director, in conjunction with staff, teachers, and aides, will plan and execute a curriculum based on freedom of choice, balanced with specific learning activities with the goals of stimulating curiosity, enhancing learning, promoting independent thinking and a positive self-concept.

The corporation operates as a non-profit parent cooperative. The Board of Directors is made up of the parent members who serve in a supervisory and advisory capacity to the staff, and determine policy and procedure for the cooperative. All parents will be encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of the program.

We believe that parent participation develops a partnership between home and school that fosters a greater consistency and stability for children. Parental involvement creates an environment that is an extension of the home, rather than a substitute for it.


AARP—Volunteer opportunities for the American Association of Retired Persons.


Des Moines Area Community College—Volunteer and internship opportunities for students.


Des Moines University—Employees and students receive priority on our wait list.  Volunteer and internship opportunities for students.


Drake University—Volunteer and internship opportunities for students.


Grace Universal Preschool—We provide transportation to preschool through the Des Moines Public Schools for children ages 4 & 5.


Ruth Harbor—Volunteer opportunities for the young women residents.


Trinity Lutheran Church—Houses Children’s Garden.  Volunteer opportunities for church members.


Wesley Acres—Intergenerational programming with the residents.