For the Child
The goals of our program give your child the opportunity to develop:


• A positive self-concept

• Independence

• Problem-solving skills

• Language skills (both listening and speaking)

• Large and small motor coordination

• A curiosity about the world

• Social skills including cooperation and working together

• Respect for one’s own space, rights, and differences

• Self-expression


• Small class sizes

• Outdoor play experiences

• Computer time

• Nutritionally-balanced, home-cooked meals and snacks

• Age-appropriate activities in reading, writing, math, science, nature and the arts that introduce the child to the wonders of the world

• Regularly-planned intergenerational activities with Wesley Acres residents

• Extra-curricular activities




To provide our children with outstanding opportunities we partner with Grace Preschool through the Des Moines Public School system. This program is for our current 4-5 year old students as an alternative, afternoon preschool environment Monday-Thursday from 12:30 - 3:15 pm. Children’s Garden coordinates the application process and provides transportation to and from Grace United Methodist Church at 3700 Cottage Grove Ave; Des Moines IA 50311.

Learn more about Grace Preschool at their website.

Learn about the preschool application process
on the Des Moines Public School's website.