Children's Garden

Welcome to Children's Garden child care in Des Moines

About Us

Our Families

Children's Garden is the only Non-Profit Parent Cooperative in the state of Iowa.  Our center is owned and operated by our parent membership in partnership with our Executive Director.   There are many ways for parents to be involved!  Parent involvement is encouraged; parent's  can  join the Board, participate in center volunteer opportunities,  attend annual parent meetings, accompany classes on field trips, and more!   


Mission Statement

The mission of The 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.  

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.  

Our Programs

We offer extraordinary care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age.  Our preschool program uses Creative Curriculum to ensure students are prepared for an effortless transition to kindergarten.  

Our before and after school program offers transportation to and from area schools, homework help, and field trip activities during breaks.  

Our program also includes weekly Music, Spanish, Yoga, and Fit-N-Fun Classes! 

Our Staff

We pride ourselves on our smaller class sizes that enhance our student to teacher ratio.  Our focus is to ensure your child is safe, nurtured, and reaching their full potential of learning.  All our staff are CPR and First Aid certified and participate in 15 hours of early childhood education annually.  We value parent relationships and have an open door policy to all parents any time of the day.    


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We love our families, so feel free to schedule a visit during normal business hours.

Children's Garden

3223 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311, United States




6:30 am – 6:00 pm


6:30 am – 6:00 pm


6:30 am – 6:00 pm


6:30 am – 6:00 pm


6:30 am – 6:00 pm






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We provide a unique connection with our parents and their children while they are in our care.  We use the Brightwheel app to provide real time updates and keep parents informed throughout the day. You will receive progress reports, meal time notes and photos to montior your child's day.   You can also message the classroom teachers and easily pay your child's tuition.

We participate in the food program (CACFP).  Our meals are homemade with whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits and follow the federal guidelines to ensure your child receives nutritious meals!  We have the ability to accommodate dietary needs such as food allergies, vegan, vegetarian, religious , and others. 

Upcoming Events

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Join us for our Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A on Merle Hay Road from 5p-8p.  Just mention you are supporting Children's Garden before you order and we will receive 10% of the proceeds to help us with our summer camp! 

We are ready for Spring Break!  Enrollment for Spring Break camp will start on February 5, 2018! Registration is $50 per family.  Download our  calendar to check out our Mad Scientist Week!  

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Big News- Newsletter Highlights


As the weather continues to fluctuate, I want to remind our families of our weather closing policy. Children’s Garden will close for inclement weather when the Des Moines Public schools are closed. Notifications of closing will be sent using, email, text, KCCI,  Bright Wheel and Facebook. Please refer to the handbook for more details.