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Early Childhood Programs

Our Early Childhood Programs include Preschool and Early Kindergarten.

About Preschool

Our Preschool Program provides preschool for children who are 4-years old by September 15, under the guidelines of Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program. Our Early Success 3-Year Old Preschool Program is for children who will be 3 years old by September 15 and whose families meet certain income guidelines.

The Preschool Program provides learning experiences that help students cultivate a positive foundation for education and enter elementary school ready to learn. Licensed Early Childhood teachers provide preschool  instruction and our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We encourage family involvement through home visits, family nights and teacher conferences.

We offer half-day sessions, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Northwood Preschool Center and our partner sites. Northwood Preschool Center does not provide wrap-around care.

Northwood Preschool Center


3012 Duff Ave., Ames.
8:35 – 11:30 a.m. or
12:25 – 3:20 p.m.

Partner Sites


Formative Years
4510 Todd Drive, Ames
 8:35 to 11:30 a.m.
Iowa State University Lab School
4380 Palmer, HDFS Building Suite 0351, Ames
8:35 to 11:30 a.m.
University Community Childcare
Stange Rd & Bruner St., Ames
8:35 to 11:30 a.m.

About Early Kindergarten

Early Kindergarten is an option for children who will be 5 years old by September 15 but may not be ready for a formal, full-day kindergarten program. We offer morning and afternoon half-day classes, Monday through Friday, based on a regular kindergarten curriculum.

How to enroll in Preschool

How to enroll in Early Kindergarten

 Iowa’s Early Literacy Implementation Program



 Department Staff

Darcy Cosens
Director, Early Childhood Programs
Educational Services Center
415 Stanton Ave
Ames, IA 500104


Barb Weber
Secretary to Director of Early Childhood Programs
Educational Services Center
415 Stanton Ave.
Ames, IA 50014


Leslie Weible
Secretary to Director of Early Childhood Programs
Educational Services Center
415 Stanton Ave.
Ames,IA 50014



Brandon Schrauth


Principal, Northwood Preschool Center

3012 Duff Ave.
Ames, IA 50010

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