Preschool students sit on floor while teacher reads a story to them

About our program


Our purpose is to provide an environment that will:

  • Nurture and stimulate the development of the whole child.
  • Increase each child’s knowledge and understanding of God.
  • Surround each child with the feeling of God’s presence in themselves, others and creation.
  • Encourage each child to actively participate in Catholic Christian life by loving God and sharing God’s love with others


Our curriculum will promote emotional, social, creative, physical, cognitive and spiritual development through:

  • A structured yet flexible classroom routine
  • A balance of self-selected and teacher directed activities
  • A wide variety of materials and meaningful, learning play centers
  • Classroom and community prayer experiences as well as outreach projects

View Curriculum Specifics (PDF)


Our emphasis will be on developmentally appropriate, experiential education that is safe, satisfying and fun for children in order to promote an eagerness for life-long learning and Catholic Christian living.

Important Announcements & Dates:

2020-21 Enrollment Request Period: January 13-17, 2020

A Preschool Information Night will be held on Monday, January 13 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall to launch our 2020-21 “Request for Enrollment” period and answer any questions regarding the Preschool program and our enrollment process. If your child will meet the eligibility requirements and enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is desired, a “Request for Enrollment” form must be completed and submitted at the Information Night or at the Parish Office between Monday, January 13 and Friday, January 17, 2020.

For questions, contact Tammy Myers, Preschool Director, at 515-223-4577, ext. 116 or by email.

Helpful Links

Request for Enrollment Form

2019-20 Preschool Calendar (PDF)

Program Levels/Times & Eligibility Information

St. Francis Preschool offers 3 levels of programming to prepare children to progress toward Kindergarten.

Little Learners (children must have turned 2 years old by January 1 of the year enrollment is requested):
A class of 16 children in the morning (8:35-11:05 a.m.) on Wednesdays and Fridays. Intended for the youngest classroom learner (possibly 3 years from Kindergarten). Program emphasis on separating from parents, self-help skills, awareness and acceptance of others, sharing space and materials, exploration and creative expression.

Growing Learners (children must be 3 years old by September 15 of the year enrollment is requested):
A class of 16 children in the morning (8:35-11:05 a.m.) and 16 children in the afternoon (12:20-2:50 p.m.) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Intended for the progressing early learner (possibly 2 years from Kindergarten). Program emphasis on growing independence, increasing self-regulation, building social and communication skills, and awakening of academic interest.

Pre-Kindergarten Learners (children must be 4 years old by September 15 of the year enrollment is requested):
A class of 24 children in the morning (8:30-11:15 a.m.) and 24 children in the afternoon (12:15-3 p.m.) Mondays-Thursdays each week. Intended for the maturing early learner (the year before Kindergarten). Program emphasis on school readiness skills of self-assurance and regulation, character building, social awareness, decision making, time management, problem solving, and increasing academic interest/skill.

*All children must be toilet trained prior to attendance.

Note: Enrollment at St. Francis of Assisi Preschool is not related to enrollment at St. Francis of Assisi School or vice versa. No prioritization is given to those enrolled in one program for admittance in the other.