About Our Program

An Atmosphere for Learning

Our program promotes independent thinking, problem solving and self-confidence. Children spend their day in active learning – interacting with real things and caring people all around them. 

A table full of kinetic sand bins and little hands playing
Students participating in various activities within a classroom

Class Activities

We believe play is a child’s joyful “work,” and we offer a variety of materials to stimulate interests and abilities of the kids. We plan both structured and unstructured activities each day. Our centers of interest include themes such as writing, dramatic play, blocks, table toys and manipulatives, science and discovery, books and listening, and a creation station. Our materials are carefully chosen to promote exploration, which allows and encourages children to think creatively and independently. 

Kids smiling on hallways bench

Join the Fun

Our parents are truly viewed as an integral part of our program! We invite parents to come read to the class or help with special celebrations. We have an open house in November, cookies and carols for the entire family as we near Christmas, plus a year-end picnic and a fun graduation celebration for Pre-K and transitional kindergarten students in May. Moms and dads, grandparents and siblings are welcome anytime! Just let us know how you’d like to be involved and be sure to check our calendar for special events. 

Frequent Communication

We feel it’s important for you to get a glimpse into what happens each week and month. Teachers send monthly newsletters outlining the exciting plans for the weeks ahead. They also send home weekly “conversation starters” about students’ friends, books read, songs learned and more, to give you some specific clues to help you talk with your child about the fun they’re having at Hope West Des Moines Preschool!  
We’ll have Parent-Teacher Conferences in March, right after spring break, to give you a chance to talk one-on-one with teachers and find out how your son or daughter is thriving.  
At the end of the year, parents receive a binder with a collection of their student’s developmental progress for the year, along with photos from all the fun they had in preschool. It’s a valuable keepsake you can treasure for years to come! 

2024-25 registration coming soon

Online registration for the 2024-25 school year will be available for Hope members* on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 9:00 am. Registration will be open to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 9:00 am. Check back here for the links! Registrations will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

*A member is someone who has attended Hope’s membership class.

Get to Know Our Team


Jody Hufford


Stephanie Mason