Metro Kids is a fee-based school childcare program available in elementary schools on school days. All kindergarten through fifth-grade students are eligible. Program hours are from school dismissal to 5:45 PM (hours will be extended to 6:00 PM beginning in August 2018). On non-school days, all-day child-care services are available at regional sites.
Staff are certified in CPR, First Aid and obtain the required number of training hours as required by the Department of Human Services. All Metro Kids sites are licensed by DHS.
We have a grant connected with United Way that has provided staff training to incorporate Literacy and Science into our programming. We also work with Blank Children’s hospital and incorporate a program called CATCH into our programs, it is targeted to fight child obesity, using nutrition and physical activities to get kids moving while having fun.
Metro Kids maintains the integrity of the Des Moines Public Schools mission by providing enrichment activities that encourage children to further their educational and social development by participating in creative, technical, recreational and interactive opportunities while attending before and after school programming.
To serve the families of Des Moines Public Schools by providing safe, affordable and developmentally appropriate childcare programming for grade K-5 children.
For information on the services provided by Metro Kids along with an overview of the fees, please visit the links in the menu to the right.