Metro Kids Care


To provide enrichment activities that encourage children to further their education and social development while attending before and after-school programming.


To serve the families of Des Moines Public Schools by providing safe, affordable, and developmental appropriate childcare programming for children PreK-8th Grade.


Metro Kids gives children a chance to relax and choose activities before and after-school. Metro Kids staff plan activities, games, physical activities, nutrition awareness and crafts designed to involve and challenge children in fun and enriching ways.

On full-day childcare days, such as spring break and summer break children explore the greater Des Moines area on a variety of field trips. Metro Kids partners with Metro Arts Alliance to bring local artists into the program to expose children and help them experience various forms of art.


Registrations are accepted at anytime throughout the year. Due to space availability and staff-student ratio guidelines enrollment is limited at some Metro Kids sites. Waiting lists do occur. Current children enrolled in Metro Kids are given enrollment forms in the spring of each year. Enrollment is then opened to new families. Registration materials can be found online at:


Metro Kids is open each day school is in session. Morning care begins at 6:30 AM until school starts and after-school until 5:30 PM.

Full-Day Care:

Full-day care is available at select schools across the city for current Metro Kids participants. The hours are 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Service for these days must be reserved ahead of time. Registration forms for this service are sent to your child’s school about 4-6 weeks prior to the full-day care. Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will receive confirmation of your child’s enrollment. A minimum of 15 children is required for a site to be opened.

 Weather Policy:

Classes cancelled- No Metro Kids

Early Dismissal-No Metro Kids

Morning Late Start- opens at 6:30, care available until school begins

Contact Information:

Ryan Hammond at: