Preschool Support Program


The Preschool Program provides family-focused services to parents of preschool children. Services fully engage parents, and the entire process focuses on family interactions. Services can be provided through one-on-one visitation in the family's home or through parent workshops in a group setting.

The program Caseworker serves as an advocate for the family, providing ongoing collaboration between the family and the preschool in order to ensure a positive preschool experience for the child.

The program is able to serve families with preschool children age 4-5 who reside in Des Moines or Louisa Counties and meet program eligibility guidelines for income.

Goals of the program include:

  • Educating parents about child development.
  • Improving nurturing and attachment.
  • Promoting healthy family functioning.
  • The program utilizes the curriculum Raising a Thinking Child, developed by Dr. Myrna B. Shure and based on over 30 years of research. This problem-solving approach shows parents how to teach their children specific skills that will help them cope with conflicts with peers, siblings, and adults.

    Services are comprehensive and focused on the individualized needs of each family:

  • Parents will learn ways to teach their children how to think, not what to think, learning how to teach their children new ways to make decisions, problem solve, and cope with feelings.
  • Children learn how to evaluate the consequences of their decisions, negotiate for what they desire, and to cope with frustration when they can?t have what they want.
  • All services are confidential and offered at no cost to the family. Please contact the Preschool Program for more information at 319-752-4000, ext. 140.


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