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La Petite Academy of Des Moines

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Open: M-F, 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Ages: 18 Months - 10 Years
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Now Enrolling for Preschool and Pre-K

The path to kindergarten, and future success, goes through Preschool and Pre-K. The sooner your child starts their journey, the better. Let us ensure their school readiness. 

Welcome to Our School

Welcome to La Petite Academy educational daycare in Des Moines, IA! My name is Jenny Snyder and I am the academy director. I have been with La Petite since 1988 and have been the academy director since 1991. I currently hold the National Administrator Director Credential, as well as member of the Iowa Association of Young Children.

In addition to providing superior local child care, our Preschool program offers the best early childhood education in the Des Moines community. Our school currently participates in the Quality Rating System in Iowa, as well as the CACFP Federal Food Program.

I view all families here as an extension of my own and I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment. I have a great team that is experienced and dedicated to our families. At the end of 2023, our school held six dedication plaques for teachers who have served more than 20 years, including myself!

We’re committed to keeping you connected throughout the day while your child is in our care. Get access to live streaming video of your child’s classroom, plus other real-time updates, with our exclusive mobile app for families, SproutAbout.

We have been in the South Side community for over 45 years and are happy to offer flexible enrollment options to fit your schedule. I have had the pleasure to see former students bring their own children here to attend La Petite. Schedule a tour of our fantastic La Petite Academy in Des Moines, IA today!

Here's what people have to say

5 out of 5 stars
We just love how everyone is so friendly! Keep being awesome!
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We absolutely love La Petite! The teachers and leadership are so welcoming and friendly. My child has developed some skills and his language has exploded over the last two years. I am able to focus on work and know that my child is well cared for.
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Really love the staff. I always feel comfortable talking to them about anything going on with my child.
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I’m happy I chose this daycare for my child to go to, the director and teachers are friendly and care about my child!! I appreciate all that they do!
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Love the daycare, the teachers and director!!
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I absolutely love La petite, my child loves going there, everyone is very helpful and friendly. I would recommend then to anyone looking for good quality childcare!
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Very amazing care and communication.
My daughter miracle learns so much the teacher are amazing...
Very good experience. I am very happy with this school. When I did have a problem I voiced it and they addressed it immediately.
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I Love your school and my daughter loves it too!! The instructor and teachers are great and I like how we can be professional but also joke around!! I feel very comfortable and secure about my daughter going there and I also have a granddaughter that goes there and she loves it too!! Thank you to all the staff for all your great work and taking good care of all the children!!
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Our Programs


It’s the ultimate summer experience! It will be a wonderful season, filled with friendship, playtime, discovery, field trips, delicious food, and more. Experience the wonder of summer.

Explore Our Summer Camp

Learn About Electives

For an additional fee, go beyond regular classroom learning experiences with our enhanced series of fun, interactive enrichment programs exploring a variety of activities. We offer:

Soccer, Music, Yoga, Spanish, Phonics, Handwriting & Advanced Math

Open a window to your child's day.

SproutAbout®, our exclusive family app, provides free live streaming video of your child’s classroom to your mobile device.

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Meet Our Staff

Jenny Snyder, Director

Education: 32 years of experience

Certifications: National Director Credential, Medication Administration, CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions

I believe a successful early childhood education is the stepping stone to elementary education. I take pride in my teaching teams and the quality care they provide. Both of my daughters attended La Petite Academy, and were very prepared educationally and socially for kindergarten.

Meet Our Staff

Paula Baber, Assistant Director

Certifications: CPR/First Aid and Universal Precautions

I have over 30 years of experience and love all the relationships I have developed with the families over the years. The growth of the children from the beginning of the school year to Pre-Kindergarten graduation is amazing. I am proud of the teachers I work with and their desire to have a positive impact on the lives of the kiddos in our school.

Meet Our Staff

April Smith, Team Lead

Certifications: CPR/First Aid/Universal Precautions

I have been with La Petite Academy over 20 years. I enjoy the many families that come through our door. I especially love when they come back and visit or even enroll their own children. I look forward to getting to know your family.

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Local School Phone Number: 515.285.6975515.285.6975 License #: 4177000003