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Child Care Resources

Children’s Garden

Dependent children of students and employees receive priority consideration for openings as they become available at the Children’s Garden Child Care Center.  In the fall 2001, Children’s Garden entered into a partnership with Wesley Acres Retirement Community and Des Moines University.  It is the second oldest non-profit child care program in Iowa.

The center is located at Wesley Acres Retirement Community, which is adjacent to the DMU campus.  For more information, please visit or contact them directly at 515-271-6625.

Mercy Child Development Center


Mercy Medical Center Des Moines

Des Moines University is excited to partner with Mercy Child Development Center to help meet the child care needs of our students.

Bright Horizons at Mercy Child Development Center is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, and offers a unique, flexible range of child care hours for children 6 weeks to 8 years of age.  They also offer drop-in services and emergency child care when normal care arrangements fall through.  

Download the information sheet  for more information (pdf). You can also visit, or contact them directly at 515-643-9090 or

Other resources

Central Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral – Responding to community needs for affordable and accessible quality child care by providing resources, education and advocacy. Call them at 515-246-3590 or 1-800-722-7619.