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February 1, 2024

Amazing Begins In Ames – Get Ready for Preschool or Kindergarten

The journey to an amazing educational experience for our littlest learners begins here! We are thrilled to invite you to explore the possibilities and opportunities that await your child in our preschool and kindergarten programs. At the Ames Community School District, we understand the importance of fostering a nurturing environment that sparks curiosity, creativity, and a love for learning from the very beginning. By filling out our interest forms, you are taking the first step towards providing your child with a foundation for a lifetime of educational success. Join us on this exciting adventure where amazing begins here!


Northwood Preschool Center provides free preschool classes four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Ames CSD is currently taking names of preschool students who are intending to register for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year through our Preschool Information Request. Incoming Preschool students must be 4 years old on or before September 15. 

Registration does not officially open until spring. As a preschool family, you will receive additional information at the contact information you provide in the form.


Know a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 15 who is eligible for kindergarten? The Ames CSD is currently taking names of students and their parents/guardians, who are interested in enrolling their children for kindergarten in our District via our Kindergarten Information Request

We assign kindergarten students to the school in the boundary area that corresponds to their home address. Students who enroll after classes are full in their grade level at their boundary school may be assigned to a different school. If your resident district is outside of Ames, open enrollment is required to attend in the district. 2024-2025 Open enrollment applications are available online.   

This is only an interest form and not signing your child up for kindergarten. Registration information will be sent to those stating their interest later this spring. 

Current Students

Online registration for the 2024-2025 school year will open for all students later this spring. You will receive additional information when that time comes through ParentSquare.

If you have any questions regarding registration, contact the District Registrar or visit our Registration and Enrollment page.