Holidays & Closings

Child Development Center

Finding the best childcare facility for your family is a big decision.  You need to choose one that feels just right.  We invite you to our facility at any time so you can experience first-hand, what Bidwell Riverside Child Development Center is all about. 


Hours:  Monday through Friday 6:30am-5:30pm

  • Classrooms for ages 2-5 years of age

  • UPK Classroom for 4 year olds

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten through a DMPS Community Partnership

  • Payments Accepted:  Private Pay, Promise Jobs, and DHS Assistance

  • United Way Coalition Center

  • 4-star designation through the Quality Ratings System of Iowa

Mission Statement:  Empowering children, regardless of income or background, to be compassionate and able life-long learners by providing quality education and care. 

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P: 515-244-2268


As a United Way of Central Iowa Partner, the children in our child development center have access to valuable onsite resources, including: dental exams and fluoride treatments, eye exams, hearing tests, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

We are also part of United Way's Book Buddy program. 


Our oldest classroom is a UPK, or Universal Pre-Kindergarten classroom.  Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a program designed to provide voluntary, universal access to high-quality preschool education programs for the state’s 4-year-olds.


We are partnered with the Des Moines Public Schools for this program, and are one of their community locations.


The provision of nutritious foods contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children. Each day, our child development center provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.


In addition, families may access our onsite food and clothing pantry when picking up their children. The pantry provides free groceries to take home.

1203 Hartford Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50315


Phone: 515-244-6251

Fax: 515-244-3815

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  To view our USDA Nondiscrimination Statement, click here.