Preschool and Daycare - DSM First Church

Preschool and Daycare

CCYC (Creative Center for Young Children)

Welcome to the Creative Center for Young Children! Where kids can think outside the lines.

Our purpose is to create a positive learning environment with an emphasis on the Fine Arts that is developmentally appropriate and enhances EACH child’s development physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

  • Serving downtown workers with high quality childcare
  • Full-time programs for 2-5 year olds
  • Open 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday
  • Licensed by Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Before and After School Program for Elementary Aged Children
  • 280-3032 or email us at

CCYC opened in August, 1991 to provide quality child care to the downtown worker. We are unique because we are the only child care center in the Des Moines area that emphasizes the Fine Arts in working with young children.

Our goal is to provide the best care possible for the young children in a small group setting, have fun doing it, and feel proud of what we offer.

CCYC Philosophy Statement

What sets CCYC apart from all the rest? In addition to the program that emphasizes the fine arts, we approach everyday with imagination, innovation and, most of all, fun! Studies have found that learning improves when children are engaged in an enjoyable and meaningful activity. Our curriculum includes a variety of intriguing activities that stimulate early brain development with a focus on creative play. Although it may all look like kids having fun, it’s also learning in action. It’s just another way that we make sure your child gets the most out of his or her CCYC experience. Additionally, we spend time just listening to and talking with students. This type of positive interaction encourages the development of emotional, language, and social skills and enhances the development of a positive self-esteem. We also provide opportunities for each child to develop personal interest at his or her own pace. To ensure that children at CCYC are kept interested, excited, and engaged in learning, we’ve incorporated outstanding preschool curriculums that are just the right fit for your preschool child, and enrichment programs for your school-age child.

The Staff is a unique aspect to the Center. To provide the highest quality of child care for the children in their classroom, we staff two teachers per room with an additional staff added through the 3:00 PM hour.



Four classrooms are included in the program:

  •     Picasso: 2 year olds 12 children in a classroom
  •     Bach: 3 year olds 16 children in a classroom
  •     Mozart: 4 year olds (pre-k) 20 children in a classroom
  •     Van Gogh 5 - 9 year olds 21 children in a classroom


The programming is developed around the Fine Arts although the teachers develop a rich learning environment and use learning centers to create choices and child centered learning. The learning centers consist of, but are not limited to: blocks, open need and hands on art, science, woodworking, dramatic play, sensory (sand and water tables), books and music. The centers are changed weekly or bi-weekly and develop from the theme that is being used in the room. Changing the centers adds variety and motivation and creates stimulation and creativity.

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