Whether you work at home, work from home or commute to a job, having flexible childcare options is a necessity for busy parents. No matter what your situation, a time will come that you need to get some stuff done or you’ll just need some “me” time. Pay a visit to one of these drop-off childcare spots in Des Moines. Some offer regular drop-off hours, while others are known for occasional Parents’ Night Out programs and camps. Here’s where to go if you need a break or if your usual childcare plan falls through.
2 for U Childcare
This childcare center offers more flexibility than most. While it welcomes fully enrolled part-time and full-time babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, it also offers drop-in care. They have locations in Ankeny and West Des Moines making it even more convenient. You must call in advance to check on availability of drop-in care and there is a $30.00 enrollment fee.
Prices are $60/full day or $40/half day
6950 NE 14th St, Suites 36-38
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 777-3602
720 S. 68th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: (515) 225-3603
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm, you can drop off your 18 month old to Kindergartener. This program is set up to give a reprieve twice a week to stay at home parents, or to fit into an already formed daycare program. If you are looking for a way to expand your child’s play time or community with other children this is a great option during the week.
Prices start at $10/drop-off visit
3600 75th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 278-0466
Childtime Learning Centers
A rare gem, Childtime offers drop-in and flexible care, all year long. You can purchase prepaid cards in five-day increments and each is good for one full year. There is no limit to how many days you can purchase in advance. As an added bonus, there is no registration fee at the time of purchase or when you use the care. After completing the enrollment paperwork, just call 48 hours in advance to reserve your spot.
Call for price information
610 Center Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
718 NE Grant StreetAnkeny, IA 50021
Phone: (877) 543-6834
Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute
Sure this gym is known for its gymnastics stars, but they also offer camps during school breaks and holidays and parents night out. Steal away for date night knowing that your busy bee is active and entertained. Chow’s offers their Parents’ Night Out program every third week of the month from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.
Call for price information
2218 Chow’s Olympic Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 327-2558
Transition your young one to a school schedule with drop-in and flexible care options at LaPetite. Flex Care is the perfect solution for those who need: care over holidays and/or school breaks, work part-time, have an irregular schedule, stay at home but need an occasional “day off”. Prepaid cards in five-day increments are offered for purchase.
5708 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (877) 763-3092
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