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From I-235 take Exit 9 toward the East 14th Street/East 15th Street Exit. Turn onto East 14th Street. Turn Left onto East Court Avenue. Make a U-turn at Johnson Court and the center driveway is located on the right.

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Welcome to Uncle Sam's Federal Child Care Center

A great place to learn, discover and grow!

Uncle Sam’s Federal Child Care Center is managed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored chiliadic, early education, and work/life solutions. At Bright Horizons Family Solutions, we recognize how important new beginnings are in each child's development and to each family. Our mission is to provide a caring and nurturing environment where your child can learn and develop. Our center is located in Des Moines, just steps away from the Iowa State Capital Building. Uncle Sam’s serves families who work for any branch of the federal government, as well as families from the surrounding community.

** Have immediate openings in our Prekindergarten classroom!

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thanks Ms. Breanna for all your hard work with the Infants! Oliver is a happy little guy in the infant room and enjoys the environment there so much. Steve"

Our Center Programs & Services

Here are a few of our best features.

Full- and part-time early education and preschool, Full-time early education and preschool, Drop-in / emergency-care, Summer camp

Featured Parent Webinar

Quality Early Education: Choosing What's Best for Your Child

We talk to education experts from the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) to get insider tips on what to look for in a quality early childhood education program. You’ll hear how NAEYC sets standards and how to select the option best suited to your child’s unique needs.

Bright Horizons Parent Community

Helping dad when mom goes back to workThe Bright Horizons Parent Community is a great place for parents and educators to share ideas, get perspectives and ask questions. Looking for info on potty training your toddler or how to get your preschooler started with chores? This is the place for you.

Bright Spaces Help Children in Crisis

Bright Horizons Foundation for ChildrenBright Spaces - special places for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters and other agencies - help children experiencing trauma. Bright Horizons teachers and employees help create Bright Spaces, support them through volunteering, and make a difference across hundreds of communities and serve thousands of children each year. To learn more, including how you could be involved, visit Making Connections Through Bright Spaces, a digital magazine celebrating the impact our programs make in people's lives.


Healthy snacks, breakfast, and lunch using whole grains and fresh fruits & vegetables provided daily

Get involved in our Enrichment Activities

Because knowledge is more than just the ABC's.

Infant Sign Language:Children explore language, through signing simple signs.
Music: Children have the opportunity to explore different types of music, through instruments, rhythms, and tunes.
Movement Matters:Children experience a variety of exercises, games, and new ways to move their bodies! 
SMART Board:  Children sharpen their math, science, reading, and writing skills with this innovative tool that provides 21st century technology at their fingertips!
STEM: Children explore different elements of science, technology, engineering, and math through planned and spontaneous experiences!
Spanish: Children explore the Spanish language and culture through their play and planned activities.
Everyday Math: a comprehensive mathematics program that continually reinforces abstract math concepts through concrete real-world applications.
Handwriting Without Tears: a program that is fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate instructional methods to enable children to master handwriting as an automatic and comfortable skill.

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    Kindergarten-Prep Science Fair 6/14/2017
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