Explore the World of Early Childhood EducationJELAMeetTheTeacher1

This is a lively and fun exposure for young learners to experience a variety of age-appropriate learning activities and opportunities through stories, songs, snack, and center choice exploratory time. Our goal is to provide a learning environment to help children continue to develop their skills and abilities. The maximum class size is 11 students with two teachers. Our 2-year program days, times and expense are listed in the chart below. Project Ready for School Scholarships are available for qualifying students.


Our philosophy is to include all children. Children with special needs are included in our preschool classrooms. An early childhood special education (ECSE) teacher and associates work in the classroom to support the individual educational goals of the ECSE children. The preschool teacher and the ECSE teacher work together as a team to implement the curriculum.

2021-22 Registration (Opens February 3, 2021 at 8 a.m.)

Children enrolling in 2 & 3 Year Old Preschool need to register through Eleyo. Online is the quickest and preferred way to register. You will need to set up an account in Eleyo if you don’t already have one prior to registering for 2 & 3 Year Old Preschool.  Registration by phone is also available, starting Feb. 3, 2021. Please call 515-727-5352; translation services are available. Registration opens at 8 a.m.

2 & 3 Year Old Preschool classes are first come, first serve. If your desired course is already full, add your child to the wait list. If there are several children on the wait list, we will see if additional class sections can be added. *Children must be age 2 by Sept. 15, 2021 to enroll in 2 Year Old preschool and age 3 by Sept. 15, 2021 to enroll in 3 Year Old preschool.

1. Go to johnston.ce.eleyo.com and choose your preferred preschool class time. Learn about the different class times and prices here.
2. Pay the $60 one time, non-refundable program fee.**A scholarship program may be available. This scholarship provides financial assistance for families who qualify to help cover the expense of 2 or 3 Year Old Preschool tuition. Application are available online at bit.ly/jela-scholarship.
3. Enter your information and you will receive an email with the next steps in the registration process. NOTE: Registration is not final until all steps have been completed.
4. Turn in or mail a hard copy of your child’s physical and immunization records to the JELA office (P.O. Box 10, 6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston) by May 1, 2021.


Applications and payment for 2- and 3-year old preschool students is ongoing. You do not need to be a Johnston resident to enroll. The online registration is through https://johnston.ce.eleyo.com.

If you need assistance with registration, you can phone for assistance, 515-72-5352; translation services are available. The beginning registration process will occur through Eleyo so parents are encouraged to set up an account in advance to help the process go faster. Click on the above link and begin creating a login and family profile. Placement is on a first come, first service bases until each class is filled.

There is a $60 one-time non-refundable program fee required upon initial registration. Your family will receive a follow up email to complete your registration through Infinite Campus at a later date.

2021-22  |  2-year preschool Program Class Schedule and Fees

Two days/week class schedule | $190/month

9:30-11:30 a.m. Mon. & Tues. 12 Johnston Early Learning Academy
(6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston)
9:30-11:30 a.m. Wed. & Thurs. 12 Johnston Early Learning Academy
(6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston)


Project Ready for School

Project Ready for School is a scholarship program for preschoolers who qualify to help them have a successful experience in kindergarten. The scholarship provides preschool tuition and family literacy visits. You must live in the Johnston Community School District to qualify and the child must be three or four years old by September 15. Call Joy Palmer at 515-727-JELA (5352) for an application or for more information.

Project Ready for School Scholarship Application

Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement
It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; web site: Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Additional Telephone Numbers
English/Spanish 1-866-632-9992
English (TDD) 1-800-877-8339
Spanish (TDD) 1-800-845-6136