Spend a Year Preparing for Kindergarten
Photo of a Johnston preschool classroom with a teacher helping students.

We are excited to welcome you and your family to the Johnston Early Learning Academy! We are opening our new state-of-the-art early learning academy in Johnston for the 2018-2019 school year. Please register your child for an exemplary early learning educational experience.

The objective of our 4-year-old preschool program is to provide a quality education for children during the year(s) before entering kindergarten. To attend, children must be four years old by September 15 and do not need to live in the district.

Tuition is provided through the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program. This funding provides an opportunity for all young children in the state of Iowa to enter school ready to learn by expanding access to quality preschool curricula for all four-year-old children. There are no fees to attend 4-year old preschool.

All preschool programs have state licensed early childhood teachers. Maximum number of students for the 4-year-old program is 20 students with two teachers.


The Johnston Preschool Curriculum is based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, early literacy concepts, Zaner Bloser writing and Everyday Math. Students are engaged in activities and learning opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively in the early learning environment. The curriculum also adheres to the Iowa Early Learning Standards for Preschool. The Early Childhood program is accredited in the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS).

Also available in the preschool program:

  • Field trips
  • Hearing, vision and speech screenings
  • A literacy assessment
  • Parent/teacher conferences held twice yearly


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.

2019-20 Registration

Registration for Johnston’s 2019-20 early learning programs is now open.

Registration for all ages of preschool students is now open. You do not need to be a Johnston resident to enroll. The online registration is through Infinite Campus.

If you need assistance with registration, you can walk in for assistance at at the Johnston Early Learning Academy at 6207 NW 62nd Ave from 8am to 10am. Placement is on a first come, first service bases until each class is filled.

2019-20 4-year-old Preschool Program Class Schedule

(No fees due to Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program Grant)

Four days/week class schedule

9:00-11:45 a.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 20 Johnston Early Learning Academy
(6207 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston)
12:30- 3:15 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 20 Johnston Early Learning Academy


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