Downtown Preschool

Welcome to the Downtown Preschool!

Through our partnership with the Hope Coalition, we’re excited to offer preschool opportunities to children in the Downtown Sioux Falls and Pettigrew Heights community.

Central Downtown Children’s Center is a Christ-based school located at Central Church Downtown in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

2023-24 Preschool Calendar

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Preschool Programs

Preschool classes are categorized two ways: by age and by time  (4-5 year olds: Monday, Wednesday, Friday or 3 year olds: Tuesday and Thursday).

    Our preschool programs are taught by a certified head teacher (either Elementary or Early Childhood) and assistant teacher(s) with early childhood experience. Each member of our staff has been thoroughly screened before hiring, in order to provide a safe environment for your child.

    Preschool Classes

    Our preschool classes are for kids ages 3-5 years old, and they encourage children to develop a life-long enjoyment of learning by providing a positive early-childhood classroom experience.

    All students in our classes will participate in extracurricular gym, music, and movement activities each month.

    3 Year-Old Class

    If your child is four by September 1st

    Doodle Bugs

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    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.


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    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

    4- and 5-Year-Old Class

    If your child is four by September 1.

    Brave Bears

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    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Fantastic Foxes

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    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Downtown Daycare

    We provide before and after care for families who need childcare all day. We accept childcare assistance, or families can apply for a scholarship to help pay for childcare.

    Full price is $165 for kids ages 3-5 years old. Scholarships start as low as $25 a week, but are based on income.


    • Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm
    • Phone number: 605-900-6448
    • Location: Central Church Downtown | 1117 W. 11th St., Sioux Falls, SD  57104

    Tuition & Fees

    Central Church Downtown Preschool is partnering with the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition to provide educational opportunities for all children in the Sioux Falls community, regardless of their family’s financial situation.

    For details on enrollment at our Downtown Preschool, call us at 605-900-6448 or email [email protected]. We still have a few openings for this fall semester. We also provide transportation in some areas and serve lunch to students.

    About the Sioux Falls Hope Coalition:
    The Sioux Falls Hope Coalition focuses on narrowing the achievement gap in our community through one simple strategy: Ensuring that every child gets a chance to attend preschool. Supported by business leaders, the United Way, and non-profits, the coalition is seeking to place children, currently on a waiting list for subsidized preschool, into existing high quality faith-based programs.

    About Us

    Mission Statement

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    Central Downtown Children’s Center exists to help kids learn and grow and love the whole family through Christ.

    Philosophy of Education

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    Jessi Copeland

    Preschool and Daycare Director

    Jennie Smithback

    Assistant Director

    Julie Imhoff

    Doodlebug Head Teacher

    Grace Versteeg

    Brave Bear And Fantastic Fox Head And Daycare Teacher

    Haley Thompson

    Dragonfly Head Teacher and Daycare Teacher

    Karina Gibson

    Doodlebug Assistant

    Kelly Carlson

    Brave Bear And Fantastic Fox Assistant Teacher

    Kara Olson

    Dragonfly Assistant