Kids Care

Here at St. Francis, our Kids Care program (School Age K-8) provides a Christ-centered, safe, and nurturing environment for school-age students when they are not in session at St. Francis of Assisi School. Kids Care is an Iowa DHS-certified program.

We encourage ongoing social, creative, and physical development through age-appropriate, engaging and fun activities in a structured yet flexible routine.

During their time at Kids Care, children participate in age-appropriate activities: crafts, manipulative table toys, and large motor in the gym or, weather permitting, outside on the playground. Children are encouraged to do their homework. Kids Care offers piano lessons as an additional activity available after school.

We offer an AMAZING summer camp for children K through 6th grade! We take field trips and have engaging enrichment activities weekly. We offer and transport to swimming lessons during the first part of the summer. All summer long we visit various pools in the area.

Teachers have an education in comprehensive childcare and appropriate practices as well as curriculum-specific training and certification. All Kids Care staff have certified training (First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Child Abuse reporting). All Kids Care staff are required to maintain qualifications with annual continuous training hours.

If you have questions or want to learn more about our programming, contact Rex Kromkowski, Kids Care Director, at . We would love to have your child be a part of the Kids Care program!

FEE SCHEDULE – 2023-2024

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Kids Care Summer 2023

During our summer program our goal is to provide a Christ-centered, safe, and nurturing environment for K-6 students. We strive to create positive memories and experiences that will last a lifetime for our participants. Your child will be surrounded by our trained and experienced staff who will guide them through their summer of fun, while providing care and assistance at all times. The Summer program is only available to students that are entering Kindergarten through entering 6th grade. 


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The camp will start June 5th and end August 8th.

Cost: $1,900 Full Time ( 4 or more days/week) or $1,300 Part Time (3 or less days/week)

Drop in rate: $50/day with 24 hour notice ahead of time.


Registration fee: $300 (nonrefundable)


Field Trips/Pool Trips

We will be taking one field trip per week to various kid-friendly locations around the Des Moines area. We will also be visiting different pools around the area twice a week. Holiday, Clive, Valley View, and Adel are the pool locations we will be visiting. We will be transported to all these places via school buses with licensed bus drivers. 



All of the various pools we will visit will have certified lifeguards on duty. Our staff will also be in the water with the kids. Kids in the age group of K-2nd will need to stay in the shallow/kids area of the pool. If they are tall enough to go on slides/lazy rivers they will only be able to do so with a member of the staff accompanying them. Children will have sunscreen applied to them once before we leave for the pool and once after our first half of time at the pool. We will also be offering swim lessons at Dowling Catholic and will send out more information about them after everyone has enrolled in the Kids Care summer program.


A lunch option will be offered 5 days a week (monthly menus coming soon).

Cost: TBD dependent on whether it gets submitted through the National Lunch Program (TBD per meal, per child, billed through FACTS)


Monday -Thursday: Hot Lunch

Fridays: Deli sandwich



Your child will be automatically enrolled in VBS as a part of the Summer Program Tuition. VBS will take place June 26-30th and will be held at St. Francis.