Preschool @ The Ridge

Preschool @ The Ridge is a weekly pre-educational program serving children ages 3–5.

We are dedicated to equipping children for future academic success while teaching Christian values.

Inclement Weather
Preschool will be closed if Ankeny schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather.

Please check local radio, TV, or for Ankeny closing information. We will also post on the Preschool @ The Ridge Facebook page and Playground App. 
Our teachers choose themes based on the interests of the preschool-age child.  We believe learning takes place through play and exploration.  Children will explore interest areas such as dramatic play, science & sensory, creative art, building, music, manipulatives, and large motor play.  Our classrooms are rich in literacy and language.  We provide a variety of experiences to develop small and large motor skills.

We believe developing social skills and learning to communicate with others is an equally important skill as children grow.  Our social curriculum used to develop communication and cooperation skills is called 2nd Step.  This curriculum uses puppets, pictures, role-playing, and music to help children develop relationships, gain problem-solving skills, and build confidence in communicating with others.  Lessons are presented to each class once a week.  Teachers are then able to aid children throughout the day as they learn to use the skills and tools taught through the 2nd Step curriculum.

The Christian education curriculum is also used throughout our programs to encourage/teach faith formation to young children.  We use the Orange curriculum combined with teacher-created lessons.  Our desire is for each child to ultimately know God’s true love for them.

Preschool @ The Ridge wants to partner with your family to provide your child with the best preschool experience possible! 
Registration Information
Registration will be in January each year. There is a $90 non-refundable registration fee. This fee includes a Preschool @ The Ridge t-shirt for your child.
Our classrooms are set up for children ages three to five years old. Children must be:
3 years old by September 15 for the 3’s program
4 years old by September 15 for the 4’s program
5 years old by September 15 for the 5’s program.

All children must be potty-trained. We accept state childcare assistance and have a limited scholarship fund.

To inquire about a priority waitlist for next school year or scholarship assistance, contact Wendy.

2024-2025 Preschool School Year Information


Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Time: 8:45-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $185/month
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Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 8:45-11:15 a.m. OR 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $225/month
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Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  $375/month
 Students will bring a lunch.
Contact Wendy with questions.

Meet our Director, Wendy Peterson

Welcome to Preschool @ The Ridge!  We’re honored to walk with you and your child on this journey!  Our staff is dedicated and passionate about the opportunity to begin your child’s love of learning and independence.  We also strive to be a place where parents can build relationships with other families.