City Offers Free Safety Course For Preschool Children Over Spring Break


Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Wednesday, March 9, 2022 — Spring break just got a whole lot safer in Des Moines. The Des Moines Police Department still has openings for its free March session of Safety City program aimed at preschool children.

The hands on course is three days next week that focuses on empowering 4-5 year olds to keep themselves safe in their homes, neighborhoods and community. Children will be taught about 911, water safety, fire safety, pedestrian and bike safety and much more in a way that’s tailored to their learning style.

"You can’t put a price on your kids’ safety,” Des Moines Police Senior Officer Deb VanVelzen said. “Safety City gives children the essential knowledge and skills to stay safe in our community so that they’re equipped to handle potentially dangerous situations before they reach school age."

The Safety City course runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 15 – 17 at the Pioneer Columbus Community Center. Lunch will be provided.

Parents can register their children for the event at Registration is free, but space is limited.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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