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Parent Meetings


The Des Moines Public Schools is hosting parent meetings on different topics throughout the year at Central Campus in the Multipurpose meeting room. The meetings are held from 5-7 pm. The following are the topics of the meetings: December 5th: Guardianship January 14th : Community Agencies February 18th: Social Security and work April 14th: Recreational … Read more »

Non Paid Work Sites have started


  We have started placing students in non-paid work experiences in the community.  Students are placed in rotations for 6-8 weeks for a couple hours a day.  While on these sites students are working to not only improve the skills related to the specific job, but they are developing employability soft skills such as working … Read more »

Volunteering in the Community


On September 20th several STEP students earned volunteer hours by participating in a project sponsored by the Des Moines Park and Recreation. STEP students teamed up with other volunteers from Wells Fargo to help restore several headstones in the historic Woodland Cemetery just northwest of Central Campus. Des Moines Park and Rec staff taught the … Read more »

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Next Step Counseling Service


We feel strongly that in order for students to be successful at work and in life they need to be healthy physically and emotionally. We are so grateful that we will be continuing a partnership with NEXT STEP Counseling this year. A certified social worker from will be conducting groups with our STEP students once … Read more »

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Healthy Relationships


Once a month the education director from Planned Parenthood will be coming to STEP to teach our students a refresher course in healthy relationships. Topics will include public vs private, healthy relationships, STI’s, and birth control. Students are giving the option to leave the room at any time if they need a break or feel … Read more »

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Changes in Medicaid


We have been notified that there will be some changes to the Medicaid system that we wanted you to be aware of.  There is a third MCO company entering the system July 1st  so individuals receiving Medicaid may be switched to a different provider called Iowa Total Care.   Letters will be sent in March from DHS … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 11
Ending the Silence NAMI
Dec 11
Ending the Silence NAMI
Dec 12
Dec 12
Next Step
Dec 17
Volunteer Day

Secondary Transition Employment Program
P: 515-242-7283

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STEP Students and community members speak out:

For a better understanding of STEP  please see the video below where students and community partners describe what STEP is to them.





Employers looking to Partner with STEP

At STEP we are always looking for partners to place our students in short term non-paid positions. For more information see the brochure below.





If interested please contact STEP at



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About STEP

1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

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STEP is a Secondary Transition Employment Progam for 18-21 year olds. Read More…