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March 25th, 2020

Please be advise to look at DMPS website for the most accurate information about our closing.  The link to the website is: https://www.dmschools.org/  


March 5th, 2020

Cayden from Employee and Family Resources came to STEP this month to give a presentation on taking prescription drugs.  He discussed knowing what your medications are and what they are for, taking them as prescribed, and the abuse of prescription drugs. 


March 5th, 2020

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is providing free tax preparation services from now until April 15th at two metro area locations.  Individuals that earn less than $58,000 a year may be eligible for free tax preparation.  These services are available Monday through Friday at Polk County River Place (2309 East Euclid) and United Way of … Read more »


March 5th, 2020

    Parents often ask us why STEP students need Vocational Rehabilitation services if they are enrolled in STEP.  Vocational Rehabilitation is a state agency that provides employment services for individuals with disabilities.  Vocational Rehabilitation, often referred to as Voc. Rehab., is actually a part of the Iowa Department of Education, and thanks to an initiative … Read more »


March 5th, 2020

According to the Autism Society website one in fifty-nine individuals is living with Autism.  Autism is a developmental disability that is often characterized by difficulties with communication and social skills.  It is described as a “spectrum disorder” because of its varying degrees of severity.  Many people with autism have repetitive and restrictive behaviors or interests.  … Read more »


March 5th, 2020

A very great honor was given to Kobey LaFrentz recently when  he was awarded the Employee of the Month for his Sodexo region. The following is the award nomination submitted by a co-worker that earned him the honor: SODEXO EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH January 2020 Kobey Lafrenz As Kobey Lafrenz’s Team Member I would love … Read more »


December 4th, 2019

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 »


September 25th, 2019

  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 »


September 25th, 2019

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 »


September 17th, 2019

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 »