Early Childhood Services

  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) | Birth - Kindergarten 

    Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based program that focuses on child development and the importance of parent-child interaction. The time between birth and kindergarten is an important time in the areas of language, cognitive, social-emotional, and motor development. We believe you are your child’s first and most influential teacher, and we are here to support you. When your child enters kindergarten, Parents as Teachers helps to ensure he/she is ready to learn. Parents as Teachers services are provided at no cost to Neosho School District residences and include Developmental Screenings, Home Visits, and Group Activities. Services are available from birth - kindergarten.

    For more information on Parents as Teachers, contact PAT Director Stacey Enlow at enlowstacey@neoshosd.org.


    Preschool | Based on Eligibility | Age 4 by August 1

    The Neosho School District preschool program is a free service for children living within Neosho School District who turn four years old by August 1st. Since space is limited, acceptance into the program is based on eligibility. One of the goals of preschool is to provide children with the necessary tools to allow them to enter kindergarten ready to learn. Not only do we focus on kindergarten-ready academics, we also focus on healthy social and emotional practices that will support developmentally appropriate learning. Currently we have two preschool locations, Field Early Childhood Center and Goodman Elementary.

    For more information on preschool offerings with Neosho School District, contact Jody Martin at martinJody@neoshosd.org.


    KinderCat Academy | Based on Eligibility

    KinderCat Academy is a transitional kindergarten class that focuses on preschool and early kindergarten functions. It is a great option for students who have late birthdays, typically March-July, and may benefit from additional exposure to school-readiness skills before entering traditional kindergarten. The classroom schedule includes specials such as art, music, fitness, and library, along with a unique curriculum incorporating Preschool and Kindergarten standards. Eligibility for KinderCat Academy is based on birth date, kindergarten screening results, and combined recommendations from the student’s parents, preschool teacher, and Neosho Parents as Teachers. KinderCat Academy Students will participate in traditional kindergarten the following school year.

    For more information or to see if your child is eligible to attend KinderCat Academy, contact Neosho Early Childhood Director Jody Martin at martinjody@neoshosd.org.


    Kindergarten | Age 5 by August 1

    Kindergarten is for children in Neosho School District who turn five years old by August 1st. We have five elementary locations that house Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students. Attendance location is based on home address. The elementary curriculum emphasizes mastery of basic skills in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Students also participate in special classes such as library, art, music and physical education. To find out a school location by address, parents can contact our Transportation Department at 417.451.8600. 

    For more information on Kindergarten, contact Jody Martin at martinjody@neoshosd.org or the principal at your attendance location.