Parents As Teachers

Welcome to Parents As Teachers

  • Parents as Teachers A free, voluntary program that serves families with children from prenatal to kindergarten entry.  Based on home visits and screenings, the number of visits offered varies family to family. Every child is offered a developmental screening once per year. All Parent Educators are SPS employees and have had extensive background checks. Group connections and access to a resource network are other benefits of participating in the program.  

    The screening department will be conducting virtual screening appointments to meet the needs of the SPS school district families and the current health guidelines. Please submit one request per child. You will be contacted to set up the appointment. 

    To have your child screened:

    Request a screening appointment


    Fill out the following online documents for ALL virtual and on-site screenings

    for Wonder Years, kindergarten or other. 

    Complete the Process


    If you would like to enroll in the Parents As Teachers program, please click on the link 

    Parents As Teachers Family Enrollment Form

    Learn, Play and Grow with Springfield Parents As Teachers!


    Check out our Facebook page!

    Springfield MO Parents As Teachers 

    (click to go to Facebook page)


     QR CODE TO ENROLL IN PARENTS AS TEACHERS  Use your QR reader to get an enrollment form for Parents As Teachers! 

  • As we comply with the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidelines of the Springfield Public Schools, we are implementing new ways to maintain our relationships with families. We are meeting with families virtually for home visits and screenings.  We will continue to adjust our program structure to meet the needs of the SPS school district and the young families we serve. 

    During COVID-19 school district guidelines, parent educators will be contacting families. The educators will contact families through virtual visits. Feel free to contact your parent educator. 

    Parents As Teachers is also reaching out to our community families by hosting online FREE virtual events.  View the "What's New" slide show for more information about the latest events! 

    Our favorite community events are: 

    Story Time which is a great family event!  Activities and story reading for children from birth to PreK!

    K-Prep to encourage skills to prepare for kindergarten in the fall. K-Prep events were held in elementary schools to give a child an opportunity to meet and see their future school and support staff. 

    Yoga! A great event to meet others and learn self-regulating skills for children. 

    Playgroup is a fun time!  Open to 5 years old and younger. Playgroup has activities to encourage play and communication for little ones. 

    We look forward to sharing these fun activities with our families!  Until further notice, all in-person activities have been canceled. 

  • Enrollment Process for Wonder Years

    Your child must be four years old and reside in the Springfield Public Schools district. 

    1. Call the screening department at Shady Dell Early Childhood Center to schedule a preschool screening at (417) 523-1333.

    Starting June 2020, the screening department will conduct virtual screening appointments for Wonder Years. 

    Click on this link and a screener will contact you to set up an appointment. Screening Appointment Request

    2. Go online and complete the Early Childhood Interest Form. Click EARLY CHILDHOOD INTEREST FORM to complete the form. 

    3. Complete the Springfield Public School Online Enrollment Form. SPS ONLINE ENROLLMENT

    4. Bring your child's immunization record, birth certificate, and proof of residency with you to the screening appointment.

    5. During the screening appointment, you will complete registration paperwork. 

    6. Complete the Household Income Survey. Household Income Survey

    If your child qualifies for placement, you will receive an email with further instructions. 

    If your child does not qualify, you will also receive an email. 



Contact Us

  • K Prep event

    Shady Dell Early Childhood Center, 2757 E. Division, Springfield MO 65803 (Screening Location)

    Screening:  (417) 523-1333

    Campbell Early Childhood Center, 506 S. Grant, Springfield MO 65806 (Main Office)

    Phone:  (417) 523-1160

    Fax:  (417) 523-1395


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