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 virutal 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 screening 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



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  • Parents As Teachers Group Community Events


    Please join in the fun at our SPS Parents As Teachers community events! FREE!

    Find our fun moments on our Facebook page:

    SPS PAT Group Connections

    Click on the link to find out more information!

     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 closure, parent educators will be contacting families.  The educators will contact families through virtual visits. Feel free to contact your parent educator.  



     Kprep is for children who will attend kindergarten in the fall of 2020.

    Story Time is open to birth to PreK. 

    Yoga! Join in this great activity!



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



  • Get ready for kindergarten 2020-2021


    Kindergarten age eligible is 5 years of age BEFORE August 1 of school year. 

    You can apply for a transfer to another school site.  

    Your child must register at the home district school. 



    If your child needs a screening for kindergarten, click the following link.  A screener will contact you to schedule a virtual screening. 

    Screening Appointment Request

    Dial 4 screenings for Kindergarten and Wonder Years 2020-2021 school year have been delayed due to the COVID-19 closure. 




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