Adah Fulbright Early Childhood Center

  • 3373 W. Battlefield Rd., next to Carver MSAdah Fulbright Early Childhood Center

    Born Dec. 1, 1873, as a descendant of a pioneer Springfield, Missouri family, Adah Fulbright’s legacy includes teaching elementary grades at both Lincoln schools as she educated generations of Springfield’s black children during her more than four decades of teaching for Springfield Public Schools during segregation. Remembered as a stern disciplinarian and being dedicated to her students’ education, Fulbright founded the Literary Calm Chat Club in 1928 to promote fellowship among young female teachers interested in discussing the works of black authors. This club also provided books for black students who were not allowed to use the city public library. Fulbright graduated from the fourth class of Lincoln High School in Springfield in 1891 and attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Fulbright retired from Springfield Public Schools at the end of the 1947-1948 school year at the age of 75. Adah Fulbright died Aug. 26, 1959 at the age of 85. 

    Opened in August 2020, the Adah Fulbright Early Childhood Center was named in recognition of Miss Adah Fulbright for her commitment and dedication to educating black students during a time in history when segregation existed. 

    *ECC Naming Document 

    The center serves up to 250 students in the SPS Early Childhood programs; Wonder Years, LEAD, and Early Childhood Special Education. You can click each program name to find out more information. 

Consideration for Placement

  • To be considered for placement in an Early Childhood program, your child:

    • Must turn 4 years old before Aug. 1 of fall session. (Wonder Years)
    • Must reside within the boundaries of Springfield Public Schools.
    • Must have a current developmental screening done by Parents As Teachers.  To schedule a free screening or inquire about whether your child has a screening on file, call the Parents As Teachers office at (417) 523-1333.
    • Must complete the online links and forms listed above.
    • All requested documents must be turned into the Early Childhood Office. 

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    3373 W. Battlefield St., Springfield, MO 65807

    417-523-2700 (phone)  417-523-2795 (fax)