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Free preschool opportunities remain for students at SPS early childhood centers

Nov. 1, 2023

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It’s not too late for pre-K learners to grow, play and learn in early childhood at SPS this year.

Spots remain in limited locations across Springfield Public Schools in Wonder Years, a free preschool program for children 4 to 5 years old. The full-day program shares a similar calendar to SPS, and before- and after-school care is available at several early childhood centers.

“Wonder Years is a free Pre-K program emphasizing language, literacy, and math, as well as helping students develop positive social interactions with adults and peers,” said Tammy Flowers, assistant director of early childhood. “These skills will be helpful as students enter kindergarten.”

Wonder Years is a no-cost program that gives children the opportunity to learn and grow in a setting similar to a kindergarten classroom. This unique, immersive environment sets academic and social expectations which will follow them to elementary school.

Parents of preschoolers may enroll eligible children in Wonder Years at any time.


  1. Complete the Early Childhood Interest Form
  2. Call (417) 523-1333 to schedule a preschool screening or submit a screening appointment request and someone will be in touch with you.  Bring your child's immunization record, birth certificate, and proof of residency with you to the screening appointment.  You will also complete registration paperwork during the screening appointment.  Click here to view Missouri preschool immunization requirements.
  3. Complete the Online Enrollment Form.
  4. Complete the Household Income Survey.