Wonder Years

  • Wonder Years A free preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten.  This program emphasizes language development, literacy, math, and social interaction. 




    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.

    You can click this link, enter your contact information and a screener will help schedule your child's virtual screening appointment. 

    Once a screener has been assigned, you will be contacted by the screener.  The screener will schedule the virtual screening.

    Please submit only one request per child. 

    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. 


  • This program is available to children living in the Springfield Public Schools attendance area who will be four years-old before August 1. 

Important Information

    • School supplies are provided.
    • Transportation is generally not provided.


    Registration and Enrollment Event

    March 13, 2020, The Shady Dell Early Childhood Center (2757 E. Division) will host a Registration and Enrollment Event with Parents As Teachers. 

    The event will be walk-in screening appointments for children infant to age eligible for kindergarten.

    Your child can be screened for Kindergarten or Wonder Years at this event!

    Paperwork for Wonder Years (birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of address) can be brought in, copied and sent to Wonder Years.

    No appointment necessary!

    Screening takes about one hour. 

    If you are interested in the Parents As Teachers program, feel free to ask questions or join at the event!

    Enrolled families in Parents As Teachers receive home visits, developmental information and activities, and developmental screenings in the home!