• West Plains School District Early Childhood Programs

    Affiliated With West Plains Public Schools

    West Plains R-VII Public Schools offers a continuum of Early Childhood programs designed to serve young children between the ages of birth to 5 years. All early learning programs are housed within the West Plains R-VII School System.

    The Emerging Language and Literacy Curriculum

    4’s – Children turning four prior to August 1, but not eligible for Kindergarten, may qualify for the South Fork Elementary or West Plains Elementary preschool programs. Children must participate in a developmental screening. Each child will be given consideration based on the child’s screening results. Class is in session for whole day attendance, Monday – Friday. Hours are 8:00 AM – 2:35 PM. Parents must provide transportation. Daily snack provided. Class size 15:1.

    The West Plains Elementary Preschools each use the ELLC Curriculum. The Emerging Language & Literacy Curriculum (ELLC) prepares preschoolers for success in kindergarten and gives them a strong foundation in oral language and literacy with this scientifically based curriculum. This program not only addresses all developmental domains with theme-based units, children's literature, multisensory activities, scaffolded instruction, and parental involvement but also creates an engaging environment with activity and play-based learning.

    South Fork Elementary houses a Missouri Preschool Project classroom and was established to expand high-quality early care and education programs for children before kindergarten eligibility. 

    Early Childhood Special Education

    This program is designed to meet the needs of early childhood students who are demonstrating significant delays, typically in more than one developmental area. If the student needs one or more related services, these services will be provided while the student is in the program. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday. Students attend half-day sessions. Daily snacks are provided. The number of days children attend per week is outlined by their individual education plan (IEP). For more information about ECSE, please contact Dr. Amy Ross, Director of Special Services, at 417-2567-6150 EXT. 4576 (amy.ross@zizzers.org); or Somer Boyer, Process Coordinator, at 417-256-6150 EXT. 4525 (somer.boyer@zizzers.org).



    Parents As Teachers

    This program is designed to provide support to families throughout pregnancy until their child enters Kindergarten. PAT is FREE to all families in the West Plains School District. Services can begin during pregnancy and continue until the child enter kindergarten. Children learn more during the first five years than at any other time in life and this program helps parents understand how their child grows and learns. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Ross at 417-255-8676 or amy.ross@zizzers.org; or Becky Richardson, PAT Facilitator, at becky.richardson@zizzers.org.

    Services include:

    Personal Visits – educators trained in child development offer suggestions for learning activities. The number of visits varies from family to family.

    Developmental Screenings – this is a summary of your child’s development, focusing on language, cognitive, motor and social skills. Health, hearing, and vision are also screened. Screenings are offered for 3 months through Kindergarten entry.

    Referrals – connections with other community agencies are offered.