Welcome to the Early Childhood Center!
The mission of the Smithville R-II Early Childhood program is to enhance optimal functioning, improve quality of life, and increase school readiness skills in our youngest learners. The Smithville R-II School District offers three early childhood programs: Title I Preschool, Early Childhood Special Education and Parents as Teachers.
Our integrated Title I and Early Childhood Special Education Program offers a full continuum of comprehensive integrated services for children ages 3 through 5 years of age. Students that qualify for special education receive specialized educational programming. Services range from specialized instruction, speech/language therapy, physical therapy and/or occupational therapy and services. A wide continuum of service delivery models also are available to children who qualify. Services can be delivered in an integrated special education preschool setting, a community preschool setting or by appointment at our center. For students not previously found eligible, participation in one of our monthly screening opportunities is required to be considered for both programs. Please call 816-532-0406 to schedule an appointment.
Parents as Teachers is an approved home visiting model dedicated to providing the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. The concept for Parents as Teachers was developed in the 1970s when Missouri educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child's development of learning skills, including reading and writing. Early childhood professionals suggested that a program to provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, and parent education to help parents understand their role in encouraging their child's development from the beginning could help improve school readiness and parent involvement. Please call 816-532-0406 to discuss what Parents as Teachers can offer you and your child.
Early Childhood classrooms are located at Maple Elementary, Horizon Elementary, and Eagle Heights ElementaryStart & End Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (no Wednesday classes)Morning Early Childhood Classes:Start Time: 8:30 amEnd Time: 11:45 amAfternoon Early Childhood Classes:Start Time: 12:25 pmEnd Time: 3:40 pm
Andrea AmbrosonDirector of Student Services and Special Services816-532-0406, ext. 7032Jennifer StanleyEarly Childhood and Horizon Elementary Process Coordinator816-532-0406, ext. 7566Mary Kay GrusenmeyerDirector of Parents as Teachers816-532-0406, ext. 7346Brenda DionAdministrative Assistant816-532-0406, ext.7962