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Classes times:

AM: 7:45-10:45

PM: 12:15-3:15

*Doors open 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Programs run in the morning from Monday to Thursday and afternoon Monday to Friday.  Children may attend 2-5 days a week based on age and educational need.

Snacks are served through the Carthage R-9 food service program at breakfast (AM classes) and lunch prices (PM classes).


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Preschool Open House

Open House for students enrolled in the 2018-19 school year will be Thursday, August 16 from 5:00-7:00.  We hope to see you there!

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Preschool Enrollment

Students who received a letter in May will register for preschool May 24th and 25th from 8:00-12:00.  A second round of letters will be sent out the following week to fill any remaining positions. All public school preschool students must go through the Parents as Teachers program to qualify.

2018-19 Preschool Classes

Preschool classes will begin Monday, August 20.  Watch for more information on Open House the week before school starts.

Early Childhood Center

The ECSE program serves children three years to five years of age (not Kindergarten eligible). We have seven integrated classrooms which are taught by a certified Early Childhood Special Education Teacher. Our program implements the Emerging Language and Literacy Curriculum (ELLC). In our classrooms, children experience a wonderful early childhood opportunity. Our daily schedule allows for a language-enriched circle time, shared storybook reading, teacher-directed phonological awareness activities, music and movement, learning centers, and recess. Our focus is developing each child's language skills, social/emotional skills, adaptive behavior skills, fine/gross motor skills, and cognitive skills to prepare him/her for Kindergarten. If you are interested in participating in our program, you must schedule a FREE screening with Carthage R-9 Parents As Teachers program. Please call (417) 359-7012 to schedule your screening.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Carthage R-9 Early Childhood Department is to provide early intervention to create a foundation for Kindergarten readiness in a positive learning environment.

We believe that high quality Early Childhood education should   provide a multidisciplinary team approach to best service early childhood students.  That multidisciplinary team approach includes but is not limited to Early Childhood Classroom Services, speech/language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision-impaired instruction, and hearing impaired instruction.

We believe that all services are based on a child's need and individualized to meet each child's needs.

We believe that the parent is a vital member of our multidisciplinary team.

No Excuses Here


Congratulations to Carthage's newest No Exuses University School!  This means our school community is devoted to the six exceptional systems of the No Excuses University. 


The six systems are:

  • Culture of Universal Achievement
  • Collaboration
  • Standard Alignment
  • Assessment
  • Data Management
  • Interventions


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Graduation for all students going to kindergarten in the fall will be held at the Carthage Jr. High Auditorium on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm.  Students are encouraged to dress up and will receive a graduation cap upon arrival.  2018 tassels will be sent home with the graduates.  We hope to see you there!

PTO Meetings

PTO Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6:00.


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Today: 5/22/18