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Reading Group Connection

Join us at the PAT Center for a fun reading group connection!  Come meet new friends and get a FREE new book.  Open to all PAT families and their guests with children 0-5.  Call now to check dates for the next event and reserve a space!  9:45AM or 5:30PM.  Don't miss out on the fun!!!  359-7012


This is a program for those parents that are under age 20.  If you are enrolled in high school, talk with your counselor or Mrs. Holman about enrolling in a PAT credit class! Special teen meetings are held every third Thursday, during the Seminar block. If you need to schedule a visit with your parent educator or need to enroll, call the PAT office (359-7012 and ask for Brooke Johnston). For students who are parents at the Junior High school, see school counsoler Gina Robbins for details of being bussed to the teen meetings!

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PAT Locker
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Parents as Teachers

Folder packets

Kindergarten OrientationClass of 2019-2020

Fairview: April 9

Pleasant Valley: April 11

Columbian: April 16

Mark Twain: April 23

Steadley: April 25

Pet Reading Events

Special Thanks!

Carthage Literacy Council for providing books 

New Day Dog Training for bringing dogs

Joplin Humane Society for brining cats

To our families for continuous support


Child with father and dog
dhild with kitten from the humane society

Christmas Open House

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Literacy Council/PAT Reading Events

Teacher reading to families
Literacy council member reading to children
Ms. Melissa reading to children on the floor
Jr. High student reading to children on the carpet

Early Childhood's Lending Library

On April 18, 2018 the Early Childhood and PAT students and staff joined the Carthage Literacy Council, the Chamber of Commerce, district administration, school board members and community members for the ribbon cutting of Carthage's fifth lending library. Anyone can borrow books. Lending Libraries are located in front of Early Childhood, Columbian, YMCA, by Chamber of Commerce and North of Grace Episcopal at Howard and Chestnut.

If you have books to donate please email

child reading by lending library

Carthage R-9 Kindergarten Classes

The Carthage R-9 School District is putting together now these classes for 2018-19


KINDERGARTEN CLASS 2018-19- If you have a child who will be 5 years old by July 31, 2018 they will be receiving their kindergarten packet around the last week of February!  THIS PACKET MUST be returned to your school by Friday March 9, 2018!  Please pass this information on to anyone you know with children this age.  We need student numbers early as this is how we set up classes for the fall.  Included in this packet will be information on the districts Dual Language Academy.  ALL CHILDREN MUST HAVE the mandatory screening through Parents as Teachers.  Call 359-7012 to register for a packet and set up your child’s screening today!  If you have recently moved or changed phone numbers call us to update!


Children who are 3 or 4 years old by July 31,2018 may be eligible for district preschool.  Call 359-7012 for information.  Classes being set for 2018-19 soon!


The Carthage school district services any child, prenatal up to kindergarten entry with Parents as Teachers.  This is a FREE service for any baby-toddler-preschooler in the area that helps parents become their child’s first and best teacher, puts parents in contact with the resources in the community they need and successfully transitions parents and students to be ready and successful in school!  Call Parents as Teachers 359-7012 to enroll today!

Your Parents as Teachers Staff

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This team sees any family in our district with children prenatal to kindergarten entry as a free service through the R-9. Free parenting tips to ensure your children are ready for school!  We tie you into preschools, interventions if needed and get lots of books and age appropriate information into homes!  Call today 359-7012   Bottom row left-Beatriz Bonilla, Kamie Bourgault and Jane Goade, supervisor. Back row Brooke Johnston, Ellie Waite, Sherry Fuller, Patty Ogden and Teresa Scheuerman.

Time to get in!

Call your parent educator at 359-7012 soon to schedule your visit.

2017-18 preschool spots are still available.  To be considered for the program, students must be referred through Parents As Teachers.

Read! Read! Read!

Baby reading

Did you know...

Babies who are read to go to school with thousands of more words in their vocabulary than those who are not. 

Parents can get a free book from PAT donated by the Carthage Literacy Council by calling 359-7012.



Contact Information:


(417) 359-7012


625 E. Fairview

Carthage, MO 64836


If sickness is in your home, please cancel your appointment. 

We don't want to spread germs.


*****Winter Weather*****

If the R-9 Schools are closed, we will not be completing visits for the day. Thank you for keeping our safety as well as yours a priority!

Staff wearing pink for breast cancer awareness

PAT Pink-Out

Ms. M

Julie Anderson, retired R9 preschool teacher, hosts quarterly preschool events at PAT.

kids doing puzzles
Girls doing puzzles

Do the Right Thing Award

Julie Anderson, retired R-9 teacher, was honored with a Do The Right Thing Award at the April 18th Board meeting.  Mrs. Anderson volunteers her time one day a month to conduct a preschool class for eleven students in our community who do not qualify for Head Start or District preschool services.  Mrs. Anderson is pictured with Jane Goade, PAT Coordinator; Brady Hembree (one of Mrs. Anderson's students) with his father, Robert Hembree; and Michael Goolsby, Board President.

Do the Right Thing Recipient Julie Anderson
PAT Events