Early Childhood Contact Us

  • Principal: Kari Arehart

    Asst. Principal: DJ Driskill

    Phone - 417-649-5709

    Fax - 417-649-7981

    Secretary: Charla Storm

    Nurse: Amberlee Miller

    Mailing Address: 206 South Roney, Carl Junction, MO 64834

    Physical Address: 306 West Allen Street, Carl Junction, MO 64834

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Welcome to the CJ Early Childhood Program


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  • The Carl Junction Early Education Center offers the following programs:

    • Parents As Teachers (Prenatal to Kindergarten entry)
    • Preschool Classes (must be 3 or 4 years old by July 31st)
    • Early Childhood Special Education

    ✔ Families must provide all of these documents at their appointment in order to complete enrollment.

    For more information, please call the Early Education Center office at 417-649-5709.

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Early Childhood Programs

  • Parents as Teachers (Birth to Kindergarten)

    A free parenting guidance service offered to families in the CJ district to help you as a caregiver become your child’s first and best teacher.


    • Optional personal visits
    • Family connections through fun events
    • Free Screenings
    • Resource and Referral Network

    Visit our webpage.

    To sign up, complete this registration form. For questions, call 417-649-5709 or email kcristy@cjr1.org

    Early Childhood Programs (3 & 4 year olds)

    • Preschool: Affordable tuition-based preschool program, class choices include:
      • 3 years old by July 31 - Classes are two half-days per week (Mon/Wed AM or Tues/Thurs AM)
      • 4 years old by July 31 - Classes are four half-days per week
        • Mon-Thurs AM or PM
        • 2023-24 rate for four-day $160/month, two-day $95/month (rate subject to slight change) Class sizes are limited, call 417-649-5709 for availability.

     Early Childhood Special Education

      • AM Half-day classes Monday-Thursday for ages 3 to Kindergarten
      • Entry – by IEP placement only – No tuition required 
      • PM- Reverse Mainstream PreK – Half-day class Monday-Thursday for PreK students with IEP’s and
        qualifying model students (by invitation, based on screening results).
  • AM Programs:

    • 8 - 11 AM
    • Drop-off begins at 7:40 AM
    • Pick-up at 11 am

    PM Programs:

    • 12:00 - 3:00 PM
    • Drop-off begins at 11:55
    • Pick-up at 3:00

    Walker Door:

    A7 (Broadway Street)