Early Childhood

Welcome to Jackson R2 Early Childhood

Jackson R-2 Early Childhood Center


During the past 10 years, educators have increasingly turned their attention to research and practices that affect young children.  This has been the same for the Jackson R-2 School District.  Many programs have been developed that address the significant learning that takes place from birth to five years of age.


The Jackson R-2 Early Childhood program is based on four guiding principles.


Parents are vital to the education of their children.


Every effort will be made to offer children three to school age and their families a full continuum of early childhood services that are appropriate each child.

The early childhood program will form partnerships with other community agencies and services available for children three to school entry.


A long lasting partnership will be formed between parents and the school district as each focuses on the education of the child. 




Jackson R-2 Preschool Program


Jackson R-2 offers several preschool programs designed to meet each family's needs.  Our half day program follows the schedule of the elementary schools in the district.  Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is research-based and approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE):  The Creative Curriculum for Preschool (Doge, Colker, Heroman, 2002).  Our students will learn in environments that are child-centered, process-oriented, and choice driven.  A variety of learning opportunities are provided to enhance early reading, math, problem solving, communication, socialization and motor skills.  Teachers and Teacher Assistants facilitate the development of self-control in children by using positive guidance techniques such as modeling and encouraging appropriate behaviors, redirecting, and setting clear limits. The Jackson R-2 School District employs certified teachers with degrees in Early Childhood Education and/or Early Childhood Special Education and well-trained Teacher Assistants.  This year, the Jackson R-2 School District was able to expand our program immensely.  The district has leased space from New McKendree Church: South Campus (across from South Elementary on Highway 25 South) and is able to accept more students.  Classes continue to be held at South Elementary as well.

Early Childhood Special Education


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are provided for all children ages 3 to 5 with disabilities. The district is required by law to provide a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for eligible students on their third birthday.  Certificated staff work closely with families and community resources to enhance the learning of young children.

Early Childhood Special Education Placement Options:


Early Childhood Setting; Early Childhood Special Education Setting; Home; Part time EC/Part time ECSE setting; Residential facility; separate school; Itinerant service outside the home.


Early Childhood Special Education students are placed into classes based upon need of services.  Students may attend one, two, three, four, or five days according to the decision of the IEP team.  There is no fee to attend Early Childhood Special Education and transportation is provided.


For more information you may contact:


Dr. Beth Emmendorfer, Director of Special Services, 573-243-9501

Mrs. Carrie Holland, ECSE Coordinator, 573-243-9575

Little Indians Preschool


The Jackson R-2 Preschool offers a program for all children who are three to five years of age.  It is our belief that all children can learn and all children benefit when, regardless of ability, they are served together in an inclusive environment.  All children have much to contribute in an inclusive setting.  We believe that learning for children with special needs is enhanced by the social and language models typical peers provide.  Typically developing children learn tolerance for differences among people.  All children are learning to work and play together to gain the skills needed to continue a lifetime of learning.

Extended Day


Extended day will be offered as part of the half day preschool program for the Early Childhood programs.  Students that attend the Monday-Thursday morning preschool can attend the extended day program Monday-Thursday afternoon from 11:20 - 3:15.  Students that attend the Monday-Friday afternoon preschool can attend the extended day program Monday-Friday mornings from 8:00-12:00.  This program is voluntary and a fee is assessed.  For more information regarding openings and/or fees, please contact the Early Childhood Center at 243-4011.

Title I Preschool


Students that are screened and are determined to have 'minor concerns' in development are referred to the Title I Preschool.  Students may qualify by scoring -1.0 standard deviations below their typically developing peers on the screening instrument used by the district; or meet other criteria, such as difficulty separating from parent; difficulty interacting with peers; etc.  Title I Preschool is offered for those children turning three years of age before August 1st; and for those children turning four years of age before August 1st.  Generally, students completing the three year old program will transition to the four year old program the following fall.  Three year old program meets three mornings a week and the four year old program meets four mornings a week; or five afternoons a week.  There is no fee to attend the Title I preschool and transportation is provided.