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lpearce
lpearce asks:
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What free educational programs are available for four year olds in Festus, MO?

I am new to the area and do not understand the age group for kindergarten... was my daughter able to go to kindergarten? Should she be in preschool? What kind of programs are offered besides headstart? My husband is deployed and I feel very alone in this whole process.
In Topics: Choosing a school, Kindergarten readiness
> 60 days ago

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, Thank you for turning to JustAsk and Education.com for support.  

The typical starting age for kindergarten is age 5. You'll find a wide variety of information to help prepare you (and your daughter) in this "Kindergarten Readiness" info center: http://www.education.com/topic/kindergarten-readiness/

We enrolled our daughter in preschool for the first time when she was four, and she enjoyed it greatly (and did well in kindergarten and first grade). We chose a play-based preschool co-op (in which parents had to participate), but there are many different types of preschools, including some that focus on academics. Here are some considerations for choosing a preschool that's right for your family: http://www.education.com/topic/choosing-preschool/

In terms of finding a free preschool that isn't part of the Head Start program, I did a Google search using your city, state and the word "free preschool", and it appears a local church and a local non-profit may have related programs: http://bit.ly/NaOOt

Some preschools also offer scholarships. You can contact potential preschools in your area and ask about their financial assistance offerings, or here's a video about scholarship money for preschool: http://www.ehow.com/video_4790646_free-scholarship-money-preschool.html

If you re-consider participation in Head Start (the national program for low-income families), here is the Head Start locator on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, to find a center near you: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

The Missouri Military Family Relief Fund may also be able to help you:
http://www.mmfrf.mo.gov/

The University of Missouri also has resources to support families of deployed soldiers in their state: http://education.missouri.edu/orgs/parentlink/military.php

I'm including some additional resources that may be helpful to you and your family...

How Do I Help My Kids Deal With My Husband's Deployment?
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_How_Do_I_Help_My/

When a Parent Goes to War
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_When_Parent_Goes_War_2/

The Parent's Guide to Preschool
http://www.education.com/grade/preschool/

If you need to talk to someone about any parenting challenges you may be having, one of our JustAsk Experts, Boys Town National Hotline, has a toll-free hotline you can call: 1-800-448-3000. You can learn more about Boys Town here: http://www.education.com/profile/Boys%20Town%20National%20Hotline/

Please do let us know if there is any additional info or support you need.

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