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.
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
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