Early Childhood

The Kennett Early Learning Center provides a preschool program designed to serve children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. This positive learning environment offers a developmentally-appropriate education in a positive, nurturing, and culturally diverse environment.

The Kennett Early Learning Center staffs five classrooms serving a total of 150 students, which are divided into two half-day programs, a morning program (8 to 11 a.m.) and an afternoon program (12 to 3 p.m.). Each classroom is staffed with an early childhood teacher along with a paraprofessional who promotes communication skills, decision making, literacy development, and problem-solving skills. Its curriculum is primarily developmental in nature and is designed to prepare children for the social and academic challenges they will encounter at the kindergarten level.

The Kennett Early Learning Center also staffs an Early Childhood Special Education class. This program works to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities. 

Kimberly J. Short
Director of Preschool & P.A.T.
Director of Special Services


Schools, communities, and families all share the common goal of wanting children to succeed in school. Children who do well in the early grades of elementary school are more likely to graduate from high school and go on to be successful in life. Research shows that school readiness predicts later school achievement. Therefore we should provide positive experiences for children starting at birth or earlier, that maximize school readiness. Since education begins at home and parents are their children's first and most influential teachers, supporting and educating parents is a logical strategy. Parents who are involved in their children's early care and education have children who are better prepared for school. The Parents as Teachers program is one key way to ensure that children enter school ready to learn. To receive more information about this FREE program for children birth to age 5, please call 717-1116 or email kcollins@kennett.k12.mo.us.

*Adapted from the Parents as Teachers website.

Early Childhood
205 Wiggs Street
Kennett, MO  63857
Telephone: (573) 717-1145
Fax: (573) 402-1603
 Early Childhood Handbook 17-18

Kim Short Director of Early Learning Center, Parents as Teachers
Jennifer Bell Title I Preschool
Brook Holden ECSE
Michelle Lane Title I Preschool
Wendy Robinett Title I Preschool
Tonya Smith Title I Preschool
Kimberly J. Short Director of Special Education
Kimla Key Secretary, Diagnostic Center, Title I, Early Learning Center
Melissa Jones Process Coordinator (Part-Time)
Veronica Gardner Psychological Examiner
Lindsay Smith Speech Language Pathologist