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Half-Day Preschool

Pattonville Early Childhood's half-day preschool program is free to district residents.  

Our half-day preschool program integrates preschool students that are typically developing with children that have identified needs and require an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The classroom has a maximum of 12 children,  a certified teacher and at least one paraprofessional. The multi-aged classroom creates a learning environment where younger children are nurtured by older children and benefit from collaborative learning while older children show increased levels of confidence and leadership. The half-day program is Monday-Thursday with a morning session and an afternoon session. 

Half-Day details 

  • Morning session:  8:15 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon session:  12:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Families interested need to submit an online application. A lottery system will be utilized to select students for the program. Limited spaces available. Bus transportation is not available. Click the button below to apply. 

  • Children must be three years old by July 31 in order to participate.  

  • A $50  non-refundable registration fee is required

  • You must be able to provide transportation for your child.

Apply for half-day preschool

Parents/Guardians will begin by submitting an application. All applications will be placed in a lottery to determine which children receive a spot in the program. 

Parents will be notified by email soon after the lottery to let them know if their child was selected for a spot. Once accepted, parents can begin the registration process. Parents of students who were drawn in the lottery will need to complete the online registration and pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Students who are not drawn in the lottery will be placed on a wait list.


Lottery Guidelines

  • Must be a Pattonville resident.

  • Applications must be submitted between February 1 and February 29 in order to be in the lottery.

  • Lottery will be held on the first Monday in March.

  • Families will be notified no later than March 8, 2024 if they received a spot for their child or if they were placed on the waiting list.

  • Any applications received after February 29, will automatically go to the end of the waiting list as received.  

  • Children must be 3 years old by July 31.

Families will be emailed confirming if there is an available spot for their child and instructions on the next steps. 


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