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Community Partners

Volunteers are at the heart of our identity and success in providing a low child-to-teacher ratio. As members of our preschool co-op, each family commits to four hours of volunteer time each month. A family may choose to help in the classroom, prepare meals, clean up at snack or lunchtime, go grocery shopping, or help with a myriad of other projects dreamed up by our teachers.

Our community partners share valuable resources and services with the K-CDC. We are fortunate to work with many wonderful scholarship students from Truman State University, as well as enthusiastic volunteers from the Kirksville community. We welcome guests (parents or others) to read stories, sing songs, or share a special talent, hobby or area of expertise with the children.

We maintain a collaborative relationship with Truman State University, and in addition to hosting scholarship students, we enjoy the benefits of speech and hearing screenings from communication disorder students, and health and safety lessons from nursing students. Education students may observe or student teach. And parents and faculty work alongside student volunteers during APO’s “Big Event” each spring.

Other services have included vision screenings conducted by the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and developmental screenings by Parents as Teachers. Some children qualify to receive speech or physical therapies provided by staff from the Kirksville R-III School District.