2023-2024 Preschool Dates to Remember

2023-2024 Preschool Supply List


2024 Missouri Preschool Immunization Requirements

Sherie Garriott
I am married and have 2 grown boys.  I have been a teacher at Southern Boone since 1993.  I have taught second grade, kindergarten and am currently teaching preschool.  I love to work with young children.  I look forward to coming to school each and every day.   In my extra time, I love to spend time on our family farm.

Minna Dunn
I grew up in Columbia, graduated from Hickman, earned my Bachelor's degree in Education from MU, my Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from William Woods University, and became a certified eMINTS teacher. I have taught 5th grade for five years in Columbia, 4th grade at Southern Boone for 3 years, Kindergarten at SoBoCo for 11 years and preK beginning in 2018. I love teaching and believe that learning has to be fun and engaging. I strive to create a safe, caring environment that incorporates music, movement, creativity, and great literature as I teach the whole child to make at least one year’s growth. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and my three kids.

Robyn Cockrell
I have been an aide at Southern Boone for many years.  I have worked in special services and am currently working with preschool children.  I find my job very gratifying.  ​(Not pictured)


Preschool Program
Application/Selection Process

This is a program for 4 year olds.  
All potential applicants must be four by July 31st of the upcoming school year.  
Children who are eligible for Kindergarten are not eligible for this program.

Program Goal:

The Southern Boone County R-I Preschool strives to create a learning environment that empowers preschool children to be confident, successful and lifelong learners. We serve children with a variety of educational needs who benefit from a school experience before they enter Kindergarten.  Children will be selected based on information gathered from the following:

  • Parent Questionnaire

  • Parents as Teachers Screening (if applicable)

  • Input from other relevant sources (daycare providers, special service providers, etc.)

This is a half-day program for 4 year-olds that meets 5 days a week.  All potential applicants must be 4 by July 31st of the upcoming school year.  Children who are eligible for Kindergarten are not eligible for this program.  We have both a morning and afternoon session with a maximum of 25 students per session, divided between two classrooms . We offer a developmentally appropriate, standard-based curriculum that uses a thematic approach. Our goal is to help each child grow physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. 

  • Transportation is not provided. 

  • Doors open at 8:00AM session 12:30PM session (No early arrivals)

  • Pick up times: 11:00AM session 3:30PM. (No late pick-ups)

  • An adult must escort the child to the classroom door upon arrival.  Pick-up will be a drive up system.

Application Process Timeline

  • Step 1: January 4th, 2024: Application process opens

  • Step 2: By February 29th, 2024: Applications due at the primary school office and selection process begins

  • Step 3: Mid-March: Receive Acceptance Letter or Waiting List Letter

  • Step 4: Mid-April: Email communication of AM/PM Placements ***This will only be for families that received an acceptance letter.***

Application Process:

  • Parents must submit the application (please right click and open in a new tab) by February 29, 2024 .  The application contains information and questions about the child’s general background.  

  • Applications are reviewed by preschool teachers, director and building principal to identify children who meet the preschool program goal.  

  • Students are randomly selected to create a balanced classroom. Enrollment is limited and some students may be placed on a waiting list.  If a child is not selected for initial placement in the program, parents will be contacted as positions become available.  

  • All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance into the program around Mid-March.