Title I Preschool

    Columbia Public Schools offers a developmentally-appropriate education through which young children actively build their individual potential in a positive, nurturing, culturally diverse environment. Title I Preschool is a federally funded program providing services to children with developmental needs, ages 3 to 5 (non-kindergarten) years of age. Services are provided at no cost to eligible children. Eligibility is determined through a developmental screening process.
    The Columbia Public Schools Title I Preschool program serves more than 650 children, with 28 classrooms located in elementary and high schools throughout the Columbia Public School District. This program is designed to prepare children for successful school entry. Active family involvement is required to help children achieve this success. An early childhood teacher and instructional assistant plan age-appropriate learning experiences to promote development in literacy, communication skills, decision making, and problem-solving skills. Teachers follow the High Scope teaching curriculum and a variety of other teaching resources to meet the developmental needs of each child.
    Columbia Public Schools' early childhood philosophy is founded on the following principles:
    • All children have the ability to become contributing members of society.
    • Children learn through active involvement and engagement with materials and people in their environment.
    • Children learn best when instruction is within meaningful contexts.
    • Children learn and function independently when they are provided with a consistent routine.
    • Children are motivated to learn when given opportunities to make choices and pursue interests.

    Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

  • Contact Us
    Columbia Public Schools
    Title I Preschool
    2191 Smiley Lane
    Columbia, MO  65202
    Phone: (573) 214-3585
    Site Administrator
    and Program Director: 
    Nicole Langston, Title I Early Childhood
    Full-day program:
    9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day program:
    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Half-day program:
    12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.