St. Mary's Early Childhood

Early Learners | Age 2
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Preschool | Age 3
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Pre-Kindergarten | Age 4
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Extended Day for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Early Childhood

St. Mary’s Early Childhood program nurtures and educates the whole child: heart, mind, body, and soul. Children who are 2 years old by August 1 may enroll in our Early Learners program. Children 3 years old by August 1 may enroll in our Preschool program, and children who are 4 years old by August 1 may enroll in our Pre-Kindergarten program. Our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs are taught by certified educators who are passionate about children and teaching, and who help our students find joy in learning.

Our classrooms are filled with excitement, curiosity, and discovery. Our Christian-based curriculum features engaged instruction, hands-on learning activities, structured and purposeful play, and a caring, compassionate atmosphere that allows each child to shine.

For more information and to schedule a tour, please contact St. Mary’s Principal, Joanne Lown, at (417) 623-1465 or

  • Our Early Learners program is available for children to participate in a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule or a Tuesday and Thursday schedule. Extended Day and five days a week are not offered for our Early Learners.
  • Enroll your child in Preschool for the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule or the five-day Monday through Friday option. Extended Day is available for these children.
  • We also offer Pre-Kindergarten classes for children who are 4 years old for the 5-day a week program. Extended Day is available.


Early Learners: Teresa Scheuerman is the Early Learners teacher.

  • Ms. Teresa joined the St. Mary’s Early Learners program in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Kasia Hurley serves as the aide for the Early Learners.

Preschool: Pam Black

  • As the lead teacher of Preschool, Ms. Pam enjoys seeing the joy of children as they begin their educational journey.
  • Cassy Patrick is the assistant teacher for the Preschool class.

Pre-Kindergarten: Carrie Cavitt

  • Ms. Carrie Cavitt joined St. Mary’s as the Director of the Early Childhood program in the 2019-2020 school year. She is also the teacher of the Pre-Kindergarten class. 
  • Kay Moore serves as the assist in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom.

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St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804

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931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801

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930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801