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  • These Tips Will Make Public School Enrollment a Piece of Cake


    Summer is a time of transition for many families, and it can be a time of anticipation for students and parents who will start a new school in the fall. Luckily, Missouri Parent has done the legwork. These tips will make public school enrollment a piece of cake for your family!

    Tip #1: Find Your Child’s School
    If you’re new to Missouri public schools, or if you’re trying to find your child’s school in a new community following a family move, the Missouri School Directory online is a huge help! It allows you to search for schools by district, county, or legislative district.

    Learn More: Finding Your Child’s School

    Tip #2: Gather the Right Documentation
    It’ll save you time and stress if you show up to your child’s school enrollment appointment with the correct documentation on-hand.

    This post explains the identification, medical, academic, and behavioral records you should bring when you enroll your child in school. Be prepared, though, that your child’s school may also ask you to complete additional documentation like technology assessments or language questionnaires.

    Tip #3: Ensure Your Child’s Immunizations are Up to Date
    Missouri public schools have published a recommended immunization schedule based on the suggestions of leading disease, pediatric, and family organizations across the country. Learn more about the vaccines that public schools students are required to receive in this post.

    Tip #4: Meet the Teacher & Attend the Open House
    Most Missouri schools offer the chance for parents and students to meet the teacher and the principal before school starts. If you’re new to the district, this is a great way to begin building relationships with the adults your child will interact with daily at school. Open houses are also a great way to get your child comfortable with his or her new school building, classroom, and teachers.

    Learn More: Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Tip #5: Don’t Let In-State Transfers Intimidate You!
    We know that a mid-year school transfer can be stressful for you and your family, so we wrote this post explaining the basic in-state transfer process for you. Luckily, Missouri has streamlined in-state transfers to make them easier for families like yours.

    Summer is a time of transition for many families, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a time when parents and kids feel overwhelmed by the stress of school enrollment or transfer. We hope that these five tips help make your child’s school enrollment a piece of cake this fall!

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  • Immunizations for Missouri Students at Every Age

    Missouri’s public schools want to keep your child safe and healthy from preschool through graduation and beyond. That’s why Missouri has built recommended immunization schedules based on the nation’s leading immunization, disease, pediatric and family medicine organizations.

    That’s also why Missouri offers the Vaccines for Children Program, which we’ll talk about later in this post.

    Immunizations from Birth to Six Years Old
    From birth to age six, your child will probably receive a number of important immunizations, many of which can be given in combination, reducing the number of individual trips you’ll need to make to your doctor’s office or county health office.

    Some of these immunizations include Hepatitis A & B; Polio; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); and Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTap). Your child will likely receive his or her Hepatitis B shot at birth, while the remaining immunizations are spread out over his or her early years of life.

    Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services’ Easy to Read Immunization Schedules

    Birth to 12 Years 

    7 to 18 Years

    Immunizations for Eleven and Twelve Year Olds
    Between the ages of eleven and twelve, it’s recommended that your child be protected against Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV), Human Papillomavirus with a TDap booster.

    Catch-Up Schedules & Booster Shots
    If you’ve fallen behind on your child’s vaccinations, don’t panic. Instead, contact your pediatrician, family doctor or county health office to review your child’s immunization records and build a catch-up schedule for remaining vaccinations.

    Some immunizations that your child is given at a young age will need a follow-up “booster” shot in your child’s preteen or teen years. Talk with your doctor or county health office to make sure your child is up to date on all recommended shots.

    Free Vaccines
    Are you concerned about the cost of your child’s vaccines or worried that your health insurance won’t cover immunizations? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free vaccines for children who qualify. You can learn more about Missouri’s Vaccines for Children Program here

    Why Vaccinate?
    "Missouri's immunization program is working to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases by providing vaccines to children and adolescents who cannot pay for them through the Vaccines for Children Program; educating health care professionals, medical providers and the public on the importance of vaccinations; and ensuring that children who are in child care and school are adequately immunized against diseases that are harmful and sometimes deadly."
    Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten in Missouri

    As your child nears the age for kindergarten, you might not be sure exactly what you need to do to make sure that he/she is prepared for enrollment in Missouri Public Schools. Here are a few tips and resources to help get you started: 


    In order to enroll in kindergarten in Missouri, you son or daughter should be five years old before August 1st of the upcoming school year.  What this means is that if your child turns five in September or October, you can enroll him/her in kindergarten the following school year. 

    Both St. Louis and Kansas City School Districts may accept later birth dates, so be sure to check with your local school district to confirm your district’s birth date cutoff. 

    Kindergarten Transition Plan

    The No Child Left Behind Act requires that schools nationwide prepare transition plans to help students move from early childhood education into elementary school. Ask your school district for information about:

    1.      Helping your child transition into kindergarten;
    2.      What developmental stages are typical of pre-k and kindergarten-aged children; and
    3.     What to expect in terms of learning standards, behavioral expectations, and attendance requirements for kindergarteners. 

    Summer School

    Did you know that some public schools offer pre-kindergarten summer school for children? If you’d like your child to have a head start on adjusting to the kindergarten environment and learning experience, check with your local district to find out if summer school is an option for your son or daughter.


    When preparing your child for kindergarten, it’s important to understand Missouri’s School Immunization Requirements. It’s never too early to begin exploring Missouri’s immunization requirements, especially since some of them must be met on or after your son or daughter’s fourth birthday. 

    If your family has religious or medical reasons for not giving your child certain immunizations, the State of Missouri allow exceptions. For details, please contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services or your local school district.

    Records & Documentation

    It will be helpful, if not necessary, to have your child’s birth certificate, vaccination and immunization records, and your family’s proof of residence in your district (a utility bill, for example, or a driver’s license that lists your current home address) with you when you enroll your child for kindergarten. For a complete list of required documentation for kindergarten enrollment, please contact your local school district.

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    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ School Immunization Requirements

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