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PreSchool FAQs


What age do you have to be to attend preschool?

3 and 4 year olds. The student needs to turn 3 or 4 before 8/1.


Do you have any program available for my 5 year old that we choose not to send to Kindergarten?

Our Tuition preschool program that is Monday thru Friday, AM only and the cost of tuition is $75/week.


Do I have to live in Branson?

Yes, your address needs to reflect a residence in the Branson School district. The only exception is for the Tuition preschool program. However, priority placement is given to Branson residents.


How do I sign up for a screening?

Log into our website and choose Cedar Ridge Primary and there is a link for you to sign up for a day/time. The screenings are held at Cedar Ridge Primary on the lower level which is around back of the building @ Zone #3.


What is the process to get my child enrolled in preschool?

Sign up for a screening when dates are available through the school system. The screening lasts approximately 1 hour. Please make sure the person bringing the student is the parent/legal guardian. There is a parent questionnaire that needs to be completed. The screening results will be discussed with the parent immediately after the screening is completed. SCREENING DOES NOT guarantee a spot in preschool. The parent will receive a phone call around the end of May-first of June letting them know their child has been selected for 1 of our 5 programs. (ECSE students will not be contacted until August). If the parent accepts the preschool position, the parent will come to Cedar Ridge Primary to complete paperwork and online enrollment, sign forms and pay a non-refundable cash deposit (if applicable) to hold the prek placement. The students that do not initially qualify will remain on a waiting list if any spots should open up during the year.


What do I need to bring when enrolling my student into the program?

Immunization records                 

Proof of Residency                       

Birth Certificate     

Prior Year Prepared Taxes (some tuition is based on Taxable Income & number in family)

Cash for first week’s tuition (non-refundable)


What programs are offered for preschool?

Title program for 4 year olds (3 classrooms, NO Tuition, Parents provide transportation). Breakfast & lunch provided but there is a cost to the parent. There is also a monthly $10 snack fee. Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30-2:30

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program for 3 & 4 year olds (6 classrooms, Transportation provided, NO Tuition).   Breakfast is provided @ a charge for the AM session and lunch is provided @ a charge for the PM session. Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8:30-11:30 (AM session) or 12:15-3:15 (PM session)

Reverse Mainstream program is for 3 & 4 year olds (2 classrooms). Half day AM & PM, Monday thru Thursday, NO tuition. Meals provided at additional charge. Regular education students to serve as peer models in the SPED classroom. 

Tuition Based Preschool program for 4 year olds (1 AM classroom). Tuition is $75/week, parents provide transportation). Daily snacks are provide but No breakfast or lunch is provided. Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30-11:30

Missouri Preschool Project (MPP2, MPP3) 3 & 4 year old combo class (2 classrooms). Breakfast and lunch is included in cost of tuition. Tuition based on a sliding scale that is dependent upon your taxable income and number in the family. No transportation provided. Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30-3:15


What is Pirate’s Cove?

Before and after child care for students that are enrolled in one of our preschool programs (eligibility based on individual student needs).   Cost is based on which preschool program your child is enrolled in.  MPP 2 & 3 is $25/week and all other programs are ($50/week). Breakfast and lunch are provided at extra cost. Hours: Monday thru Friday 6:45 am to 5:30 pm


Is there any financial assistance available to help pay for tuition?

We accept state childcare subsidy for those who qualify. Cedar Ridge Primary can provide you with the application form and information about the program. Prek scholarships may be available.