• What is Nixa Early Childhood? 

    Nixa Early Childhood provides preschool services for 3 and 4-year-olds in the Nixa School District. Our classes provide an age-appropriate curriculum, taught by certified teachers, as you would find in any elementary school. We strive to implement best practices when it comes to early childhood education.

    The Early Childhood Program is housed in two different buildings, located on one campus. Nixa Early Childhood Center (ECC) and the Peggy L. Taylor Early Learning Center (ELC).  Our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) has it’s home in the ECC.  The ELC is not only the home of our Title I and tuition-based preschool classes, but Parents as Teachers (PAT) and XLT also have a place here.  

    What is the ECC?

    The newest addition to the Early Childhood program is the ECC.  The ECC is home to the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). The ECSE program provides a unique learning experience for those students with disabilities and special needs.  Individualized education plans are developed to meet the needs of each qualifying child. There are a variety of services and programs provided.  One of the programs is our Peer Model program.  Peer Models are placed in the preschool class alongside those children with special needs.  Peer Model students provide positive peer interactions; demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate speech/language and behavior for children with special needs. Peer models are selected based on the specific needs of the classroom and not on a first-come, first, serve basis.  All students attend ECSE at no cost to the parents. 

    Parents as Teachers

    Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free and fun program, designed to give parents an understanding of how young children grow and learn during the most important first years of life, where more is learned than any other time. Children are born to learn. Parents as Teachers can assist parents in being the best first teachers for their children. Along with the developmental information you receive, there are also activity ideas and developmental screenings.  For more information: https://www.nixapublicschools.net/domain/369

    What is the ELC?

    The ELC houses our original preschool program.  We have our tuition-based preschool and our Title I program.  Title classes are smaller and provide educational intervention to those students who qualify based on their DIAL scores. Title is not income-based.  While this program is free, income is not a qualifier.  During DIAL testing, students that may have indicators that they need a little extra help.  Our Title classes have developmentally appropriate activities used to ensure readiness for kindergarten.  

    Eagle Care, part of the XLT Program

    Eagle Care is the name of the wrap-around care housed in the ELC for the Nixa Early Childhood students.  Eagle Care is run by the XLT program and provides care for children from infants through 5 years old. Eagle Care provides both before and aftercare to the students who are enrolled in the Early Childhood program. The XLT program is responsible for all Eagle Care placements and the program billing is also, done separately through them.  For more information: https://www.nixapublicschools.net/Page/6862



  • Early Childhood Program

    "Where Little Eagles Learn to Soar" 

    Principal: Dr. Lara Wilbur
    Office Manager: Brittany Neely
    301 South Main St.
    Nixa MO 65714
    Phone: 417-724-6300
    Fax: 417-724-6301