FFSD Early Childhood Education Program


    Screening for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!

    To make an appointment, call the Early Education Office.


    All children will be successful learners who are caring, creative, and confident.

    The Ferguson-Florissant School District is recognized nationally as a leader in the field of Early Education. For more than 35 years, the District, in partnership with the state of Missouri, has worked with Early Education experts to develop programs that have been adopted statewide and now serve as national models. 

    The strong support of the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education and the Administration's commitment to early childhood education make it possible for the District to offer families the following programs: 

    Parents as Teachers (PAT)

    Parents are their child's first and most influential teachers. Scientists have proven that experiences in the earliest years make a physical difference in a child's brain.

    Beginning prenatally, families are offered: 

    • Personal visits, usually at home
    • Group meetings and parent-child activities with other families
    • Screening to check on development, hearing, and vision
    • Connections to community resources

     This free program with degreed, certified parent educators is available to all families who choose to participate. 

    Preschool for 3- and 4-Year Olds

    Re-enrollment for current families will begin March 4, 2019.  Enrollment for new families will begin May 7, 2019.  Schools will be assigned at the time of enrollment and based upon the need for full-day, half-day, or Head Start.  All families will receive information on how to sign up for Parent Portal at enrollment.  Please check our website for important enrollment information and updated enrollment forms.

    Preschool options include:

    • two mornings per week for 3-year-olds
    • three or four half-days for 4-year-olds
    • full-day mixed aged classes

    Families receive PAT personal visits. Parents are encouraged to help in class. This free program with degreed, certified teachers is available to all children.

    Head Start Partnership
    Five full days of preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-olds are available through a partnership with Head Start. Families receive PAT personal visits. Head Start eligibility is necessary. 

    Early Childhood Special Education

    Preschool-age children who have special needs receive appropriate services in classes or through itinerant programming. Families are offered PAT personal visits. The program is free.

    This free developmental check-up is designed for all young children, ages 1-5 years. Hearing and vision are also checked. If any type of concern is indicated, in-depth testing is offered.

    Child Care Centers
    Our child development centers offer full day care and education for children ages 2, 3, and 4. High school students enrolled in a child development course are involved. Families receive PAT personal visits and group functions.

    These tuition-based programs operate year-round.


    Family Time is a FREE daytime program that serves as a support group for parents (grandparents) and their children from birth to age 5.  Creative Activities, Toddler Time Thursday, Music and Movement, Messy Activities, and field trips are an important part of LINK Family Time that children and parents experience together. The program meets on Thursdays, check the LINK Family Time schedule.  Just drop in we would love for you to join us!


Who do I contact?

  • Preschool 

    Vogt Elementary 

    200 Church Street

    Ferguson MO 63135

    (314) 824-2080

    Preschool Enrollment

    ext. 2074

    Fax:  314-524-0648


    Parents as Teachers

    Vogt Elementary

    200 Church Street

    Ferguson, MO 63135

    (314) 824-2080

    ext. 2076 and 2077


    Register online in English here

    Register online in Spanish here


    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) 

    Vogt Elementary

    200 Church Street

    Ferguson, MO 63135

    (314) 824-2080

    ext. 2073 and 2072

    Fax:  (314) 521-6693


    Head Start

    Bermuda Elementary

    5835 Bermuda Drive

    St. Louis, MO 63121

    (314) 687-1972



    Ferguson Florissant Child Development Centers

    New Locations

    Lee Hamilton 

    (314) 687-1976

    Mark Twain Restoration Center

    (314) 687-1973


    Director of Early Education

    Shantana Herd, Ed. S.

    (314) 824-2071


    Assistant Director of Early Childhood Special Education

    Cynthia Wise

    (314) 824-2072


    Parents as Teachers Coordinator

    Debbe McCutchen

    (314) 824-2076