News from Hannibal Regional Hospital

Beginning this Fall the Hannibal Children’s Center (HCC) will offer a new, full day kindergarten program.  At the HCC family members and the community collaborate to empower each child to become healthy, self-confident individuals.  This is done by providing children the resources to develop a passion for learning through interactive play.

“Our new kindergarten program will expand each student’s love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world,” said Meredith Andrews, Director of the Hannibal Children’s Center.  “Our kindergarten students will develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually through positive, playful experiences that are challenging, engaging and nurturing.”

The HCC kindergarten program will be led by Amy Sutton, a certified teacher with a strong background in elementary education.  Ms. Sutton will provide children what they need to grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

  1. Parents and children in the HCC kindergarten program will see:children.  This engaged method avoids forcing children to sit quietly for long periods of time and wander in aimless activities.
  2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day, such as block building, pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as Legos, pegboards, and puzzles. Children are not all doing the same things at the same time.
  3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day.  They do not spend time only with the entire group.
  4. The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and dictated stories.
  5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences.  Exploring the natural world of plants and animals, cooking, taking attendance, and serving snack are all meaningful activities to children.
  6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and explore.
  7. Children have an opportunity to play outside or in the indoor play area every day.  Play is essential and not sacrificed for more instructional time.
  8. Teachers read books to children throughout the day, not just at group story time.
  9. Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead, as well as, those who need additional help.  Because children differ in experiences and background, they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.
  10. Children and their parents look forward to school.  Parents feel safe sending their child to kindergarten.
To reserve class space or learn more about the kindergarten program at Hannibal Children’s Center, please contact Meredith Andrews, Director at 573-406-5700 or go to
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