Early Learners / Pre-K

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Early Learning programs in the Raymore-Peculiar School District are currently located at Raymore Elementary School, 500 S. Madison St., Raymore, and in the adjacent Early Childhood Cottage. The programs include Early Childhood, Early Childhood Blended Classroom, Early Childhood Special Education, Parents as Teachers, and Panther Cub Academy.

For the 2017-2018 school  year, all programs will move to Shull Early Learning Center, 11706 E. 211th St., Peculiar.
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Shull Early Learning will offer programming by highly qualified staff. Shull will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents provide transportation. 

  • Full-day coverage is 10 hours per day with a breakfast/lunch option available and two snacks provided. 
  • Morning half-day coverage is 6 hours, from 6 a.m. to noon, which includes the 8 to 11:15 a.m. class. Breakfast/lunch option is available. One snack provided. 
  • Afternoon half-day coverage is 6 hours, from noon to 6 p.m., which includes the noon to 3:15 p.m. afternoon class time. A lunch option is available. One snack provided.
View presentation about proposed Early Learning program, including an introduction to staff
Parent Information Sheet

Early Learning programs for 2017-2018



  • The Early Childhood classroom provides pre-kindergarten instruction 5 days per week for students the year before they enter kindergarten. 
  • The Early Childhood blended classroom (limited availability) provides instruction 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday. Peer models are in the classroom with special needs students.
  • Early Childhood Special Education meets the needs of young children with developmental delays.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers offers home visits and related services for families beginning before birth.
Parents as Teachers

Early Learning Director Mary Shatford


Mary Shatford is the Director of the Shull Early Learning Center, effective July 1, 2017. This includes responsibility for Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, and Parents as Teachers. 

Shatford has worked for the District since 1998. 
She was a kindergarten teacher, an Instructional Coach, a Literacy Coach, and has worked as a Curriculum Specialist supporting curriculum development and mentoring new teachers. Shatford earned her Education Specialist degree in Administration from William Woods University, Fulton. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from William Woods.

Shatford was the Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year in 2007. A Ray-Pec High School graduate, Shatford and her husband have two daughters.



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