Acorn Patch

The Acorn Patch offers children ages 3-5 with developmental delays the chance to reach their potential in the important early years of childhood, giving them a jump-start on the rest of their education.

Funded by the state of Missouri, the Acorn Patch is a no-cost program for families of eligible children who are three to five years old. The state defines eligibility, and the Kearney R-1 School District provides special education services including but not limited to: early childhood special education, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.

In order to be eligible for The Acorn Patch, the child’s development must:

  • be at or below 1.5 standard deviations or equivalent levels, of the mean in any two areas of development, or
  • at or below 2.0 standard deviations or equivalent levels in one area of development, and
  • the child must need special education and/or related services
  • (Areas of development that can be used to determine eligibility include physical, cognitive, communication, social/emotional and/or adaptive.)

There are a limited number of spaces within the Acorn Patch classrooms for typically developing children to serve as Integrated Peers.

If you are concerned about your child’s development or interested in having your child considered for an Integrated Peer spot, please contact Supervisor of Early Childhood Mitch Masker at or Director of Childcare and Early Learning Holly Wilmes at to schedule a screening. You may also call the EEC at (816) 628-4116.