Joplin preschools are seeing a decrease in parents signing their children up for early education.
Head Start locations in Joplin have openings and no one on waiting lists for the first time in 13 years.
The free program has been in the Four States since 1965 and focuses on giving children ages three to five a place to learn social and educational skills.
Assistant Director Leisa Harnar says the facility is looking for families to apply.
"If a family would apply it's possible that they would go to the top of the list because we serve the most in need so just because you apply today, doesn't mean you would go to the bottom of the list, if your family is most in need, we'll serve you first."
To apply officials ask parents to stop by either location at North Main or South Range Line.
School will start the week of the 27th and parents are welcome to enroll kids even after school starts.