St. Louis Mom Early Childhood Education Guide


Choosing a school for your child can feel overwhelming! As mothers, we understand the stress and unknown that accompany the search for the right educational institution. St. Louis is a treasure trove of early childhood education facilities, and we’re honored to highlight many of them in this guide. They reflect a kaleidoscope of diversity from region, to learning style, size, and more. We hope it is a helpful resource to you!

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The College School

For more than 30 years, The College School (Webster Groves, PreK-Eighth Grade) has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach for Preschool and Kindergarten. Through this approach, students learn through play, teachers prioritize outdoor exploration, and classrooms work collaboratively to engage with in-depth projects to reinforce physical, social-emotional, and cognitive skills.
From Preschoolers designing and running a school-wide camera repair shop to Kindergartners spending an entire day in the woods hiking and conducting experiments, our Early Childhood students are questioners, listeners, and leaders. 

In addition to two core classroom teachers, Early Childhood students visit with Specialist teachers in Greenhouse, Drama, Music, Art, and Spanish. But our school doesn’t work without our families. Throughout the year, we strengthen our community through school events such as curriculum nights, coffee talks, parents’ night out, and of course, field trips. 

Schedule a tour today to see how we ignite curiosity and creativity in our youngest learners!

7825 Big Bend Blvd.

Webster Groves, MO, 63119


Little Sunshine's Playhouse & Preschool

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool is an award-winning, all-inclusive preschool program that proudly serves families with children ages 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten. They offer a safe, secure, and nurturing educational environment through their Distinctive Services and Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse’s devoted educators, their tight security, and personal parent-teacher communication set them apart from other child care programs by preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. They do all of this while also providing parents peace of mind while at work. Call today to schedule your tour and come experience their program firsthand.

Locations in University City, Chesterfield, O’Fallon
(Creve Coeur and Lake St. Louis Coming Soon!)

Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy is an early learning program that serves families with infants through pre-k. They are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the country’s leading professional organization supporting high-quality early learning for children through practice, policy, and research. Accreditation correlates with children’s greater readiness and success in school, increased educational attainment rates, and overall healthier lifestyles. In fact, only 10% of preschool programs in Missouri have earned this designation, and we are proud to be among them.
Academies in Chesterfield, Des Peres, and O’Fallon

New City School

Since 1969, New City School has inspired children aged 3 through 6th Grade to engage joyfully in learning and achieve academic excellence while cultivating their personal strengths and passions. Students are empowered to build community and advocate for a more just and equitable world through a hands-on, experiential curriculum guided by the theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI). By connecting the concept of MI to knowledge of brain development, teachers at New City provide students with challenging curricular opportunities that encourage learning and growth, allowing students to develop their individual strengths and grow into confident, joyful learners who are successful academically, are knowledgeable about themselves and others, value and appreciate diversity, and are prepared to lead in the classroom and beyond.

5209 Waterman Blvd
St. Louis MO 63108

Rohan Woods School

Rohan Woods School is small–by mission–just one class per age or grade level. Set in a family neighborhood in mid-county St. Louis, the school starts at age 2 (Early Childhood) and goes through 6th grade. With an 8:1 student/teacher ratio, faculty is able to focus on personalized instruction and project learning to ensure students positively embrace their challenging curriculum for future success, develop a love of learning, and practice the skills to problem solve. Each adult connected with the school community serves as a passionate conduit for teaching and discovering the qualities of a leader in each student. All of this, blended with project learning, Science, Technology and team development, help each child move from their Early Childhood program based on purposeful play, through their elementary and middle school to be a successful and engaged student in secondary school.

See all this for yourself.  Set up a private tour.  Since we have rolling admissions, we accept applications year-round, and your child can start mid-year if you’re moving into the St. Louis area or just moving to a new part of the area.

1515 Bennett Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122

The Fulton School

The Fulton School is a small, independent, Montessori school for toddlers through 12th grade. They offer a strong academic environment where self-confidence, curiosity, kindness, and integrity are paramount.

As a school based on the Montessori philosophy, Fulton School educates the whole child, not just his/her brain, integrating social skills, character education, and emotional well-being with academics.

Curiosity, joy, and engagement are cornerstones of their toddler and preschool programs. Children have a natural desire for independence (which is intricately linked to self-confidence), so the classrooms are designed to allow each child to explore hands-on, meaningful work that both reaches the child at his/her current stage, but also encourages the child to stretch him/herself to the next level.

Located in Chesterfield just off Highway 40 on a beautiful nine-acre campus, The Fulton School boasts an environment where the teaching styles are refreshing and the children are engaged, accepted, and passionate about learning. Private tours are available year-round.

1100 White Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017

HopeMark Preschool

Discover HopeMark’s theme-based, play-centered preschool, nestled near Francis Park, offering 2-day, 3-day, and PreK programs for potty-trained children ages 2-5. Certified teachers lead our half-day programs, shaping children into lifelong learners. Our traditional school year (September thru May) emphasizes curiosity and social growth. We have been cultivating kind, confident, and prepared children for over five decades and are committed to the most up-to-date early child education standards! We invite you to come play and explore with us! Call 314-832-8115 or email [email protected] to set up your family’s tour today!
6273 Eichelberger St.
St. Louis, MO 63109

North Side Community School - Early Childhood Center

Embark on an educational journey like no other at North Side Community School’s Early Childhood Center, where we foster a love for learning from Pre-K through Kindergarten. Our dedicated educators blend nurturing care with play-based education, ensuring a holistic approach to your child’s development. With a focus on individualized attention and age-appropriate curricula, we set the stage for a seamless transition to the academic excellence that defines North Side Community School. Join us in cultivating young minds and creating a foundation for a lifetime of success.

1916 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113
(314) 385-9502 x2100

Green Park Lutheran School

Green Park Lutheran School is the best JK-8 private elementary school in South St. Louis County offering academic rigor, centered in Christ for more than 60 years.  Focused on developmental growth, our Junior Kindergarten (JK) program provides a nurturing environment for ages 3 and 4, preparing them for elementary school. Tailored to their level, JK students enjoy age-appropriate lessons, learning centers, and daily Bible study. Purposefully intertwined with our K-8 curriculum, it’s a seamless transition into “big school.” Experience the joy of learning at Green Park Lutheran School, where every child is known, loved, and valued.

4248 Green Park Rd
St. Louis, MO 63125

Future Foundations Child Care and Preschool

Future Foundations Child Care + Daycare  strives to nurture the confidence, creativity, and curiosity of every child in their care to create children who not only love to learn but yearn for new experiences and create their own learning opportunities. Their vertically aligned curriculum allows for each age group to learn within their abilities but build on to their knowledge of each curriculum area year to year as they grow with us. Now enrolling ages birth – 5 years, schedule your private tour today!

930 Kehrs Mill Rd, Suite 220
Ballwin, MO 63011

Clarkson Valley Early Childhood: 2730 Valley Rd. Chesterfield MO 63005

Eureka Early Childhood: 442 W 4th St. Eureka MO 63025

Vandover Early Childhood: 1900 Hawkins Rd. Fenton MO 63026


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