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Little Guppy Child Development Center - O'Fallon

1078 Bryan Road
O Fallon, MO 63366

(636) 240-7332


Little Guppy is an early childhood development program integrated with the convenience of day care. Our Little Guppy Family is comprised of three facets: the children, their families, and the teachers/staff. Our program values each of these facets equally and is devoted to their development. We also recognize and value our role in the community.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Children Little Guppy’s child development program focuses on developing each child in each area of development, at their individual pace. Our environment provides excellent opportunities for exploration and development in an “at home” atmosphere. We use the “High Scope” approach to plan our curriculum, assessment, and environment. High Scope is an approach based on the constructivist theory of education. Constructivism encourages mutual respect between children, teachers, and parents. Children are provided with many opportunities from which they may choose to explore in a “hands on, minds on” manner. Teachers document each child’s progress through portfolios, daily reports, anecdotal records, and other assessments. You will be well informed of your child’s progress in each facet of our program. Families We are committed to meeting the needs of the families of the children who attend our center. We believe that parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers and by supporting and educating them, we will have improved the life of the child. Teachers/Staff We are committed to our teachers and staff. We strive to meet their needs as individuals as well as develop them as teachers. We believe that providing a supportive and professional environment will enable teachers to be happy and productive. This will ensure their longevity and provide your child with stable and loving relationships. An integral part of supporting our teachers and staff is providing them with above average salaries and benefits. Therefore, we must be committed to maintaining a financially strong program. Community We are committed to bettering our community and teaching children the importance of community involvement. Further, it is our goal to raise awareness of the importance of positive early childhood experiences.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Cutting Edge Curriculum High/Scope Approach Building knowledge through hands-on, open-ended activities is engaging, not to mention fun. At Little Guppy, we use the High/Scope Approach to early learning. Our qualified professional educators use a set of key experiences, children’s assessments and children’s interests to create their weekly lesson plans. The key experiences are a set of steps that children typically go through during early childhood development. We document your child's progress in a portfolio; watching that they are meeting their goals. There are key experiences in each area of learning including social relations, math, science, language and music ensuring every child goes to kindergarten prepared by the Missouri Preschool Standards and ready for new learning. In an open-ended setting, children are encouraged to use their creativity and learn through play. Twice each year, the teachers will set aside time for family conferences to discuss one-on-one your child's development and future goals. Extra Curricular ■Radiant Child Yoga ■American Sign Language ■Spanish ■Gymnastics on Wheels ■Dance Time, LLC

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Guppy Difference
High Scope Curriculum
â– A curriculum chosen for it's base in over 30 years of educational and developmental research.

â– Sign Language and Spanish are taught as an active part of our curriculum.

â– Digital cameras, Laptops in every classroom enhance the learning experience as well as providing documentation to parents.
â– Private Class Room Website Pages with photo galleries, calendars and news
â– Facebook Pages for up to date information

Safety & Security
â– Our facilities have a Coded Keypad System for Building Entry & Check In/Check Out.
â– Disaster readiness programs are practiced monthly with the children
â– All Teachers and Staff are trained in CPR & First Aid

Love & Logic Discipline Approach
â– Set limits in the classroom without anger
â– Build strong connections between home and school
â– Make teaching and learning more fun and productive

Family Activities
â– A wide variety of activities are provided for families to enjoy with your child. Fall Family Festival, My Daddy's My Caddy Putt Putt Tourney, Gardening with Mom, and many more...
â– Parent Partner Meetings take place once a month to strengthen the relationship between teachers and parents

Conveniences On-Site
â– Professional Hair Cuts
â– Dry Cleaning
â– Papa Murphy's Take Away Dinner Nights
â– Lizzie Jean Cookies - Unique and delicious cookies and cupcakes for any occasion! Perfect for Holidays, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers and much more... Conveniently celebrate your child's birthday with deliveries directly to Little Guppy for your child's big day at no additional cost. Order Lizzie Jean's Cookies today! Mention Little Guppy and receive 20% off your order!


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation