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Downtown Children's Center

607 North 22nd Street
Saint Louis, MO 63103

(314) 621-1131


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

All teachers receive developmentally appropriate practice training through the Child Day Care Association. Project Construct Curriculum is used for 3-5 year olds. Additionally, aspects of Creative Curriculum and Reggio Emillio Approach are used as well.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Each child, parent and staff member is a unique individual with skills, feelings and perceptions, which may or may not be similar to our own
Each person can learn to value him/herself, and to value other person's feelings, needs and individuality.
A warm, nuturing environment is necessary for the development of a positive self concept, creativity, and motivation to learn.
We value children's play as their means for translating experiences into understanding.
The development of motor, sensory and perceptual skills must be encouraged in order to provide the framework for later educational and life experiences.
We value the significant role of the family in each child's development, and work to maintain close ties between home and school. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7-8 am - Arrival, free choice of activities
8-9:10 am - breakfast
9:10-9:30 - clean up and potty
9:30-10 - outside
10-10:30 - Group time (Calendar, weather songs, stories, discuss the day's activities)
10:30-11:30 - Activity time
11:30-11:40 - Clean up
11:40-12:00 - Stories and potty
12:00-12:30 - Lunch
12:30-12:45 - Brush teeth and potty
12:45-1 - Books up and quiet cricket kisses
1-3 - rest time (naps for those who nap)
3-3:30 - Potty, snack time, table toys and puzzles
3:5-4 - Clean up
4-4:15 - Afternoon meeting and potty
4:15-5 - Outside playtime
5-5:40 - light snack and activities
5:40-6 - Books and quiet activities

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

All children ages 6 weeks to 3 receive a daily "My Day", which describes what the child did, ate, how long they slept and other interesting information. Further, all children have a binder, which follows them through each class, which contains their artwork, interesting observations, developmental markers, test results, etc., which the family will receive when the child leaves the Center.