Children’s House serves children ranging from 2 years of age to 8. Children’s House maintains a strong commitment to providing access to the benefits of a Montessori-based education to all children without regard to race, gender, color, creed or national origin.
In the “prepared environment” common to all Montessori classrooms, the child may choose work from our five core areas: practical living, sensorial education, language arts, mathematics, or culture. Our out‑of‑doors classroom is available to the child as an extension of the indoor environment.
The Montessori classes include a toddler class for children age 2 to 3 years and preschool classes with mixed age groupings. There is an extended-day Kindergarten class for older children to the age of 6. The ungraded aspect of our classes encourages social interaction between children and adults in a familial way, which nurtures respect for and appreciation of others. Each class is staffed by a certified Montessori teacher and one or more assistant teachers.
Approximately 75% of the teaching staff holds Montessori training or certification. (Click HERE to learn more about our staff.) At present, Children’s House employs 13 full-time and 15 part-time teachers, aides, cooks and maintenance staff.
Children’s House operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, for 12 months a year (closed for national holidays and for a short break in August and December). Part-time enrollment options are available, but only on a 5-days a week basis.
- A professional music instructor conducts music lessons bi- weekly.
- Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and gymnastics lessons are offered each Friday.
- Red Cross certified swimming instruction is MU are offered annually.
To provide access to the benefits of a Montessori-based education to all children, we cooperate with Missouri’s Division of Family Services, First Chance for Children and the USDA Child Care Food Program. Participation in these programs allows us to provide tuition assistance to families in need. Currently, about 10% of our enrollment receives some sort of assistance.