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St. Ann Early Childhood Center


Saint Ann Early Childhood Center is sponsored by the Saint Ann Catholic Church. The preschool serves children 2 1/2 -5 years if age and their families, offering high-quality education in a Catholic environment. St. Ann E.C.C. is a Missouri State Accredited program.

Information about the St. Ann E.C.C. programs is found below. The schedules and tuition scale are for the present school year.

2013-14 St. Ann Early Childhood Center Pricing Schedule (click to view)

2013-14 St. Ann Early Childhood Center Calendar (click to view)

If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a visit, please contact the Director, Anna Hook , at 314-382-5786 during school hours or at 314-382-5786 outside of school hours. Or via email at [email protected].

Our Philosophy
As a state accredited facility, St. Ann’s Early Childhood program is devoted to the development of the whole child; physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. Our philosophy is based on the child development theories of NAEYC (national Academy of Early Childhood) and the ABCs of Archdiocesan Parish Child Care Programs.

We offer a unique, play based, individualized program that focuses on each child’s developmental needs and promotes a positive, secure, and accepting environment enabling each child to grow with a sense of joy and wonderment.

Two’s Curriculum Details
Each child and each group of children is different so there is no one “right” schedule. Our carefully planned activities will:

  1. Be predictable. Routines provide security and comfort for younger children as they grow out of infancy.
  2. Be flexible, not rigid.
  3. Include a variety of activities in some form every day:
    a. Variety of toys/activites that focus on development of large and small muscles
    b. Art, books, music and signing, simple problem solving, cause and effect, and social experience
    c. Opportunities for visual, auditory, and sensory stimulation
  4. Have a balance between activities that  are:
    a. Active vs. calm
    b. Indiviual vs. group
    c. Child-initiated vs. teacher-directed
    d. Indoor vs. outdoor

Three’s Curriculum Description
Problem-solving, reasoning, and self-control are fostered as children’s attention spans increase, allowing for cooperative play and learning independent life skills. Children are encouraged to treat each other with caring and kindness as they become more aware of their own emotions as well as the feelings of others. Children learn best using hands-on activities while working at their own pace. We are there to help in the learning process.

Four’s Curriculum Description
Complex, inventive play is evident as the Pre-K children plan and work together toward a common goal. Written language is introduced with the curriculum, addressing readiness for elementary school. The four-year olds’ classroom has been prepared to provide the children with many materials and activities designed to help them learn through self-discovery. The games, books, puzzles, etc. vary in difficulty to meet the needs of their different levels of ability. Music, science, math, language, art, and social skills are learned through many experiences during the day. For example, the children sing when they work together to clean up, quiet down for a story, or gather for circle. They learn about math as they measure and pour in the sand or water table. As they work together to make a classroom book, or individually work on their journals, they form a foundation for reading and writing. They learn cooperation skills as they help take care of their classroom and work and play together.