To help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to support public health efforts, most family attractions and many businesses have closed temporarily. We urge our readers to follow public health guidelines: Stay home if at all possible and practice social distancing if you must leave your home. For the latest on protecting your family and community from COVID-19 follow these guidelines. To learn the facts about children and COVID-19, hear from Dr. Hilary Babcock, an infectious disease specialist with St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Preschools

Early Childhood Center at The J

The Early Childhood Centerat the J is dedicated to educating the whole child. We offer both an academic and a social/emotional curriculum, and our program is licensed and accredited. In addition to our student-driven school day, we offer dozens of "extra-curricular" activities on-site – swimming, yoga, dance, sports and more. The Early Childhood Center at the J provides year-round care for children ages six weeks to 5 years, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full time, part time and combination schedules are available. J Day Camps are included during the summer months at no extra cost.

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Community School

Community School is an independent elementary and preschool in St. Louis, Missouri, serving families with children age 3 through sixth grade. Community allows young children's gifts to flourish in an environment of active, experiential learning. The 7:1 student/teacher ratio allows personalized attention for each student. As a testament to their superior academic preparation, Community students' test scores are among the highest in the nation. Students learn a foreign language beginning in nursery and are immersed deeply in a strong STEAM program, which also includes drama, art, music, band, and woodworking.

 

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The Fulton School

The Fulton School is a place where home and school work together to foster a love of learning in children, from toddlers through 12th grade. We believe that children have a natural excitement to learn, but many students lose that spark during their first few years in school. We work hard to foster an environment that nurtures that spark!

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The Waldorf School of St. Louis

At the Waldorf School of St. Louis, we believe that an unhurried approach to the early childhood years offers the healthiest and strongest foundation for children's academic, social, and personal growth. We very deliberately do not accelerate academic learning in our early childhood progrm. Our teachers create a welcoming environment designed to facilitate the child's emerging capabilities. Classrooms are warm and colorful, with natural toys and a peaceful environment that inspires open-ended play and free movement. 

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Chesterfield Day School

Chesterfield Day School is a student-centered independent school that promotes the joy of learning, positive character development, and service to others. As a school tracing its origins to the Montessori philosophy, each child is allowed to explore meaningful work and stretch to the next level. Our Montessori roots encourage children to grow into resilient and independent learners, courageous risk takers, eloquent communicators, and active contributors to the larger community. Our dedicated and well-educated faculty are experts in their subject matter and child development, and provide our students with a personalized education from start to finish.

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Rohan Woods School

Rohan Woods School is small – by mission – just one class per age or grade level. We start at age 2 – and go through Middle School (6th grade). With a 9:1 student/teacher ratio, faculty is able to focus on personalized instruction and project learning to ensure students positively embrace our challenging curriculum for future success, develop a love of learning and practice the skills to problem solve.

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The Wilson School

A Wilson education gives children age three through sixth grade a strong academic foundation in the caring environment they need to succeed.  At Wilson, students are known, nurtured and challenged each and every day. Teachers are empowered to develop a customized curriculum that connects foundational learning with innovative, project-based experiences which engage and inspire.

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Open House at YMCA Camp Lakewood
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Camp Lakewood Open Houses are designed to give you and your children or teens the opportunity to meet the camp directors, ask questions and see the beautiful property. You'll get a tour of the camp, be able to speak with camp staff and be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime at YMCA Camp Lakewood.

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Parents' Survival Night at The Little Gym
Friday, May 1, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020

Parents call it a break from the kids, and kids call it a break from parents, so its a win-win for all! During Parents' Survival Night you can spend some adult time seeing a movie or catching up with friends, while your kids get quality "kid time" in a safe, familiar, and fun place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games and fun LEGO, DUPLO and LEGO Junior building activities.

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Kids Art Night Out
Friday, May 1, 2020

Kids Art Night Out at Yucandu Art Studio features a new creative project each month, ranging from mosaics, to collage, print-making, glitter, clay and more.

 

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Tons of Transportation
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Kids of all ages are invited to climb on and explore dump trucks, backhoes, fire trucks, police cruisers, an excavator and more at Tons of Transportation.

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Congratulations. You are now your kids' de facto teacher. But in this time of high anxiety, you get to decide what your "school" will look like and what your kids really need. I'm absolutely sure that what none of us need right now is more stress. To that end, I decided my kids need some current-day instruction mixed in with as many practical life lessons as I could pass along from my own growing-up years: the 1990s. 

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Coming Soon: Why the Forest Park Playscape, Opening This Year, Will Be Much More Than a Playground

Since breaking ground on the child-inspired Nature Playscape in Forest Park last summer, Forest Park Forever, the City of St. Louis and their team of partners have been pushing forward on this much-anticipated project at full speed, constructing eight activity areas where your kids will soon splash, climb, build, and learn. Already halfway completed, this one-of-a-kind play area in the heart of the park is destined to grow children’s interest in the natural world around them.

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Once upon a time, well before we had children, I sat down to have a conversation with my husband. Looking back now, it was a magical twenty minutes. Perhaps we talked about something somewhat important, like our monthly financial spreadsheet, or something extremely important, like what restaurant we were going to for dinner. The point isn’t what the conversation was about. The point is that once upon a time we were able to have an entire uninterrupted conversation.

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