At LifeWise StL, we’re profoundly committed to nurturing and empowering future leaders of our community through our Early Childhood Center. Serving a vital role in providing high-quality childcare and preschool education, we presently accommodate 94 children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
A cornerstone of our mission is to assist primarily under-resourced families, many of whom are single-parent households, who need reliable childcare due to work, school, or training obligations. We are a proud partner site of the YWCA’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Our partnerships and state subsidies ensure access to excellent childcare is within reach for our families.
A day at our center encompasses more than education; it includes comprehensive care. From a nutritious breakfast to a wholesome afternoon snack, children’s dietary needs are well catered for. Regular health screenings are conducted throughout the year, including lead and iron testing, growth assessments, as well as vision, hearing, and dental checks, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital St. Louis Healthy Kids Express and Saving Sight. We also participate in the USDA Child Nutrition Program.
We place great emphasis on continual development assessment. Children are regularly evaluated for their educational progress using Dial 4 and Denver II screenings, with additional resources provided as needed by Saint Louis Public Schools, First Steps, and Belle Children’s Services of St. Louis Arc.
Our Early Childhood Program proudly holds accreditation from the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth. As members of United 4 Children and ChildCare Aware of Missouri, we receive invaluable technical support and in-service training. Our curriculum is based on proven educational research. We utilize the Creative Curriculum, which has been shown to enhance classroom quality and promote school readiness. Furthermore, Teaching Strategies Gold assists us in providing ongoing individualized assessments to track outcomes effectively and plan future objectives.
At LifeWise StL, we strive to foster an environment that champions the growth, well-being, and empowerment of each child in our care.