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Child development centers in Columbia vary in size as well as in scope. While some offer progressive curriculums and the latest advancements for preschools, others are more intimate daycare centers that take a more relaxed approach to childcare. Whatever your priorities, finding the right daycare center for your child is important. We’ve made the seemingly overwhelming task easier by collecting basic information such as size, location, and licensing information for child development centers in Columbia into a single location. Simply click on the links below to learn more about Columbia childcare centers that are dedicated to providing families with safe, quality childcare. You can also read reviews about various childcare providers to learn more about which is the right choice for your family. We always welcome comments and corrections, to better the browsing experience on our site.

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BRIGHT START ACADEMY INC

BRIGHT START ACADEMY INC

Columbia, MO 65203 | (573) 447-3400
First and foremost we provide the best possible environment for a child. Children learn best when they are engaged and interested, and what better way to do that than to have fun while learning. While at our Academy your child will have plenty of time working on teacher directed activities. However learning at Bright Start Academy is also designed to be informal and flexible so the children are allowed to explore, discover and create. It is also varied in nature so the children discover themselves first as individuals, and then relate to others in their group. Bright Start Academy has experienced professional staff. Our Directors have at least 10 years as Directors. Our nurturing and caring staff receives on-going training throughout the year by attending various workshops related to the field of early childhood education. By being trained properly and having stability in management, the turnover in our staff is very low compared to other schools. This stability and continuity is important to your child’s emotional and educational growth. And of course at Bright Start we pride ourselves on providing unsurpassed value. As you check our tuition rates you will find that we are among the most affordable schools in the St. Louis metro area.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF COLUMBIA INC

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF COLUMBIA INC

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 443-7677
The mission of the Child Development Center of First Baptist Church is to provide a high quality pre-school education for children. We strive to reach out to children regardless of race, religion, color, or national origin, including those of economically disadvantaged families. “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.”
BRIGHT START ACADEMY #6

BRIGHT START ACADEMY #6

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 447-0005
First and foremost we provide the best possible environment for a child. Children learn best when they are engaged and interested, and what better way to do that than to have fun while learning. While at our Academy your child will have plenty of time working on teacher directed activities. However learning at Bright Start Academy is also designed to be informal and flexible so the children are allowed to explore, discover and create. It is also varied in nature so the children discover themselves first as individuals, and then relate to others in their group.
A GOOD START INC

A GOOD START INC

Columbia, MO 65203 | (573) 234-1637
It is the philosophy of “A Good Start” to develop the whole child. This development takes place through social skills enhancement, academic learning, daily devotions (nondenominational Christian Bible stories are taught), and creative play time. Reading is very important in any child's development and at “A Good Start”, children are encouraged to read by the teaching of phonics, along with sight word memorization. Children are also read to several times daily. It is our goal to prepare each child for kindergarten and to help them develop into confident individuals. I have learned that children give us what is expected of them, we only want the best that each child can be. We will provide an atmosphere of love, laughter, and learning with boundaries that allow each child respect and room to grow.
BRIGHT STAR LEARNING CENTER LLC

BRIGHT STAR LEARNING CENTER LLC

Columbia, MO 65203 | (573) 445-2418
Welcome to Bright Star Learning Center, LLC. Here, it is our vision to provide your child with a positive, safe, fun and quality early childhood developmental program. Our child care philosophy is to provide an environment: That resembles the comforts of home Where learning occurs as a result of fun That encourages both independent play and socialization That reinforces the values of respect and virtue, including sharing, patience and good manners Where the children feel safe and happy That helps children learn how to successfully relate to others Our child care program: Encourages children in age-appropriate developmental tasks Challenges children’s intellectual curiosity, reasoning and creativity Models integrity and respect for others Allows children to experience quality adult-child interactions Encourages children in art, music, language, math, literacy and social development Encourages children to grow in independence and self-sufficiency Ensures consistency and fairness in treatment Our philosophy of child care is to provide for the parents/guardians: Open communication about your child Up-to-date information about your child’s activities An attitude of teamwork in areas relating to your child’s development Our goals in caring for your child include: Getting to know your child’s interests, strengths and challenges. Helping children explore their creativity and imagination Offering developmentally appropriate learning opportunities Helping children build respect for themselves, others, our classroom and property Introducing new experiences in fundamental learning Building on past experiences that provide a comfort zone for each child
BROWN STATION EARLY LEARNING CENTER, INC.

BROWN STATION EARLY LEARNING CENTER, INC.

Columbia, MO 65202 | (573) 474-3292
Every child is unique and we believe that success and growth come from learning in a safe and explorative environment. Our mission is to provide an accelerated educational program and high quality care with developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children ages six weeks through eight years. We encourage active involvement from parents and guardians to help round out your child's experience. The program is designed to help your child become an independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learner. Our facility accepts children regardless of race, gender, religion, or national origin.
CHILDRENS HOUSE OF COLUMBIA INC DBA CHILDREN'S HOUSE MONTESSORI O

CHILDRENS HOUSE OF COLUMBIA INC DBA CHILDREN'S HOUSE MONTESSORI O

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 443-2825
The Children's House of Columbia is an early learning center offering a Montessori program in which each child, respected as an individual, is encouraged to develop his/her total personality at an individualized pace and within an individual growth style. Children's House is committed to principles of respect for each child, concern for the worth of the individual and the ideal of human brotherhood. Children's House provides a program relevant to the needs of children in a rapidly changing world. The curriculum is experimental and open ended, the atmosphere is one of personal support and caring, stressing the development of skills, concepts and values through the child's own experiences. In the "prepared environment" of Children's House, the child may chose activities in the areas of daily living, sensorial education, language arts, music, foreign language, science, small and gross motor play, fantasy play, etc. The child's independent effort is fostered and individuality is honored. The 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 3.5 years and preschool classes with mixed age groupings. There is an extended day class for older children to the age of 6. The ungraded aspect of the 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.
COUNTRY SIDE NURSERY SCHOOL

COUNTRY SIDE NURSERY SCHOOL

Columbia, MO 65203 | (573) 445-4111
Countryside Nursery School is a preschool that provides an academically challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of individual students. The classroom teachers work closely together to ensure that the curriculum is well-integrated and age appropriate. They work to instill a feeling of self-worth and self-confidence in each student while also requiring that he or she recognize the needs of others. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal with a balance between freedom and discipline. Since 1979 our goal at Countryside has been to provide a happy and positive environment for your child; to help gain an appreciation of the world around them; to experience pleasure through creative expression in art, music and drama; to learn to express themselves; to develop desirable social behavior while learning to deal with his/her feelings and those of their peers.  With these experiences, your child will discover that school and learning is rewarding and fun. 
HAWTHORNE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES INC

HAWTHORNE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES INC

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 874-1710
Hawthorne Educational Services, located in Columbia, Missouri, was incorporated in 1984. Hawthorne develops, publishes, and markets educational materials to public and private schools. These materials are primarily in the areas of assessment and intervention for special needs students.
MARY LEE JOHNSTON COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER

MARY LEE JOHNSTON COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 449-5600
Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving children from six weeks to kindergarten age and their families since 1934. Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center is committed to providing high quality, affordable child care and education programs based on the needs of our community. Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center is committed to providing high quality, affordable care and education programs based on the needs of our community.
MOTHERS DAY OUT PROGRAM

MOTHERS DAY OUT PROGRAM

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 449-6964
The purpose of Mother’s Day Out (MDO) is to provide safe, self-directed activities for preschool children so that parents may have free time for needs, interests, talents and employment. The philosophy of the MDO staff is to promote the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child with age appropriate learning opportunities. We are a Conscious Discipline Preschool.Our goal is to create a school family, provide social experiences and hands on learning in a safe caring, loving and relaxed environment that will help prepare the child for school and to thrive in our world today.
MU-CHILD DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY

MU-CHILD DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY

Columbia, MO 65211 | (573) 882-4318
The MU Child Development Laboratory (CDL) is an educational setting for community children and a teaching and research laboratory for University students, faculty and staff. The CDL operates a full-day, full-year teacher-training lab school affiliated with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) within the College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES).
NORA STEWART EARLY LEARNING CENTER INC

NORA STEWART EARLY LEARNING CENTER INC

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 449-5981
While the primary mission of Nora Stewart is to provide an educational facility for children ages two to ten, it also provides a safe and nurturing environment on a sliding scale for children whose families would not otherwise be able to afford care. Children are supported with proper nutrition and a strong academic curriculum emphasizing reading, math, and other critical skills.
READY SET LEARN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER, LLC

READY SET LEARN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER, LLC

Columbia, MO 65202 | (573) 446-7757
At Ready Set LEARN (RSL) we are passionate about teaching and helping your little one grow into the amazing person they were born to be! RSL is a locally owned and operated Early Childhood Learning Center that was started out of a love for working with and teaching children. We truly care about children and strive to make early educational experiences positive, creating a strong foundation for future learning.
SPROUT ACADEMY PRE-SCHOOL LLC

SPROUT ACADEMY PRE-SCHOOL LLC

Columbia, MO 65203 | (573) 881-1674
We believe that each child is special and unique. Early childhood development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, and health. We believe development is interrelated and therefore our preschool program philosophy espouses that children have a natural curiosity that is nurtured though an integrated, authentic, play-based approach. We believe that development advances when children have opportunities to practice new skills as well as when they experience a challenge just beyond their present level of mastery. Children develop at different rates, learn in different ways, and express their knowledge in different ways. They learn best in an environment where they feel safe, valued and loved. Sprout students will be immersed in an enriching environment with materials that offer opportunity for exploration and discovery and our curriculum will be a responsive one that follows a developmental continuum ensuring each child is ready for kindergarten. This curriculum includes exploration of science, mathematics, social studies, literacy, drama, music, creative movement, visual arts and the Bible.
THE LANGUAGE TREE

THE LANGUAGE TREE

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 424-2517
The Language Tree provides an early childhood language immersion program for students, ages 2 to 6 years. In addition, we offer after school programs for Kindergarten-5th grade. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year all programs will be offerred in both French & Spanish. Early Years, Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, Graduate Program, and After School Programs. We are also now a daycare and offer Enrichment Care - All Day Care.
TREE TOP INNOVATIVE LEARNING CENTER, INC.

TREE TOP INNOVATIVE LEARNING CENTER, INC.

Columbia, MO 65202 | (573) 256-8733
We are a new day care dedicated to not only caring for children but also dedicated to teaching them advanced life skills at an early age. Our mission is to develope life- long learners and leaders; while building relationships between the children, the parents, the staff and the community we serve.
ACADEMY II LLC

ACADEMY II LLC

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 441-0888
Welcome to the Academy of Fine Arts and Early Childhood Learning. It is the goal of this establishment to give your child the opportunity to experience high quality educational care. We have developed a curriculum that has a scope and sequence from birth through kindergarten entry. This curriculum is based on research, practice and input from many early childhood professionals. Lessons are developed using the framework of Creative Curriculum and incorporating our uniquely developed curriculum simultaneously. At the Academy, your child’s daily activities will provide him/her with the opportunity to gain practice in all areas of development including cognitive, language, fine motor, gross motor, social emotional, and self help skills through Developmentally Appropriate Practice techniques. Additionally they will be exposed to foreign language, free motion dance, science, and music instruction. These skills will help your child build his/her self-esteem and prepare him/her for future life skills. Each child is treated with respect and love and is offered a positive learning environment.
ALL CHILDREN FIRST LLC DBA END OF THE RAINBOW CDC

ALL CHILDREN FIRST LLC DBA END OF THE RAINBOW CDC

Columbia, MO 65201 | (573) 442-7979
The staff at End of the Rainbow bases its philosophy on each child's total development. We provide an enriching atmosphere which enables the child to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. We offer a learning environment which provides developmentally appropriate experiences designed to stimulate these areas of growth. The children are involved in first hand experiences and opportunities for self exploration and growth. They are encouraged to explore the world around them through free play and directed activities. Learning through play is the heart of our curriculum. Daily lesson plans are introduced through structured themes with the children's interest in mind. Through play children learn about themselves, others and the world around them.
ALPHA HART LEWIS ADVENTURE CLUB

ALPHA HART LEWIS ADVENTURE CLUB

Columbia, MO 65202 | (573) 214-3200
Alpha Hart Adventure Club provides a fun, safe, learning environment for AHL students before and after school. We offer a number of choices in activities for the children during both structured and free time. Our staff often design the clubs that we do in an effort to better suit the interests of the children in our program.
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