St. Francis Preschool & Child Care
2112 South Main
Maryville, MO 64468
St. Francis Preschool and Child Care Center is a state-licensed child care facility that has been in operation since August, 1986. Providing child care for children between the ages of six weeks through 12 years, the Center strives to provide a caring, safe, healthy and homelike environment which will be stimulating and organized, yet flexible to meet each child's needs and abilities.
The preschool component for the Center is for children ages three to five years and gives each child the opportunity to enhance their abilities in all areas of development: physical, social, intellectual, and educational. The preschool helps to prepare children for kindergarten by providing them many opportunities for development. Special topics such as dinosaurs, the world around us, weather, and transportation are samples of weekly themes used to stimulate the children's natural curiosities and interests. Fine motor skills are mastered through cutting, drawing, and painting while outdoor and gross motor play offer plenty of exercise for large motor development. A language-rich environment is created through literacy enrichment, story telling, drama and creative play.
The Center participates in the Missouri Department of Health Child and Adult Food Care Program (CAFCP). Meals are catered by the St. Francis Bread Basket and are planned by registered dietitian. Menus meet federal guidelines for all nutritional requirements for all ages served.
Management and staff consists of caring, qualified individuals whose primary concern is the safety and well-being of each child. The director and each staff member meet state guidelines for childcare teachers; maintain current health record including a TB evaluation; undergo child abuse/neglect screening and criminal background check; are listed on the Family Care Safety Registry; and attend at least 12 hours of continuous education each year that includes CPR and first aid.
Hours of operation for the Center are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before-and after-school programs are also available. The Center is located at 2112 South Main.