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Best Preschools
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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored preschools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best preschools in St. Louis, MO.

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  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Countryside Montessori School

Countryside Montessori School has been providing preschool services in Creve Coeur for over 50 years. Teachers in the Preschool/Kindergarten program focus on creating independent, lifelong learners via a nurturing atmosphere focused on individual responsibility, freedom of choice, concentration, problem-solving abilities, social interaction, and a command of basic skills in math, language, geography, science, and practical life. Children also benefit from daily music lessons, art projects, outdoor play, nature walks, pony rides, and various field trips. Countryside Montessori School has an Infant Program, Mom's Day Out for one-year-olds, Toddler Program, and Summer Camp as well.

Creve Coeur, MO 63141 (314) 434-2821


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Creative Nursery and Preschool

Creative Nursery and Preschool offers preschool programs in the St. Louis area.Children benefit from the research-based and developmentally appropriate Creative Curriculum, develop skills via the concept of learning through play, and focus on the 11 areas of Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys & Games, Art, Library, Discovery, Sand & Water, Music & Movement, Cooking, and Computers & Outdoor Play. All teachers hold a teaching certificate, complete 12 hours of trainings each year, and are certified in CPR and first aid as well. The group is also known for its healthy, minimally processed foods and ability to cater to children's food allergies and other dietary restrictions.

St. Louis, MO 63139 (314) 221-0230


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Crouthers Academy

Crouthers Academy brings decades of combined experience in preschool teaching to the Chesterfield community. The preschool aims to meet and exceed developmental guidelines via a curriculum focused on language skills, pre-reading, basic math concepts, and scientific inquiry along with positive interaction and problem solving. Activities include arts and crafts, songs and games, science and cooking projects, language, mathematics, multi-cultural activities, and an introduction to computers, and Crouthers also has an Infant Nursery, Toddler Program, and Two Year Old Program. The teachers hold degrees in elementary education, early learning development, and education or have equivalent experience, are trained in CPR and first aid, and have passed a police background check as well.

Chesterfield, MO 63005 (636) 536-4653


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Elaine Rosi Academy for Children

Elaine Rosi Academy for Children has been a St. Louis preschool for almost 35 years. Teachers use the Creative Curriculum which is an approved Early Childhood Curriculum by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and focuses on social and emotional, physical and cognitive, and language development. The state-licensed center also has programs for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds as well as extracurricular activities, and past parents praise the school for being accommodating, knowledgeable, caring, and a fantastic experience for children. Parents may look various information including the weekly menu, videos, photos, and testimonials on Elaine Rosi Academy's site and can also arrange for a personal tour of the school.

St. Louis, MO 63144 (314) 968-0515


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Ethical Society Nursery School

Ethical Society Nursery School is a St. Louis preschool. Parents love the warm atmosphere of the classrooms as well as large windows for tons of natural light, and children spend their time playing, learning, creating, making music, and exploring science via age-appropriate activities focused on a child's physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. The preschool is located inside the building of the Ethical Society, which is "a liberal religious fellowship dedicated to universal, humanistic ethical principles," and parents can look through the various rooms and outdoor areas as well as class activities on ESNS' website. Extended day as well as early care services are also available.

St. Louis, MO 63117 (314) 991-1353


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First Class Christian Child Care & Preschool

First Class Christian Child Care & Preschool is a St Peters preschool. Children receive instruction via a nurturing Christian environment and curriculum of sharing, conversation time, reading books, singing songs, finger-plays, creative art activities, crafts, games, and age-appropriate developmental activities. Teachers emphasize independence, discovery, and experimentation, and additional services are available for infants, toddlers, two-year-olds, school-age children, and parenting workshops as well. Interested parties can arrange for a tour of the center, and parents who have children at Hawthorn Elementary School can also sign up for before and afterschool care as well as a public school bus service to pick up and drop their children off at the center.

St Peters, MO 63376 (636) 928-4100


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International Schoolhouse

International Schoolhouse is a preschool serving the St. Louis community. The center is a Spanish Immersion School with a nurturing and caring faculty that aims to prepare young minds for further education, growth, and development in a multicultural world. Children from the age of two to four can enter the preschool via half-day or full-day programs with classes taught in Spanish five days a week, and full program options may be viewed on ISH's site. Afterschool classes, early elementary school, and summer camps in Spanish are also available, and preschool graduates are able to transition successfully to English-speaking schools as well.

St. Louis, MO 63117 (314) 874-0715


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Kingshighway Hills Preschool Plus

Kingshighway Hills Preschool Plus is a preschool serving the St. Louis community. The center is known for providing a nurturing environment as well as preparing children for the top elementary schools in the St. Louis area and uses child-centered and teacher-led interactions for optimal development and growth. The Lead Teacher and Director boasts a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education along with 10 years of experience in the field, and other of the degreed teachers include one with experience in the Montessori-style of teaching. Additional services include gifted testing and SPED testing as well as school placement services.

St. Louis, MO 63139 (314) 352-5437


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New Life Preschool

New Life Preschool has been a Bridgeton preschool since 1972. The center has a reputation for its loving and nurturing environment focused on Bible-based teachings centered around Christian values, and the "i-school" moniker used to describe the school's classrooms stands for "innovative, interactive, and interesting." Learning in phonics, math, and literature uses the Beka curriculum with 30 pre-reading goals and 14 math and number goals for students enrolled. Toddler, early pre-school, and pre-kindergarten programs are also available, and interested parties can take a virtual tour of the school as well on the center's site. New Life Preschool is a nonprofit ministry of New Life Center.

Bridgeton, MO 63044 (314) 291-4181


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Planet Child Care

Planet Child Care has been providing preschool education in St. Louis for over 15 years. Preschoolers learn via the Creative Curriculum, which is focused on emotional, cognitive, and physical development for the creation of independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. There are also programs for two-year-olds and young preschoolers, infants, and toddlers as well as a before and afterschool program and summer camp for school-age kids. Transportation to and from area schools is also available. The family-owned facility is state-certified, follows strict safety policies, and provides age-appropriate activities along with positive guidance via experienced and nurturing teachers.

St. Louis, MO 63129 (314) 846-0448


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Promise Land Preschool and Child Care Center

Promise Land Preschool and Child Care Center is a preschool in St. Louis. The center is an outreach ministry of Canaan Baptist Church and features a progressive year-round preschool with a Christ-centric environment and child-focused curriculum. Children are nurtured to develop a lifetime love of learning, exploration, and creativity via a safe environment, hands-on learning, self-discovery, and Christian truths, and children follow the Beka Book curriculum for optimal preparation for higher learning. Parents can also take advantage of the center's Camp Discovery during the summer months, and caring teachers cater learning to each child's unique needs, use effective communication with parents, and provide healthy snacks and meals.

St. Louis, MO 63129 (314) 714-2090


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West County Day School

West County Day School is a Chesterfield preschool. The center's Preschool program takes three to four-year-olds and focuses on computers and technology, reading comprehension and literacy, health and fitness, speaking and listening, and language skills including Spanish. The preschool employs attentive teachers who are dedicated to instilling proper social skills, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills as well as a love of learning and discovery, and parents may view a sample schedule on the school's site. Additional programs include Infants, Toddlers, Early Learners, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten Club, Private Kindergarten, and Before & After School, and West County Day School has been recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence.

Chesterfield, MO 63017 (636) 519-0888


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