The University School for Young Children was formed in May 2012 when we brought together the University School for Young Children and the University Child Enrichment School to form one program. These two programs have a long history of excellence in providing preschool education and child care, as well as serving as training sites for University students. At our school, we strive to learn and grow together in a caring, supportive community. We are passionate about our work with learners of all ages. We would love to share with you the benefits of the School and tell you more about our program. Please tour our facility online and don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a tour in person. We would be happy to answer your questions and look forward to working with you and your children.
The University School for Young Children is located at 2089 Bessie St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
From I-55, take exit 99. Go south on Kingshighway to Bessie and turn left. We are located at the intersection of Bessie and North Spring.
From Southeast Missouri State University Campus, go west on Broadway to Clark and turn left. Turn right onto Bessie. We are located at the intersection of Bessie and North Spring.
At the University School for Young Children we believe in creating an environment that promotes active, experiential learning and reflection for learners of all ages. We support positive development by providing stimulating learning environments with rich opportunities for growth and discovery. Our philosophy is grounded in knowledge and theory in child development, early childhood education, and developmentally appropriate practice. We respect all individuals and support the unique abilities and perspectives each brings to our work with young children and families. We value families and the community and appreciate the multiple contexts that impact development and growth.
As a laboratory school, we have the benefit of having practicum students working in the classrooms as part of their educational experience. These students take lecture courses that correspond with their laboratory experiences. Practicum students provide us with many advantages, including enthusiasm and the introduction of new perspectives. As part of their coursework, they also introduce new learning projects to the children on a regular basis, enriching our curriculum.