The University School for Young Children is a nationally accredited early childhood education center open to the University faculty, staff, students, and the community. The USYC is an academic center that provides training and education to students in early childhood education, child development and psychology for professional careers.
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. Call us at (573) 651-2516 to schedule a tour. We would be happy to answer your questions and look forward to working with you and your children.
Hear from a Parent
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 practices. We respect all individuals and support the unique abilities and perspectives each brings. We value families and the community and appreciate the multiple contexts that impact development and growth.
The University School for Young Children uses The Creative Curriculum along with other tools and philosophies that are grounded in child development research and theory. For the preschool students, we also include the Missouri Pre-K Standards to guide our curriculum and assessment.
Hear from a Lab Student
As a laboratory school, we love 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 regularly, enriching our curriculum.
Learning at the USYC
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