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University School for Young Children

University School for Young Children Selected as ‘Showcase Classroom’

The University School for Young Children (USYC) at Southeast Missouri State University has been selected as an exemplary high quality early childhood program by a Conference on the Young Years committee on behalf of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and will be recognized for this status at a state conference next spring.
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The University School for Young Children (USYC) was approved and rewarded a grant to participate in the Growing with MO Learning Collaborative, Farm to Preschool program.

The farm to preschool program connects Missouri’s earliest learners with knowledge as to where their food comes from and introducing them to fresh, local and in season fruits and vegetables. This is a growing movement that offers our children increased access to health, local foods, gardening opportunities and food based activities to enhance the quality of the educational experiences. Through this grant the USYC will get funding to start gardening projects, purchase supplies, attend trainings, participate in field trips and have access to garden themed education. The project will run from April 2018 – January 2019.

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The University School for Young Children was formed in May 2012 when we brought together the Center for Child Studies and the University Child Enrichment Center 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 visit in person.  We would be happy to answer your questions and look forward to working with you and your children.

"Educating the University's Youngest Students through Play and Exploration"

Byron Henderson, Director

Joy Burnette, Operations Supervisor



Mailing Address:

University School for Young Children
Southeast Missouri State University
2089 Bessie Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Hours & Schedule:

The University School for Young Children operates Monday through Friday, 7:30-5:30.

The University School for Young Children is closed on University holidays and days when the University’s main campus is closed due to inclement weather. If the University is closed, the USYC will be closed. If the University has a delayed start, USYC will open 30 minutes prior to the University. If the University has an early closing, the USYC will close 30 minutes after the stated time.

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University School for Young Children
2089 Bessie St.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701