We Have Walls! Or do we?

“This is an exciting day,” we said through fogged breath. “It’s been a long time coming.”


Try as it may, the wind failed to flush our spirits, because this was a good day. Today, embodied under the guise of steel and stone, we finally saw the future.


“Good thing we have coffee.”

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A little before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19 marked the start of the Tilt-up Tailgate, an unofficial and casual gathering of some with a vested interest in the future of the center.

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As the commune of board members, staff, and well-wishers took to the streets of South Jefferson to muse at a promise fulfilled, we couldn’t help but note the irony of the situation.


We celebrated with anticipation as we watched our first wall go up, yet our mission remains to break down as many walls as possible.


At Southside we help knock down barriers between St. Louis children in need and the wealth of opportunity that could be available to them.  We do this by living our mission: to nurture, educate and inspire children and their families in a diverse and inclusive environment, promoting healthy development and a strong foundation for success


Our environment of inclusiveness and diversity is palpable from the moment you enter. Interactions at the center span multiple languages and perspectives; we consider our role as more than just early childhood education, but also as advocates of cultural understanding and appreciation.

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We take our job seriously, and our job is something we work at tirelessly.


It’s a good thing we have coffee.