A child’s developing world is complex and ever changing. At SouthSide, we work with children from 6 weeks to 5 years old, along with their families, to navigate critical development periods to achieve “school readiness.” We know what it takes to help kids become unstoppable.
Our program is rooted in several research-based approaches to learning in early childhood. We draw from both the Creative Curriculum and the Project Approach to inform our planning and assessment. We utilize the CLASS System as a framework for our Teacher Coaching Program. Our goal is for teachers and children to develop warm and supportive relationships that foster a love of learning while also encouraging independence.
Each day children take part in carefully planned experiences that promote their interest and growth in literacy, art, mathematics, science, social studies, music and movement. These experiences engage children in creative thinking and socialization, while imparting the important “school readiness” skills they will need to succeed in Kindergarten.
At SouthSide, the curriculum is individualized to meet the needs of each child, no matter where they are when they start out with us. Learning goals, for both the whole group and for individuals, are embedded in the classroom activities. SouthSide is an inclusive center and we are able to provide services to meet the needs of every child, including those with disabilities. Through on-site partnerships with Therapy Relief, First Steps, and St. Louis Public Schools, children who need services receive therapy in the classroom and, if needed, intensive individual therapy.
To ensure that we are meeting the needs of our children and preparing them for academic and social success, teachers assess individual and classroom growth frequently throughout the year. SouthSide’s teachers and support specialists meet regularly to assess children’s progress towards goals and adjust strategies accordingly.
Stable families are essential to healthy early childhood development. At SouthSide, families—however they are defined for our children—are our partners in their children’s education, social development, and growth.
When a child enrolls at SouthSide, our Family Partnership staff is available to work with the adults in the family to establish their own goals, whether it be to get a better job, continue education, save money for a home, or learn a new skill. SouthSide works to remove barriers, such as language and cost, and offers an extensive network of community partners to ensure that families can connect to the resources they need. Families also work with staff to create agendas for monthly family meetings and organize support groups. All family meetings are conducted in English and Spanish.
We strongly encourage family participation in SouthSide activities, classroom volunteering, special events and field trips. Family members are welcome to visit the center at any time. Along with coaching, classes and case management, families also have at least two home visits and two conferences each year. Several special events organized by staff and families bring the entire center together. Our Celebration of Cultures and Thanksgiving Dinner are popular highlights of the year.
Year-round except major holidays
Two Year Olds: $289/week
Please call us at 314-865-0322 to inquire about our free Head Start and Early Head Start availability.
We currently have a waitlist and do not anticipate any openings for the 2018/2019 school year, but please feel free to still visit our facilities by scheduling a tour.
SouthSide conducts tours of our facility twice a month. Infant/Toddler/Twos tours are on the first Wednesday of each month at 9am. Preschool tours are on the second Thursday at 9am. Please call us at 314-865-0322 to schedule a tour.
A Simple Mission
We create unstoppable futures by supporting children and their families through our four pillars—education, health, connection, and advocacy.