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Our Child Care Programs

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

At a Glance


Facilities:  We have three buildings on campus. Two of those buildings house infants and toddlers and the third building houses our Preschoolers. 

Accreditation: MLJCLC is the only not for profit agency that is accredited in  Columbia, Missouri. Though accreditation is an involved and time-consuming process, we believe it offers important assurance to parents who are making of of the most important decisions in their children's lives. Accreditation is a mark of quality and helps parents find the best possible early childhood experience. Programs that are accredited provide a safe and healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound. To maintain their accreditation, centers must voluntarily improve their offerings and adhere to high standards.


All classrooms at MLJCLC use the High Scope curriculum model ( which is a nationally recognized curriculum model supported by Positive Behavioral Support techniques.  MLJCLC utilizes the High Scope Approach to curriculum where the components of active participation learning, adult-child interactions, creating a learning environment, following daily routines, and ongoing assessment are combined to create an atmosphere of learning. Positive Behavioral Support assists children in developing social skills and gaining personal self-regulation skills that prepare them for success in school and beyond.

MLJCLC is the first childcare center in central Missouri to qualify as an Advanced Level Eat Smart Program under the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Program.  The Advanced Level designation is only awarded to child care centers that go above and beyond in providing nutritious meals and a healthy environment for the children in their care. 

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