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  Mission Statement  


The Mission of the Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center is to provide a diverse and developmentally appropriate program that encourages children to grow and learn social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills within a safe, nuturing, and stimulating environment.


The Vision of the Michelle ObamaEarly Childhood  Academic Center is to:

  • Foster Connections
  • Inspire Curiosity
  • Develop Life-long Learners by supporting Families, Children and the Community


We believe in:

  •  Supporting parents as their children’s first and most influential teachers.
  •  Encouraging all children to understand their surroundings by watching, exploring, problem-solving and making choices.
  •  Helping children acquire and use language to communicate information, thoughts and feelings.
  •  Engaging children in active learning experiences through purposeful and productive play.
  •  Meeting children’s social, emotional, and intellectual needs so they become enthusiastic, lifelong learners.
  •  Offering children a multi-age setting that encourages cooperation and builds on prior experiences and knowledge.
  •   Understanding and appreciating the traditions of various cultures as essential components in developing partnerships with families.

  About The School  



The Early Childhood Academic Center (opened its doors at 420 Chambers in February 1998, followed by the second Center at 355 Shepley in September 1999.  The Center began with three children at the Chambers location and has grown to 12 classrooms. In July 2001 all early childhood programming was moved to the Shepley location.  In July 2005 all early childhood classrooms were moved to Danforth Elementary which became a Pre-K through 2nd grade building.  Grades 3 through 6 were relocated to the newly acquired Danforth Academy. In 2011 the building became Danforth Early Childhood Education Center and serves children infant through kindergarten.. The Center is licensed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  A copy of the Licensing Rules for Child Day Care Centers in Missouri is available at the Early Childhood Education Center for review. Copies of the staff’s Child Care Registry forms are also available upon request.

The Early Childhood Academic Center became accredited by Missouri Accreditation of Childhood Care and Education Programs in May of 2003.  Missouri Accreditation is a voluntary program that took three years to complete. Only centers that meet the highest standards qualify for accreditation.  Children enrolled in centers like the Early Childhood Education Center accredited by Missouri Accreditation can be assured the best possible environment in which they can flourish intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center is operated under the auspices of the Riverview Gardens School District and Special Administrative Board. Preschool classes are for children ages 3 (by July 31), 4, and 5-years-old not currently eligible for kindergarten.  Children must be toilet trained. All children are accepted on a one month trial period.

Michelle Obama Early Childhood Academic Center also offers preschool classes for children with special needs.  These classes are available to qualified students and are staffed by teachers from Special School District of St. Louis County. The children in these classes do not need to be toilet trained.  Children with special needs may also be served itinerantly in the full day classrooms.

 The Riverview Gardens School District is committed to early childhood education and continues to support the Center every way it can.