In the early 1970’s St. Louis County developed a comprehensive plan for the Lemay community in South St. Louis County. That plan identified a need for affordable childcare services, and in response, a group of concerned citizens founded “Lemay Day Care Center” in 1975.
We started caring for children in 1976, using space provided by First Baptist Church of Lemay. In 1980, the center moved to our current location at 9828 South Broadway. During the 1980’s the Center expanded and added programs for school-age children. Additional expansion in the 1990’s allowed us to add two-year-old care and to start offering more programs for families.
By 2000, the Center provided care for 99 children ages two through 12, as well as a federally funded Even Start Family Literacy program to help parents who did not have a high school diploma. We added Parents as Teachers curriculum to our services and hired our first social worker. In 2004 we achieved national accreditation through NAEYC for the first time.
In 2008, we brought affordable infant-toddler care into the community when we opened our new wing. And in 2009, our national accreditation was renewed through 2014. Today, the Center is licensed for 121 children ages six weeks through 12 years. In 2011, 20 of our preschool spaces were designated to serve children who qualify for federal Head Start services. Our commitment to serving our community and to strengthening families continues to guide our work.