Early Childhood

Welcome to LCFC


Lemay Child & Family Center (LCFC) provides access to high quality early education and support for families in a diverse, nurturing environment, regardless of a family’s financial situation or a child’s development level. LCFC partners with families to strengthen and promote children’s healthy physical, cognitive and social emotional development.

Core Values

Program Effectiveness
Lemay Child & Family Center will measure and monitor our work to ensure we offer effective programs that meet the individual needs of children and families.
Positive Working Environment
Lemay Child & Family Center will provide a positive environment so that we can attract and retain the highest quality professionals.

Community Commitment
Lemay Child & Family Center will develop and sustain programs to meet documented needs in collaboration with other service providers in the community.

Financial Viability
Lemay Child & Family Center will monitor and address key business indicators to support both mission and financial sustainability.

2016 Stand Up for Kids Video

Check out our 2016 Stand Up for Kids Video to see the positive impact Lemay Child and Family Center has had on the lives of our parents and families. LCFC is the foundation for a lifetime of friendship, knowledge, and success. Watch this video to see for yourselves!


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.

n 2008, we brought affordable infant-toddler care into the community when we opened our new wing. Today, the Center is licensed for 121 children ages six weeks through 12 years. Our commitment to serving our community and to strengthening families continues to guide our work.