Affordable, Saint Louis based child care and preschool for children ages 6 weeks through 6 years old.

The City is Our Playground



Shaw Area Children's Center is a licensed non-profit, high quality child care for a diverse group of children ages 6 weeks through 6 years and their families. Our program is based on, and promotes, understanding of child development; commitment to family support; and the practice of conflict resolution learning.

Our urban location, convenient to major hospitals and universities, allows frequent exploration of numerous family attractions. The indoor facility consists of safe, modern and spacious construction with plenty of space for activities beyond the well equipped classrooms. Classes are divided into five age groupings for infants, younger toddlers, older toddlers, younger preschoolers and older preschoolers. Outdoor space includes play structures, sand box space, a children's gardening area, and a separate hard surface area for wheeled riding toys.

What’s not to love? Patient and nurturing teachers, a location that allows bi-weekly exploration of the Missouri Botanical Garden and attendance at the Symphony’s summer outdoor concert series, classrooms of 8-9 preschoolers with 2 teachers, and the mutual respect between the needs of parents, teachers and the children. We love it and recommend it to everyone we know. The “peace table” process is a much preferred solution to conflict resolution rather than “time-outs,” and the children in the center are the best example of a teaching curriculum that inspires learning rather than drills it in. And it’s affordable to boot. I cannot sing high-enough praises.
— Kristin Moomey, OPS Parent