From the moment your children join our Step Ahead family, they take their first giant step on a journey to reach their highest potential with a sense of self-esteem and love of learning that they will carry with them into Kindergarten and beyond.  But don’t take our word for it.  Talk to our parents, meet our exceptional staff, but most importantly, judge for yourself when you enter our doors for your very first interview.  The warmth, love and excitement are palpable throughout the center.  Look, listen and feel the difference!



·        We are a smaller, family-owned center and so are able to establish close one-on-one relationships with each family.  The feeling of “family” is a big part of who we are.

·        We have over 25 years of experience providing quality care in our community and an excellent reputation that backs this experience.

·        Our new facility – only eight years old – is filled with bright, cheerful, inviting spaces.  We are just five minutes from I-44 and, yes, we are well worth the drive!

·        A center is only as good as its teachers and, collectively, ours are some of the most nurturing, enthusiastic and dedicated in the field. 

·        Our staff-to-child ratio is one of the best you will find, allowing each child to receive the individual attention he or she deserves.

·        Our unique Kindergarten Prep Program combines “HighScope”, “Emerging Language and Literacy”, and our very own exclusive preschool curriculum.  It utilizes aspects of all of these to provide a rich learning environment – the best of everything a curriculum has to offer.

·        We are very proud that so many of our students have tested well above average and have been accepted into the area's gifted and selective schools.

·        We take your child's physical and emotional health very seriously. Lots of nurturing, praise and delicious hot meals designed to meet their nutritional needs. Check out our menu on our "News Page".

·        While our rates are competitive, our quality and commitment far surpasses the norm.




We currently have limited openings for 2-3 years olds.  There are four spots available effective immediately.  We will fill these spots on a "first come" basis.  Tours are now being scheduled.






A third of our facility is dedicated to our infant/toddler program.  We are now better able to accommodate the ever-increasing demand for exceptional infant care in the St. Louis area.  The rooms are cheerful and inviting, with soothing areas for our newborns to nap when not busy with feedings, rocking and "tummy time".  There are an abundance of safe manipulatives and sensory experiences for little eyes and hands to explore.  Our HighScope Infant Curriculum together with "Baby Signs" keeps them developmentally on track and allows them to communicate their needs long before their verbal language skills develop.  You will love "talking" to your baby!

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Step Ahead Child Care Academy, Inc.
4501 Hampton Avenue

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