Early childhood education is a tradition at St. Catherine University. Founded in 1931 by Sister Ann Harvey, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the Center meets a vital need for quality care and education of the young children of St. Catherine University students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community.
Our Center assists children in their physical, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional development that they may become future peaceful leaders in a diverse society. Many second-generation children find their way back to the Center.
The Early Childhood Center offers full and part-time educational services for children ages 33 months to six years. We provide two authentic educational models: a Montessori Children's House and an Early Learning Program.
Our Center offers two distinct approaches to early childhood education and provides opportunities for St. Catherine University students from many academic departments to observe, do fieldwork, and research. Additionally, we have University student staff supporting both programs and giving students work experience in a professional setting.
Fully Licensed and Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The Early Childhood Center is licensed by the State Department of Human Services and meets or exceeds its requirements. We are also in accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) until the year 2019 when we will be up for renewal.
The Early Childhood Center honors, supports and celebrates the diversity of its children, families, and staff. Diversity is interpreted in the broadest sense and includes race, language, faith background, family structure, sexual orientation and economic status.