Kirkwood Early Childhood Center (KECC) is a licensed and fully accredited early
education center serving children and families prenatal until the start of kindergarten.
KECC is open year round, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Originally opened in 1991 with 70 children, we were housed in the former Hough
Elementary School. In 2002, KECC moved into a new, larger and improved facility
next door to Hough.
KECC provides several options and a variety of programs for early childhood
education. These programs include a full-day preschool program, half-day preschool,
Parents as Teachers, and Early Childhood Special Education programs. In addition, a
Summer Adventure program is available for children who have completed kindergarten
through 5th grade. KECC offers Adventure Club before- and after-school programs
at all five Kirkwood elementary school locations.
The curriculum in KECC classrooms is developed to allow each child and family to
become personally involved in the adventure of learning. This includes cognitive
development in math, science, pre-reading, art, and social studies; social/emotional
development; language development; music and movement; field sports, water play,
and gross motor/gym activities. Educational assessments and developmental
checklists are administered every fall and spring based on observations of
developmental milestones. Services for students with developmental disabilities or
delays are readily available and provided by an outstanding staff of special educators
located within the building. This staff also provides outreach services to our
KECC has received recognition for being a “Positive Behavior Support” awardwinning
school. KECC also offers, on a limited basis, a sliding fee scale for reduced
tuition. There typically is a long waiting list, so it is recommended to fill out a wait list
form online at www.kirkwoodschools.org well in advance to reserve a spot on the list.
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