What is UCCC?

University City Children's Center (UCCC) is a nonprofit, United Way agency committed to providing innovative, quality education and a nurturing environment to a racially, culturally, socio-economically, and developmentally diverse population of children between 6 weeks and 6 years of age while providing supportive services to families.

We have been called a child care center, day care, a preschool, an early childhood education center and many other things.  We nurture and care for children as individuals to develop in them compassion, resiliency, and a love of life and learning for the rest of their lives.

What is the program's curriculum, approach and philosophy?

Please click here for more information about the program's curriculum, approach and philosophy.


What is UCCC's relationship with LUME Institute?

More than a partnership, LUME Institute is an LLC of UCCC. LUME Institute evolved from the values, philosophy, and methodologies embodied by UCCC which serves as the founding school and living model for the LUME Institute's Inside-Out Approach. LUME Institute brings the model to other organizations involved in early childhood education through courses, consulting and coaching that develops families, teachers, administrators and programs.

How can I get more involved?

Families can get more involved through their child's classroom, through the Family Organization or in other ways. Please click here for more information about the Family Organization. Please click here for more information about supporting UCCC in other ways.   

What is your address?

University City Children's Center
6646 Vernon Avenue
University City, MO 63130
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Do you have to live in U-City to attend UCCC?

Not at all.  As a matter of fact, UCCC currently serves children from 30+ zip codes.

What hours are you open?

We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. year-round.  We close for the following days each school year:

  • Fall Professional Day (Friday before Labor Day)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Spring Professional Day (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
Our current calendar lists all holidays and days we are closed. 

What is the tuition and how can I pay my tuition?

Full weekly tuition rates are below.  We offer scholarship assistance and consider every request individually. 

  • Infant/Toddler: $353.00 
  • Two Year Olds:  $300.00
  • Three to Five Year Olds: $253.00

We accept cash, checks and credit cards for payment.  Tuition is due either weekly on Mondays or the first Monday of each month.

Does UCCC offer a second child discount?

UCCC does not offer a second child discount. Limited tuition assistance is available so that quality care is affordable for all children.

Does the family have to pay when a child is sick?

Yes. Because we must staff our classrooms for full enrollment, we are unable to offer a credit when a child is absent. 

What do you do when a family takes vacation or is away on extended leave?

The family is still responsible for tuition payments even though the child is not at UCCC. Our teachers support the child and family through the change in routine that results from a vacation or leave.

What is UCCC’s inclement weather policy and how is it handled?

In the case of inclement weather, UCCC will post the school closure on all major broadcast and radio stations. The families will receive an automatic phone message announcing UCCC’s school closure.

 How do we enroll?

The first step is to join us for a tour, offered every Monday at 4:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m. If you are not able to attend either of these times, we are happy to set up an individual tour by appointment.

At the end of the tour you will receive an enrollment application. With a few exceptions, there is a $35 application fee per family. Availability in our classrooms determines when you will be able to enroll. When you receive notification of your enrollment date, we will schedule a visit date and time for you and your child.

 When can my child start?

We hope to have you start at a date convenient to your needs.  However, setting an exact start date depends on many factors.  Please be sure to talk with our Center Director, Ovella "Peaches" Lott, to determine when your family would be able to start. Availability in our classrooms determines when you will be able to enroll. When you receive notification of your enrollment date, we will schedule a visit date and time for you and your child.