Kirkwood Children's House, founded by Florence Kramer in 1985, is a Montessori preschool dedicated to the care and education of children ages 18 months to six years old. By nurturing and respecting children's natural curiosity to explore the world around them, we help them reach their full potential and develop a life-long love of learning.

Where children learn
Nestled in a park-like setting in the heart of Kirkwood, our school is a unique community where children are free to be themselves. At Kirkwood Children’s House, your child will explore knowledge in a prepared environment with stimulating materials and guidance from our certified Montessori teachers.

Where children grow
We inspire and challenge children to reach their own full potential. Our “prepared” environment guides the development of skills in the areas of practical life, sensorial, science, language, math and the arts. The age range in the Montessori classroom encourages younger children to learn from older ones. Meanwhile, older children reinforce skills and knowledge, and grow confident with the satisfaction that comes from helping others.

Where children belong
Kirkwood Children’s House is a community designed for children, a nurturing place to make friends and learn cooperation. In this positive, multi-cultural environment, children learn to accept individual differences and develop a sense of interdependence.

The teachers of Kirkwood Children’s House develop positive, long-lasting relationships with the children through mutual trust and respect. Sensitive to the social and emotional needs of children, our teachers create an environment where your child is always supported.

Where children are free to be themselves
Independence is a cornerstone of the Montessori philosophy. Kirkwood Children’s House is a calm, ordered place where your child is free to develop at a natural pace, according to his or her own capabilities. Our teachers guide the child’s natural curiosity and love for knowledge, building confidence and self-esteem.

Encouraged to make decisions and exchange ideas at such an early age, Montessori children typically develop exceptional problem-solving and communication skills, vital to success later in life.

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Kirkwood Children's House | A Montessori Preschool since 1985 | 11232 Big Bend Road St. Louis, MO 63122