Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my child have to be to start at AECC?
3 years of age by the 1st day of school. Those turning 3 after the start of school may contact AECC one month prior to the child’s 3rd birthday. Enrollment will be based on availability. Your child can be placed on a waiting list at this time if the 3-year-old program is full.

Is there a cost?
Please see the Schedule Form in the Enrollment Information for pricing.

Do you offer any assistance or do you have a sliding fee?
We have a few Scholarships for our Half-Day program only. You must be a resident of Affton, actively involved in the Parents As Teachers program, complete a Scholarship application, and submit additional requested paperwork. Scholarships are reviewed by a panel of staff and selected based on those with the greatest need.

Do you accept Child Care Assist?
Yes – for residents of Affton only.

Is there bus transportation?

Does my child have to be potty-trained?
No, you will need to discuss this with your child’s teacher so she knows where your child is in the process.

What hours are the school day?
Full-Day: 8:30am – 3:15pm. Available for all age groups. You can choose 2, 3, or 5 days per week.

Half-Day/Morning: 8:30am-11:30am. Available for 3-year-olds and younger 4-year-olds. You can choose between 2 or 4 days per week.

Half-Day/Afternoon: 12:15pm-3:15pm. Available for children who will be attending kindergarten the following year. (Children must be 5 years of age by midnight on July 31st in order to attend Kindergarten). You can choose from 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week.

Do you offer care before and after the school day?
We offer Before Care for our Morning and Full-Day students. Before Care opens at 6:30 am. After Care is offered for our Afternoon and Full-Day students. After Care closes at 6:00 pm. There is an additional cost for Before and After Care. Refer to the Schedule Form in the Enrollment Information for pricing.

Do I have to be a resident of Affton?
No. Enrollment is open to the Affton Community as of March 1st and open to residents out-of- district as of May 1st (as long as space is still available). The cost for non-residents is slightly higher. Please refer to the Schedule Form in the ‘Registration’ section for pricing.

Is there care offered when school is not in session?

We offer ‘Special Day’ Care when there is no school with the exception of: Legal holidays, the break between the last day of school and the 1st day of the summer program, and the break between the last day of the summer program and the start of school and snow days. Enrollment for Care on Special Days is required in advance and is subject to enrollment numbers. There is an additional cost of $30 for care on these Special Days.

Are meals provided?
Before Care: Breakfast is provided as long as the child is here by 8:00 am.

Half- Day Program: Snack is provided.

Full-Day Program: Snack and lunch are provided.

After Care: Snack is provided.

How do payments for tuition work?
Tuition is based on a yearly amount with holidays and breaks already taken out then broken down into 9 equal payments (September through May) and 1 half payment (August).

Tuition is due on the 15th of the previous month. Example: September’s tuition is due on August 15th. You may pay via cash, check, debit or credit card, or via your bank’s internet bill pay. Please refer to the ‘Registration Agreement’ of the Registration forms for more details.

What type of Curriculum do you use?
We have a Project Construct philosophy. We are currently in the process of writing curriculum. Curriculum and instruction are guided by the Missouri Early Learning Standards. Classroom instruction involves social/emotional development, language and literacy, math, science, and physical development.

Can we come in for a tour?
Please call the office at (314) 633-5988 to schedule a tour.

Is there a discount for more than 1 child enrolled at AECC?
There is a 15% discount for the 2nd child enrolled. This 15% discount also applies to children enrolled in our Before and After Care program as long as both siblings are at the AECC building. This discount does not apply to families that have 1 child at AECC and another child enrolled in Cougar Care at Mesnier Primary.

Do you offer a Summer program?
We do offer a Summer program. Each session is 2 weeks long and meets Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 1:00pm daily. Before and After Care are available. Registration begins in April. Please watch our website for dates and pricing or you can call the AECC office in April at (314) 633-5988.

Are your teachers certified?
All classroom teachers are certified. Every classroom has a teacher and a teacher assistant. The class sizes range from 12 to 18 depending on the age and structure of the classroom.
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