Early Childhood Education Center

About our Center

The Early Childhood Education Center is a facility licensed through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for children ages 2 to 5. Our center serves all students, faculty, and staff of the OTC community.

The center is accredited through the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth, and features experienced teachers with professional backgrounds in Early Childhood Education or Child Development. As our center is also a training facility for the college's Early Childhood program, students help maintain a low child to teacher ratio.


The center has four classrooms, each staffed by two full-time teachers. Each classroom at the center provides developmentally appropriate activities that encourage and stimulate the cognitive, creative, emotional, social, and physical development of each child in a safe, secure, and nurturing atmosphere.

The classrooms offer activities such as cooking, music, art, large and small group activities, problem solving, and field trips! Indoor and outdoor experiences enhance large and small muscle development and coordination. Teachers guide children in appropriate social interaction that helps to promote self-confidence in relationships.

Families are encouraged to participate in their child's learning experience by volunteering to participate in classroom activities, classroom visits, parent-teacher meetings, and as representatives on the center's Parent Advisory Board.

Tuition Charges

                                           Full Time Tuition

                               5 days a week   $100.00 per week
                               4 days a week   $80.00 per week
                               3 days a week   $60.00 per week
                               2 days a week   $40.00 per week
                               1 day a week   $20.00

                                           Part Time Tuition

                               Half Days **   $14.00 per day

**half days are 7:30 am to 12:30 pm with lunch or 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm**


Work Study Information

In addition to the full time teachers, each classroom is staffed by part time staff and work study assistants. In partnership with the Early Childhood Education Center, the Early Childhood Development program uses the classrooms to provide an environment that students can use to get hands-on experience. Students in the ECD program can observe and learn while the facility provides child care. 

If you'd like to get involved with the Early Childhood Education Center as a Work Study assistant, check out the Work Study openings, and fill out a Federal Work Study assignment form.

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Early Childhood Education Center

936 N. Hampton Springfield, MO 65802
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. **Note: Daytime child care services are provided according to the college academic calendar, during the fall and spring semesters, when classes are in session. The center is closed during the summer

Phone: 417-447-8130