The Children’s School at Stephens College is a laboratory preschool and elementary school located in Columbia, Missouri since 1925.

Children's education should not be one size fits all. We believe your child should have the space to learn in an environment that encourages them to learn, dream, and do.


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The Power of a Laboratory School 

  • At the Children's School, your child learns what they are ready to learn when they are ready to learn it. As a lab school, children work alongside college students and master teachers to cultivate a thriving community of learning.
  • We nurture your child's natural interests and curiosity.
  • Elementary-age children participate in our multi-age program, where they work, wonder and play with students from ages 5 to 11. Students are grouped by ability and interest rather than age. Learn more: Why multi-age?


Half-day and full-day Preschool Program for ages 3-5

K-5 Elementary School (students are grouped by ability rather than age)

Before- and after-school care options are available for students enrolled in the Children's School.




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About Us

Founded in 1925, we believe children should be active learners who have a variety of opportunities to test ideas in real-world situations.

Our arts-infused curriculum and classroom activities are designed to promote independence, problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking.

We go beyond helping children recall information; we challenge them to actively use what they've learned in the classroom to ensure they understand what they’ve learned and why it’s important.


What makes CSSC different?

  • We provide our community with a progressive alternative learning option. Come See for Yourself
  • We are small and group children by ability instead of age, promoting your child's natural interests. 

  • We are an art and science integrated school, where children are presented with opportunities to explore and learn through hands-on approaches. Life at The Children's School

  • Children learn from each other, student teachers, and certified master teachers. Meet our Staff

Plenty of schools can say they have low teacher-student ratios and things like that, but what makes CSSC so different is the overall attitude of allowing kids to be their unique selves."

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The Children's School at Stephens College

Danyelle Doak,
Administrative Assistant
(573) 876-7260 [email protected] 1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215


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