• 417.866.0980
  •  500 South Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65806


Our philosophy is based on respect for all people, especially the children. We strive to create an environment where we recognize the uniqueness of each individual and value each person's gift to life.

We are committed to providing a quality child development program where the children feel safe and loved. Children learn best and develop their fullest potential through active participation in a wide variety of activities which take place in a safe, secure, nurturing environment. We promote a program to meet the needs of the total child—socially, emotionally, creatively, physically and intellectually. We want to instill in each child, a feeling of competence, autonomy and a positive self-concept.

Allow the children to do as much for themselves as possible. This includes meal time, bathroom, outdoors, free play time and especially art and table activity time. Children develop confidence and independence from feelings of success. They cannot have this success if adults do too much for them. Parents, teachers and staff work together to make child care a positive learning experience for each child.

We are committed to supporting the family unit and recognize the uniqueness of each families' lifestyle and cultural heritage. We strive to support parents and encourage their involvement with open and honest communication.


The primary purpose of the University Child Care Center (UCCC) shall be to operate a state licensed educational child care center and provide quality child care to the children of day students, day faculty and staff of Missouri State University, the host church and the community. The program is planned to meet the needs of the whole child-physically, socially, creatively, emotionally and intellectually.

Secondary goals of the University Child Care Center (UCCC) are:

  1. To allow college students in child development, child psychology, early childhood education, and other related fields to observe and participate in UCCC, and
  2. To allow the host church to extend its ministry to campus members of the University and community.