Welcome to John Cary Early Childhood Center
Posted on 10/01/2019

On behalf of the students, parents, faculty and staff, allow me to welcome you to Mehlville Early Childhood at the John Cary Early Childhood Center!  I am delighted to be the Director of such an outstanding program.  Our Early Childhood (EC) program is located in seven locations in the Mehlville School District: The John Cary EC center, and EC classrooms at Beasley, Bierbaum, Forder, Hagemann, Point, and Trautwein Elementary Schools.

In Mehlville Early Childhood, your child will discover new friends and learn new skills through a safe, inclusive environment that nurtures the whole child.  Our teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and support staff are highly qualified in their area of expertise.

Just a few of our program highlights include:

  • Inclusion preschool program made up of children with disabilities and children without disabilities
  • Missouri School Board Association Future Builders’ Early Childhood Program of the Year Award - 1st place in the large school district category; 2nd place in years 2014 & 2016
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Gold Level Recipient - tenth  year in a row  
  • 2016 National School of Character and 2016 Missouri State School of Character
  • Classroom technology such as interactive SMART Boards and iPads
  • Program Wide “Take Care Code:” Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of Your School, Take Care of Your World
  • Integrated curriculum aligned to the Missouri Early Learning Standards utilizing a constructivist approach
  • Many opportunities to be involved!

These are just a few of several reasons why Mehlville Early Childhood is a wonderful place for your child to develop and grow.  We always welcome your thoughts and ideas!  I am looking forward to working with all of you and forming a strong partnership between home and school.


Ms. Ann

Dr. Ann Westbrook

Director of Mehlville Early Childhood


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