Caring professionals are at the heart of all that we do at Childgarden. Classrooms are staffed with teams of teachers who have education and/or experience specific to working with young children. These teaching teams work together to plan and implement programs that meet children’s needs. The center supports and provides funding for on-going professional development to assure that teachers have the most up-to-date information in the field.

Specialists from the center’s Early Intervention Program (occupational, physical, speech/language, and developmental therapists) work with children in classrooms and support classroom teachers making sure that all children actively participate in classroom activities. Therapy services are also provided to children in their homes or other natural environments in the community.

Practicum students from area colleges and universities, community volunteers, and Foster Grandparents complement regular teaching staff and provide extra hands (and laps!) to make sure children get the attention they need. Volunteers serve as a support to classroom staff and do not supervise classrooms alone. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the St. Louis Arc’s Volunteer Coordinator.

In the absence of our regular staff, substitute classroom staff, program administrators, or other program personnel may assist in classrooms. All substitute staff meet licensing requirements and are experienced in their area of responsibility.


All employees and volunteers are screened through Division of Family Service Child Abuse and Neglect Screening, police record checks, medical reports, and reference checks. These reports are accessible for parents to review at your request.