Welcome to the Little School

The Ascension Early Childhood Center, also known as The Little School, is sponsored by the Ascension Catholic Church. The Little School serves 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old children and their families, offering high-quality early education in a Catholic environment.

From the Director...

Thank you for your interest in the Ascension Early Childhood Center. We are especially excited to celebrate our 26th year of Catholic early childhood education with the 2020-2021 school year. The Little School recognizes each individual child as a special, unique gift of God. We acknowledge that every child grows and develops in his or her own time and own way, and the foundation for lifelong learning is formulated in early childhood.

“The Little School” is dedicated in assisting each child develop a positive self-concept by integrating Catholic-Christian virtues into all individual and group activities. We support and nurture the gift of Faith begun in the home (the domestic church). Daily visits to the Little Church allow each child an opportunity to experience the love of God and the world around him or her through this Faith orientation.

Research proves the young child constructs his/her knowledge through hands-on, experienced-based, activities which promote very significant intellectual capabilities. Through a loving, safe environment, each child is provided with age-related, developmentally appropriate practical experiences. This “Experienced-Based Approach” to education assists in the development of emotions and enhances the child’s social skills as well as cognitive skills needed for math, science, and language. Each child is given the opportunity to discover, invent, brainstorm, collaborate, experiment, and be challenged so that each may grow and learn to his or her fullest potential. Through these daily experiences the child can develop the skills needed in life now and in the future.

We welcome you and your families to come visit us!

Erica Argue

Classes and Programs

Morning Classes

These are the core classes for 2-5 year olds

Afternoon Classes

Offered Monday thru Friday (3 – 5 Year Olds) 11:45 am – 2:30 pm (2:55 dismissal available for Little Schoolers with Ascension K-8 siblings).

Breakfast Bunch

Offered Monday thru Friday 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch offered Monday thru Thursday 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

What are Parents Saying?

Thank you for all you do! I have 5 children. My oldest never had the opportunity to attend preschool. My #2 child attended a public preschool. #3 and #4 children attended private preschools that were strictly "Project Construct" or "Waldorf" type instruction. My youngest child attended The Little School where he learned how to communicate unlike my other 4 children did at his age. None of my other children experienced the kind of hands-on, exciting instruction - with such a focus on "real-world" skills and social skills needed for kindergarten readiness. . The Little School teaches more than just learning to color in the lines, count properly or share toys. It prepares children for kindergarten and beyond.

Satisfied Parent

I wanted to take a moment to thank you. As you might remember, we had my son do another year of preschool for a variety of reasons including his early summer b-day. We recently had him complete a Kindergarten Screening at Christ Prince of Peace School. Their Kindergarten teacher did his screening last year and again, most recently, so she was easily able to compare his testing from last year to now. When I met with her after the screening, she exclaimed, “Is it possible for a child to have improved 180 percent?” She explained to me how much better he did this year and how very well prepared he is to start his next chapter of school.
I just wanted to express our gratitude to you for all of your guidance and hard work preparing my son for Kindergarten. You have created an environment for our child to learn and flourish and for that, we will forever be indebted to you. Thank you for all the special work you do with our little ones.

Parent of Little School Graduate

Late last week I had a precious experience that made my day. I was in the Little Church and a class of 3 year olds from the Little School came in. They were the sweetest most well behaved group and I was so impressed with their teachers! Hearing the children say their prayers was a beautiful gift and I could not stop smiling! It was so special when the teacher quietly asked them how their hearts felt when they talked to God. As they were leaving I told the teacher what a wonderful thing I had just witnessed and she thanked me for telling her that. All of those children are blessed to be in the care of The Little School Team! I can’t wait for my own granddaughter to go there someday when she is old enough! Thank you for overseeing such a wonderful preschool for our Parish and thank you to the teachers as well!


I was cleaning a closet this week and came across this precious keepsake my daughter brought home from the Little School as a Mother's Day gift 19 years ago! This is yet another reason I am so thankful my 2 children went there! Even after 19 years The Little School brings a smile to my face and warms my heart! (And when I read the keepsake it brought tears to my eyes too! ) Thank you for your dedication and ALL that you do to positively impact the countless children who have attended the Little School!

Former Little School Parent


238 Santa Maria Drive

Chesterfield, MO 63005