About Us

Our Mission

At Living Word Early Childhood Center we provide a safe, nurturing, Christian environment where young children learn through teacher planned and guided activities, as well as, structured play.

Living Word Early Childhood Center provides rich and exciting experiences for your child every day. Throughout the school year a variety of learning units are introduced, discussed and reinforced with activities to increase curiosity, interest and understanding.

Here’s a look at some of the units:

  • All About Me & My Family
  • Fall Changes in God’s World
  • Harvest & Thanksgiving
  • Occupation & Transportation
  • Birth of Jesus
  • Life Cycles

We provide hands-on activities for fine motor skill growth, such as cutting with scissors, drawing, painting, play dough and writing stations. Preschool wouldn’t be preschool without art projects with a variety of mediums – paint, dough, nature objects, etc.

Gross motor skills are encouraged through outdoor playground time or indoor playtime.

The whole child is nurtured with music and motion and science experiments to engage exploration and problem-solving.

Our staff of experienced and caring teachers encourage and inspire children’s natural excitement for exploring, discovering and learning. They implement developmentally-appropriate curriculum to enhance social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual growth. We help children see themselves as competent individuals and develop into life-long learners.

Living Word ECC graduates enter kindergarten with the skills and the confidence necessary for success.

We are an outreach ministry of Living Word Church, dedicated to providing social and educational opportunities for children, ages 15 months to 6 years of age.

 

Our Staff

Becky Miller

bmiller@livingwordumc.org – ext. 2860

Director of Early Childhood Center

Becky graduated from Webster University with a degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Special Education. She worked for a non-profit agency in an inclusive 2 year old classroom and then a 3-5 year old classroom while also providing developmental therapy in the community through Missouri’s First Steps program. She also ran a program called Sibshops for the siblings of children with special needs and owned and operated her own childcare business out of her home while her three boys were growing from infants to preschoolers. Two of her three boys attended Living Word Early Childhood Center (LWECC) for preschool and she taught at LWECC in different capacities since 2014. Her passion is working with children and families to help all children learn to grow and play together and be important and valued members of our society. Becky, her husband Jeremiah, and their three boys live in Wildwood.

 

JESSICA SMITHSON

jsmithson@livingwordumc.org – ext. 2861

Early Childhood Center Administrative Assistant

Jessica grew up in Mississippi and Tennessee and moved to the St. Louis area in 1999. Her family joined Living Word in 2000. Her husband, Jeff, works for Sams Club . They have three children: Ryan, Reagan and Reid. Jessica joined the staff of Living Word ECC in July 2006. If she had free time she would enjoy reading and scrapbooking!!

The staff at Living Word Early Childhood Center has over 150 combined years of

educating and nurturing young children.

Just visit our preschool and you will find children emersed in child-centered activities

planned by engaging, energetic teachers.