Little Crusaders Mission and Philosophy


Our mission is to begin building Gospel values while guiding children to reach their highest developmental, social and academic potential.  The Little Crusaders Early Childhood Program will create and maintain a hands-on, child-centered early educational program while empowering families to participate in and enhance their children’s development.  Our caring and nurturing environment will foster growth in language development, problem solving, as well as gross and fine motor skills, which will provide the building blocks for success in future learning.


We believe that children excel when they feel loved, wanted and secure.  Therefore, the Little Crusaders Early Childhood Program provides a warm, loving, comfortable and safe environment for optimal growth and development.  Each classroom establishes routines that are predictable and consistent.  All children are treated with tenderness, honesty and respect, and we encourage them to treat others in this manner.

We are committed to enhancing children’s education and believe teachers are important role models.  Therefore, we use modeling as a vibrant tool in our classrooms.  We utilize constructive guidance and positive reinforcement to maintain a Christian atmosphere where children feel comfortable and confident.  To foster their growth and enrich their peers, children are encouraged to take ownership in shaping our classroom dynamics by openly sharing their work, ideas and personalities.  Our curriculum engages students in active and creative exploration and identifies goals in social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

The St. Louis King of France Little Crusaders Early Childhood Program advocates open communication with parents, for they ultimately play the most vital role in their child’s continued development.  As much as we love to care for, nurture and guide children, we believe that parents should also be encouraged to be active participants in their children’s education and growth.  Parents, teachers and administrators share a common priority – to provide the best they possibly can for every child.  Working together as a team, we will provide a strong foundation for our Little Crusaders to continue their academic, social, emotional and physical successes.