Friday, July 6, 2018

We still have a few openings for 2018-2019

Sprout Academy Pre-School LLC

  600 Silvey St.
Columbia, MO 65203
Conveniently located at Compass Church

  To make an appointment to visit Sprout and discuss our program please email
or call
Please include your child's name, age and which class you are interested in.

Educational Philosophy

Educational Philosophy
We believe that each child is special and unique. Early childhood development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, and health. We believe development is interrelated and therefore our preschool program philosophy espouses that children have a natural curiosity that is nurtured though an integrated, authentic, play-based approach. We believe that development advances when children have opportunities to practice new skills as well as when they experience a challenge just beyond their present level of mastery. Children develop at different rates, learn in different ways, and express their knowledge in different ways. They learn best in an environment where they feel safe, valued and loved.

Sprout students will be immersed in an enriching environment with materials that offer opportunity for exploration and discovery and our curriculum will be a responsive one that follows a developmental continuum ensuring each child is ready for kindergarten. This curriculum includes exploration of science, mathematics, social studies, literacy, drama, music, creative movement, visual arts and the Bible.

We teach the Bible and biblical concepts (II Timothy 3:15), striving to integrate the love of God (John 3:16) throughout the program. Children are taught that they are special and unique, made by God (Colossians 1:16) for a special purpose, and that God desires to have fellowship with them personally through prayer and learning about his word. Our teachers teach daily about Jesus’s love for each individual child and teach prayers as part of the daily routine. Teachers have a weekly lesson that they incorporate throughout the week as well as a set aside time each week to focus on the bible lesson each week.

  The classroom teachers adapt and teach lessons directly from a published professional curriculum Bible Adventures for Pre-k published by the Christian Publishing Company Rose Publishing. 

2018-2019 Classes

Seeds 2 and Seeds 3: 
2 and 3 year olds (separate classrooms) 
Designed for the emerging preschooler. These 2 day a week programs are set up to include a rich variety of developmentally appropriate, accessible materials that encourage and promote learning and independence through play and hands-on, guided learning. Teachers have a weekly theme that provides opportunity to learn and explore the world around them through play based learning while enhancing and extending vocabulary as well as auditory listening skills through daily read aloud of repetitive books, poems, and songs encouraging child participation; as well as new experiences each week supporting fine motor experiences and growth, art exploration, and gross motor skill development.  Teacher work daily guiding children to gain more confidence while developing skills to gain more self -independent behaviors.

Sprouts: 3-4 year olds
Designed for the growing preschooler. This classroom is set up to encourage children in their ability to engage in group activities as well as gain social skills that will help nurture all aspects of learning each  with a focus on letter and sound and recognition, name recognition, fine motor and pre-writing skills and development of gross motor skills.

Pre-K ( 3 or 4 days a week)

These classes are for children entering kindergarten the following school year. Each week teachers design the curriculum around a new theme providing fun creative ways to provide continued focus on kindergarten readiness skills, including kindergarten academic skills, listening and following individual and group multi-step directions, social skills, fine and gross motor skills and becoming more independent. A variety of teaching styles will be used including daily  individual instruction as well as large group small group instruction, guided reading and writing instruction, phonics and whole language literacy instruction, literacy and math centers using manipulatives and games.  Choice centers, gross motor including inside and or outside play, bible lessons, and music are also incorporated into the daily schedule. 

Hours for all Classes
  8:30 AM to 11:30 AM without Lunch Bunch
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM with Lunch Bunch 


 Susan Ashton 

  • Holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri. 
  • Taught Kindergarten for three years in Hannibal, MO  at Central Elementary
  • Co-owned/taught at Stepping Stones Preschool for two years in Columbia, MO
  • 4 years teaching ABC Kids Preschool 
  • 4 years teaching at Sprout Academy Preschool 
  • Owner/Director Sprout Academy Preschool 2012-present
  • Currently resides in Columbia with husband, Scott, and five of their six children. 

    2018-2019 Sprout Teachers
Our Teachers and their philosophies are important to Sprout Academy and you can feel confident your child will be taught in a loving Christian classroom by educated teachers with years of experience in Early Childhood Education.

2018-2019 Tuition

Seed 2’s:  $200/month

Seed 3’s:  $200/month

Sprout 3-4:  $250/month

Pre-K 3 Day:  $250/month

Pre-K 4 Day:  $350/month

Siblings receive a 10% discount on the lesser tuition

 of the second child

Lunch Bunch: 

Lunch Bunch is optional and is offered for ALL CLASSES, for an

additional charge, from 11:30-12:30 every day of the week. Please

send a lunch from home that does not require refrigeration.  Your

child will gain experience eating in a group setting and learn

to balance talking with friends while finishing their lunch. 

Children love this program!

Lunch Bunch Options and Cost: 

1 Day/Week add $25/Month

2 Days/Week add $40/Month

3 Days/Week add $50/Month

4 Days/Week add $60/Month

Commitment for Lunch Bunch is at the beginning of each semester.

Enrollment Fee 2018-2019

New Students

$200 non-refundable
*$50 of this may be applied to your child's first month's tuition

Returning Students

$100 non-refundable

*Sibling enrollment fee is 50% of the first child's rate, however, it will not apply to tuition.
Siblings attending for the first year are considered "New Students."


10% tuition discount on the lesser tuition for each additional child from the same family

Enrollment Forms

Please click on this link
 Enrollment Agreement 2018-2019
to print our current enrollment agreement and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form to request your child's enrollment in
 Sprout Academy Pre-School.

Contact Information


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