Ambrose Family Center Overview
The Walter Ambrose Family Center is the home of the district's preschool, parenting support (FaCE), and before and after school care (Adventure Club) programs. Formerly known as Bristol Primary and ECEC, the building’s name was changed in 2011 in honor of Mr. Walter Ambrose, a member and president of the Board of Education, a leader in the African-American community and an early supporter of programs for young children and their families.
The preschool at Ambrose is a nationally accredited, state licensed, and an award-winning place of joy-filled learning for children ages 2 – 5. Project Construct is the state-approved curricular framework used, while the philosophy and principles of the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy inspires the work children and staff engage in daily. We are committed to children leading both the design of their learning and the spaces of which they will transform through their collective, socially-constructed learning. We are serious about all things “academic” but how children come to understand numeracy, literacy, civic studies, fine and gross motor skills, and social-emotional executive skills is ALL about PLAY. Their creativity, curiosity and competency becomes apparent as they lead their own learning with outstanding teachers close by as facilitators and friends. Play is at the heart of Ambrose and learning is the outcome. Through our partnership with Special School District we meet the needs of children with special educational rights while keeping relationships, play, and joy at the heart of the learning.
The preschool is tuition-based, however families may qualify for financial support through a partnership with Head Start or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – just ask for more information. The AFC programs strive to create welcoming and inclusive opportunities for all family regardless of ethnicity, race, education, nationality, family structure, abilities or income.
What's Going On
Schools (including Ambrose Family Center and the Adventure Club) are closed through Wednesday, April 22 to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.
We will not be accepting tuition or donations at this time, thank you families for your offers!
The Adventure Club application for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! When submitting your application, please do not submit the application fee.
For the 2020/2021 school year, Full Day and Toddler families may still drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM, provided their child(ren) is/are not here for more than 10 hours each day. Half Day morning hours will change to 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM, Half Day afternoon hours will not change.
222 W. Cedar Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Main Office Hours: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
2019/2020 School Year Classroom Hours
Full Day: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM; extended hours for drop-off between 7:00 - 8:30 AM and pick-up between 3:30 - 6:00 PM
Half-Day AM: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Half-Day PM: 12:15 AM - 3:15 PM
2020/2021 School Year Classroom Hours
Full Day: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM; extended hours for drop-off between 7:00 - 8:15 AM and pick-up between 3:15 - 6:00 PM
Half-Day AM: 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Half-Day PM: 12:15 AM - 3:15 PM
PTO Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Conference Room.
2019/2020 PTO meetings: Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12