Inspiration behind DCC

Downtown Children’s Center (DCC) was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 1978, dedicated to serving the early childhood needs of parents that live and/or work in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.


Our school is a non-sectarian childcare center believed to be among the first in the nation to represent an alliance of businesses, childcare professionals and working parents in a unique cooperative effort to provide quality care near the workplace.


Our school has enjoyed much publicity locally, nationally & internationally for its innovative approach to the provision of childcare services.

Board Members

Executive Board 

Charles Gascon - President 

Justin Struttman - Vice President

Patrick Peterson - Treasurer  

Unitey Kull- Secretary

Jackie RitchiePast President


Diane Dymond

Katie Eigel

Amy Gascon   

Herb Giorgio

Jill Giorgio

Emily Koening

Elisabeth Koral

Emily Lohse-Busch

Laura Peterson

Nikki Rivers

Shaun Swearengen

Shona Lamond

Executive Director






History of (DCC )
Downtown Children's Center
to Children

A quality curriculum with daily skill development activities and individualized attention that provides each child opportunities for success.


A state-of-the-art facility, conveniently located in downtown St. Louis with ample parking.


Small group sizes with separate classrooms for each age range / developmental level, as well as preparation for kindergarten readiness standards.


Caring teachers and staff with advanced early childhood credentials, who are committed fully to providing an outstanding academic education.


A nutritious program utilizing quality ingredients, age appropriate portions and fresh produce.


DCC is proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Our Mission

To provide excellent child care and effective, inspiring educational programs tailored to meet the needs of diverse children and their families in a nurturing and secure environment convenient to the workplace.