About The ECC

History of Our Early Childhood Center

Our Early Childcare Center is the only church sponsored NAEYC accredited childcare center in the city!

We accept children from 6 weeks through Pre-K. We also offer after-school care through age fourteen.

Our entire staff holds certifications and many have been with the center for over 10 years. We offer flexible care schedules. Care is provided by contract based on requested number of days and hours. Contracts are written for the academic school year. Contracts are also available for the summer program (for the months June, July and August).

For the past 30 years, we have had the privilege of contributing daily to each child’s growth and development, which has immeasurable rewards. Our school is dedicated to providing our families with the best programs in a stable, safe and learning-structured environment.

ECC Facts

  • Parents are welcome to visit the center any time throughout the day.
  • Staff individualizes lesson plans to meet the growing needs of children.
  • Healthy nutritious meals are served family style.
  • Parent-teacher conferences occur 2 times a year to discuss progress and set goals.
  • Staff continues to have ongoing professional development in child development, parent relations, and CPR.
  • Each classroom has a daily schedule that includes outdoor play, reading, meals, rest time and active learning.
  • Materials are placed on low open shelves where the toys are accessible to the children.


Current Parent Portal: District Code SJC-MO





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Contact the ECC

St. Gianna Early Childhood Center
509 N. 9th St.
Saint Joseph, MO 64501

Phone: 816-233-9794


6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Monday through Friday

Nationally accredited to provide care for children
6 weeks to 14 years of age

Providing a Safe Environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults:

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is comitted to combatting sexual abuse in the Church.  If you are a victim of sexual abuse, or if you observe or suspect sexual abuse:

1.  Call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738 (if the victim is currently under the age of 18), and 

2.  Contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911, and

3.  After reporting to these civil and law enforcement authorities, report suspected sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult to the Diocesan Ombudsman, Joe Crayon, 816-812-2500 or crayon@ombudsmankcsj.org, if the abuse involves a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The Diocese has a sincere commitment to providing care and healing resources to victims of sexual abuse and their families.  Please contact Whitney True-Francis, the Victim Assistance Coordinator, at 816-392-0011 or true.francis@diocesekcsj.org for more information.  The complete Safe Environment Program Policy is available on the Diocesan website in the "Policies" portion of the Office of Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) section at http://kcsjocyp.org.