Columbia, MO

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Quality Childcare When Schools Are Closed

When the public schools close, but you still have to go to work, who looks after your children? Big Steps Early Learning Center offers quality childcare for school-age children when the public schools are closed due to inclement weather or other unexpected occurrences.


In order to have enough staff to safely care for your children, space is limited. To book a space for your child or to learn more details about care coverage when the public schools aren't in session, please call us at 573-474-3292.

"BSELC has been a family-like atmosphere for our 2 children. After moving to Columbia 4 years ago, I was worried to move our children from the home childcare setting they were used to into a center.


BSELC offered the best of both worlds. The daily communication, small class sizes, engaging activities, and friendly staff have helped my children build solid educational foundations."

From another mom

Before- and after-school day care

Since school schedules and your work schedule don't always match perfectly, we offer care before and after school. Our hours are 6:45 AM to 6:00 PM, and we welcome children from 6 to 8 years of age.

  • Before-school care — Drop off your child as early as 6:45 and we'll transport your child to school.

  • After-school care — We'll pick up your child from school and look after him or her as late as 6:00 PM.

  • Full days — When public school is out of session, we can look after your school-age child throughout the day.


We also offer a variety of fun, exciting, and educational field trips for school age children while they stay at Big Steps Early Learning Center. Please contact us for details about upcoming trips.


We transport to and from:

  • Blue Ridge Elementary

  • Alpha Hart Lewis

  • Derby Ridge Elementary

  • Columbia Title 1 Preschool

You can SAVE with discounts by enrolling multiple children.