About Us

  • Chesterfield Academy Early Childhood & Education

    Dedicated to nurturing children in mind, body and spirit

    Chesterfield Academy opened its doors in November 2008 with the goal of providing high-quality, flexible and affordable early childhood education. Since then, we have touched hundreds of children and families in the community. As we continue to grow, we promise every family that we will live up to their expectations by creating a higher standard of care, education and learning for the mind, body and spirit of children and parents who come through our doors.

     

  • Nurturing environment and quality child care

    We are a State-Licensed, 501C3 “Not for Profit” teaching facility for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years old. Each age group has its own separate classroom and each classroom has curriculum in place, which is carried out through weekly lesson plans. As a theme-based school, we have a different theme each week for classroom curriculum and activities to revolve around.

  • Committed to Communication

    Communication is key to developing and maintaining a positive relationship with your child’s school and teachers. We emphasize parent and teacher communication through things such as:

    • Detailed Daily Reports every day to share stories of your child’s day
    • Lots of pictures to post in hallways and share with parents through email
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences twice a year to review your child’s developmental assessments
    • Open-door policy for parents to drop in and observe their child’s classroom
  • ... and Family Involvement

    We believe that parent involvement is a huge part of a child’s school success, so Chesterfield Academy provides parents several opportunities to be a part of our school-wide activities and events. Just a handful of our school-wide activities and events include:

    • Classroom parties
    • Grandparents Day
    • Mother’s and Father’s Days Teas
    • Literacy Night
    • “Messy Play” Night
    • Pre-Kindergarten Graduation
  • Our Staff

    • Tracie Axley
      Director

      Tracie Axley

      Director

      A graduate of Columbia College, Tracie is the Director of Chesterfield Academy and has 20 years experience in the Early Childhood industry. Tracie has directed, taught and worked as a child care specialist since 1998. Her goal at Chesterfield Academy is to build trusting relationships with each family and child. Tracie lives in Manchester with her husband Brian and their children.

    • Shannon Gilmore
      Assistant Director

      Shannon Gilmore

      Assistant Director

      Shannon is the Assistant Director of Chesterfield Academy and has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for about 20 years, primarily working with infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds. Her goal at Chesterfield Academy is to respect each child as an individual and to help them reach their full potential. Shannon and her family current reside in Lake St. Louis.

  • About Our Teachers

  • The management team at Chesterfield Academy chooses our teachers very carefully. Not only do we look for dedicated teachers who have education and experience in the field of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, but we also understand that it’s more than just about having a degree. You will find that the teachers at Chesterfield Academy are passionate about what they do each and every day, and that they are very nurturing, loving and dedicated to the development of each child.

  • All Chesterfield Academy employees and teachers have met and exceeded thorough Missouri State Licensing requirements to provide excellent care for our families. Our employees have been screened and registered through the Family Care Safety Registry as child care workers, are CPR and First Aid certified, and continue their growth with ongoing classes in the child care field.

    Background screenings access information from the following agencies:

    • Criminal history information on file with the Missouri State Highway Patrol
    • Sex Offender Registry information on file with the Missouri State Highway Patrol
    • Child Abuse/Neglect information on file with the Missouri Department of Social Services
    • Foster parent license denial, revocation or suspension information on file with the Missouri Department of Social Services
    • Employee Disqualification List information in file with the Missouri Department on Health and Senior Services
    • Employee Disqualification Registry information on file with the Missouri Department of Mental Health
    • Child Care license revocations on file with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
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