Children learn through play!

At SJLEEC, we provide a fun, sensory rich environment full of opportunities for children to engage in self-discovery and inquiry based learning through play, song, movement and art.

3650 Williams Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 890-4574 

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Our Story

In 1972, St. James Child Care Center opened as the first to offer child care in the Burnsville/Savage area. It was a non-profit organization licensed by the State of Minnesota's Dept. of Human Services to serve 60 children.

Recently, St. James Child Care Center changed its name to St. James Lutheran Early Education Center in order to better represent the educational early childhood programs that it offers today.

SJLEEC is not only a child care center, but a center that is committed to providing loving care while educating the whole student:

soul, mind and body

offering preschool only programs, preschool plus extended day child care, hourly care and before/after school care.

At SJLEEC, your child will develop socially and emotionally while they grow in their cognitive skills all while feeling safe, loved and cared for in a Christ-centered environment learning Christian values.

Promises we make to parents

  • Your child will be safe.
  • Your child will have fun learning.
  • Your child will be taught about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
  • Your child will be encouraged to interact with others in a positive way.
  • Your child will be valued and treated as a child of God.
  • Your child will have experiences that will help them to be prepared for Kindergarten.

Together, as a team, we will work with you and support you as parents. You know your child best.

SJLEEC Offers...

  • Small class sizes of 1 teacher with up to 10 students.
  • Age appropriate classrooms, equipment and curriculum.
  • Teaching of Christian education and Christian values.
  • A flexible start date throughout the year for children at least 33 months old and potty trained.
  • Open enrollment to everyone. Church membership is not required to attend.
  • A large motor room for exercise on cold or rainy days.
  • A contained preschool classroom for each developmental age/ level.
  • A calm, quiet, loving Christ-centered environment.
  • Caring, experienced and state qualified staff with current CPR/First-Aid certification.
  • A year-round program
  • A computer lab where children have experiences using the computer.
  • A library where children have weekly story time.

Non-Discrimination Policy

St. James Lutheran Early education Center admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. SJLEEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and athletic and other school administered programs.