Who we are

Leslie Crouthers, Owner

Leslie is the on site owner of the Crouthers Academy. She has over 20 years experience in the Early Childhood industry. Leslie has taught, directed and worked as a child care specialist. Her goal at the Crouthers Academy is to ensure every child's safety and happiness. Leslie has a strong background in curriculum development and accreditation to ensure your child will meet and exceed developmental guidelines.


Karen Tainter, Director

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Karen Tainter is a certified teacher and director for Early Childhood Education and Development. She has worked as a lead teacher for two-year olds for twelve years. Karen lives in Chesterfield with her husband Tom and their two children.


Teacher Qualifications

Lead preschool teachers hold degrees in elementary education, early learning development and education, or have the equivalent education and experience. Teachers are required to continue their education based on state guidelines for mandatory training hours. Our teachers are trained in CPR and first aid. All personnel undergo a thorough police background check.

Teachers and caregivers are trained to participate as partners in children's activities rather than relate to children as supervisors. Training emphasizes positive interaction strategies which include forming authentic relationships with children, sharing control with children, focusing on children's strengths, supporting children's play ideas, and adopting a problem-solving approach to disagreements.

I would 100% whole heartedly recommend Crouther's Academy to anyone! I always tell everyone, don't go tour unless you are ready to sign up, because everyone will blow you away instantly!! Leslie and the staff should be so proud of what they have accomplished and the positive role they play in so many family and children's lives!

- The Grauls

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636 536 4653

200 Chesterfield Business Parkway
Chesterfield, MO 63005

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