Saint Ambrose Early Childhood


The Saint Ambrose Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) is a NAEYC accredited, Four-Star Parent Aware rated, non-profit, Christian-based program created as an outreach of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church. The ECEC provides care for families of Woodbury and the neighboring communities.  
We have been NAEYC Accredited since July 2013 and continue to show our quality by meeting the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Standards (www.naeyca), which are based on the latest research on the education and development of young children. Our Four-Star Parent Aware rating (www.childcareawaremn) has been in place since 2016 and we maintain a high-level of attention to the guidelines and requirements set forth by the Minnesota Parent Aware program. This includes areas such as curriculum, training, and the health and safety of all of our children and families.  

Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement
The Saint Ambrose Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) is dedicated to supporting families by providing a safe, nurturing, Christian early childhood education program that fosters active age-appropriate spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.

Philosophy Statement
The Saint Ambrose community recognizes the partnership between families, children, staff, and parishioners in providing for the development of children ages 8 weeks to 5-years as they learn and grow together. As a community we have a responsibility to support families - as the primary care givers to their children - by providing developmentally appropriate experiences that promote responsibility, respect, and healthy relationships.

Christian Values: As a community we believe...

We are special and God loves us.
In the values of mutual caring, respect and sensitivity to others.
In fostering children's faith through prayer, song, role modeling, the Scripture, and the celebration of holidays.

Growth and Development: As a community we believe...

Children learn through doing.
In allowing for the individual growth of each child.
In a developmentally appropriate environment with activities that are both child and teacher initiated.
In working cooperatively with one another.



The Saint Ambrose Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) is licensed through the state of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Licensing Division. Teachers are experienced and dedicated and have post-secondary training or licensure in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or related field. All teaching requirements are kept up-to-date and children will always be under the care and supervision of a classroom teacher. We maintain ratios at, or below, the state ratio guidelines for each of our age groups.

Ratios:  Infants: 1 teacher to 3-4 infants
             Pre-Toddlers: 1 teacher to 3-4 infants/toddlers
             Toddlers: 1 teacher to 6-7 toddlers
             3-year olds, 4-year olds, & 5-year olds: 
             1 teacher to 9-10 preschoolers

             3 & 4-year olds, 4 & 5-year olds:
             1 teacher to 9-10 preschoolers

All ECEC staff will be trained in infant / child CPR and First Aid, as well as the use of an AED. They will also attend annual trainings for SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death), AHT (Abusive Head Trauma), Blood Borne Pathogens, as well as our Risk Reduction Plan and Keeping Kids Safe Procedures.

The Saint Ambrose ECEC and its teaching staff provide an environment, through learning centers, teacher and child led activities, play, and our indoor and outdoor areas, that promote our Mission and Philosophy statements. We implement a curriculum that is theme-based and allows our teachers to adapt and apply lesson plans that foster all areas of a child's development, including his or her spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. Through the use of ongoing assessments and daily interactions with the children, we create a center that is conducive to a positive learning environment that encourages, independence, self-confidence, communication, self-help and problem-solving skills. In addition, we provide opportunities for families to be a part of their child's experiences through family events, in-house fieldtrips, and volunteer opportunities.