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Fee schedule:

You may enroll your child for a minimum of 2 and up to 5 days per week. Daily fees are:

Children assigned to the Infant/Toddler classrooms: $34 per day

Children assigned to the Preschool classrooms:  $28 per day

The Payment policy is an advance payment due in two week increments every two weeks.  Tuition payment schedule is located on the Lion Cub Academy calendar in green.


Lion Cub Academy Fees and Policies:

Enrollment Policy

Enrollment Packets for Spring (January through Mid- May), Summer (May through Mid-August), and Fall (Mid-August through to Christmas Break in December), must be picked up in person at the Lion Cub Academy by a custodial parent or legal guardian.  The enrollment fee must accompany the completed packet upon return by the deadline to reserve your child's place in the LCA.

Withdraw policy

A minimum of two weeks notice must be submitted in writing to the Lion Cub Academy director.

Late payment policy

Payments are due the first and third Monday of each month.  Non-payment will result in your child not returning to the academy until payment is received.

Overtime policy

A $1 per minute charge will be assessed to the parent's invoice when children are picked up late.

Billing Statements

Parents receive a statement upon the arrival of their child to the academy.  Pay periods are clearly defined, due dates and amounts itemized.  Personal checks, money orders, cash and credit cards are all acceptable forms of payment. Check and money orders must be made out to the MSSU Lion Cub Academy. Information regarding refunds, snow days, sick days, and vacation days please refer to Parent Handbook.

Return check policy

All receipts are processed through the Missouri Southern State University Business Office.  There will be a $35 charge for returned fees; payable only in cash. Once a check has been returned, all future fees must be paid with credit card or cash, only.

Enrollment Fee

As referenced in the Enrollment Policy, a $25 enrollment fee must accompany enrollment forms for each semester. The deposit reserves your child's place in the Lion Cub Academy. No post dated checks will be accepted as per institutional policy.


Our Goals for Your Child:

Based on a development philosophy the Lion Cub Academy (LCA) proposes to aid the child in achieving the following goals:


Adult:Child Ratios

Missouri State Licensure



Nikki Tappana, M. Ed

417-625-3178 or 417-625-9360