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Fee schedule:

Contact academy for tuition fee schedules.


Lion Cub Academy Fees and Policies:

Enrollment Policy

Enrollment Packets for the Lion Cub Academy will be sent with an introductory email to 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.  Autopayment is preferred, but payments can be made online at MSSU Pay my Bill or in person at the Bursar's Office in Hearnes Hall on campus.  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 fee reserves your child's place in the Lion Cub Academy. 


Our Goals for Your Child:

Based on a developmental philosophy, the LCA proposes
to aid each child in developing the following
Cognitive Development 
1. The child will begin to develop curiosity and
intellectual abilities necessary for the enjoyment
of lifelong learning.
2. The child will recognize/remember and connect
3. The child will demonstrate flexibility and inventiveness
in thinking.The child will recognize/
remember and connect experiences.
Communication Skills 
1. The child will listen and express thoughts and
needs with increasingly complex language
2. The child will use conventional grammar.
3. The child will engage in conversations with
peers and adults
Physical Development 
1. The child will begin to develop attitudes and
skills that promote physical fitness and motor
2. The child will demonstrate gross-motor skills
of crawling, walking, kicking and throwing.
3. The child will demonstrate fine-motor skills
using drawing and writing instruments
Social/Emotional Development 
1. The child will develop a beginning understanding
of “self” as both an individual and
cultural identity.
2. The child will begin to acquire and develop
language as a personal and social means to
enhance communication and learning.
3. The child will interact and form positive relationships
with peers.
4. The child will begin to develop social understandings
necessary for interacting effectively
with peers and adults in the environment.
Adult Real Life Skills 
1. MSSU employed university students will
gain hands-on learning of developmentally
appropriate practices for early childhood.  
2. MSSU employed university students will have
the opportunity to develop essential skills
in leadership, collaboration, and professionalism
among colleagues and clients.


Adult:Child Ratios

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services



Nikki Tappana, M. Ed