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Our Approach

The LUME Approach is rooted in the deep understanding that children's emotional development is the foundation for lifelong health, growth, and learning. By working directly with children and their primary caregivers, we are increasing children's opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.


Our Impact Stories


3 Ways Your Gift Helps LUME Now:

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Professional Development

Our professional development increases access to LUME’s trainings and courses, which are proven to build an educator’s capacity to nurture the emotional development of children and improve children’s mental health and educational journey. The LUME Approach helps educators understand the emotional development of children and use self-reflection to recognize how their own early childhood experiences impact the way they care for and teach children.


Workforce Development

Our Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program offers unemployed and underemployed workers a career path in early childhood education. Our Apprenticeship Program was the first coordinated and sustained Department of Labor-registered Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program in the State of Missouri and meets professional education requirements for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.


Family Engagement

LUME’s family education programs provide opportunities to help parents and caregivers support their child’s brain development and grow healthy relationships that will last as lifetime. Over the last year we've reached more than 78,000 parents and educators across our region through special events, courses, and discussion groups.


How We’re Innovating With Harvard


LUME Institute and University City Children’s Center were selected into Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child Frontiers of Innovation portfolio.

Harvard will provide continuing support and help guide our practice-based research on our professional development model through continuing technical assistance around data collection, program implementation, and data analysis.