Giving to your local Child Care Center

Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center welcomes your donations of time, talent, and treasures to help support our mission of providing high quality, affordable child care and education to families in our community. It is part of our philosophy to keep tuition levels affordable and to provide financial aid when necessary. Currently 85% of our children qualify for tuition assistance and 75% of our children qualify for free and reduced 


Because we strive to remain current in our training, our materials and our equipment, our costs are greater than the revenue supported through regular tuition. MLJCLC is committed to raising additional funds to help us support these goals. We have an Annual Fund that provides critical dollars to support our program and provide scholarships. Other fundraisers include Chairs and Chests, Tigers on the Prowl sales, rewards programs, etc. Direct donations are tax deductible and always welcome!



Thank you for considering a gift to Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center.  Your monetary donation is critical to our success in providing high quality, affordable child care that prepares children to thrive.  Your gift will touch hundreds of children and their families.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 573-449-5600.  Thank you!


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Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center welcomes volunteers.  Whether volunteering as an individual or group, MLJCLC can provide volunteers a way to help children grow and thrive.  All volunteers who work with children are screened by staff and are subject to a background check.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 573-449-5600 or download a volunteer application and email it to

Wish List

Every day we grow as a childcare center and our teachers grow with it. New small and large groups arise, the curriculum we use updates and the toys and supplies we have grow old. We do need certain materials to succeed as a childcare center but we also wish we could get the awesome things we see for all of our children here at Mary Lee Johnston. So here is our Wish List! If you see something on here that you have and don't need, that you saw at the store and know it'll make a our little ones happy, or know someone who has it, please let us know or bring it on in. The joy it will bring the kiddos here and the ones to come is endless! 

  • Paper - Always, always paper, any variety of types and sizes 

  • Bird feeders

  • Bird seed

  • Bird house

  • Wind Chimes

  • Wall Clocks

  • Dress-Up clothes

  • Outdoor shelving for decks 

  • All sizes and shapes of plastic bottles

  • Natural materials (ex: pine cones, "gumballs" from trees, strips of bark, seashells, cool rocks, etc. - the possibilities are endless!)

  • Salad spinner (a.k.a. salad dryer) 

  • Colored and interesting masking and duct tape

  • Books

  • Recycles materials (bottle caps, plastic and glass bottles, leftover holiday cards, magazines, hardware like nuts, bolts, etc., interesting containers, feathers, fabric, tile, straws, strands of beads, costume jewelry, corks, ribbon, packing materials (IKEA is an especially great place for this), bubble wrap, appliance boxes, cardboard boxes, and anything else that you think would be interesting for children)

  • Indoor non-toxic plants

  • Copy paper

  • Pencils

  • Wicker bins

  • Old picture frames

  • Binders

  • Laminating paper

  • Paint brushes



It takes many “things” to provide high quality child care.  At MLJCLC, our needs range from relatively inexpensive classroom materials to a new parking lot and other services.  Currently, our supply list includes:

Items under $15.00

  • Construction Paper

  • Drawing Paper

  • Water Color Paints

  • Large Cars and Trucks for two and three year olds

Items under $50.00

  • Set of Cultural Books

  • Set of Doll House People

  • Food and Kitchen Items for Dramatic Play

  • Booster Car Seats

Items under $150.00

  • Baby Floor Mats

  • Dress-up Clothes Hanging Station

  • Commercial Food Processor

  • Infant/Toddler Car Seats

  • Commercial Vacuum

Items of greater expense

  • Potential Parking Area Needs to be Surfaced for Parking

  • Large Upright Milk Cooler


If you are interested in donating supplies or in-kind services, please contact us at 573-449-5600. Thank you! 

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