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Little Govs
Child Learning Center

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At the APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center, we believe that a child’s work is PLAY! Children are exposed to a variety of meaningful daily learning experiences that develop children’s intellectual, creative, physical, emotional and social capabilities. Activities are age and developmentally appropriate, promote hands-on and foster a love of learning.

At the APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center, we believe that a child’s work is PLAY! Children are exposed to a variety of meaningful daily learning experiences that develop children’s intellectual, creative, physical, emotional and social capabilities. Activities are age and developmentally appropriate, promote hands-on and foster a love of learning.

At the APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center, we believe that a child’s work is PLAY! Children are exposed to a variety of meaningful daily learning experiences that develop children’s intellectual, creative, physical, emotional and social capabilities. Activities are age and developmentally appropriate, promote hands-on and foster a love of learning.

Play is Paramount at the Austin Peay Little Govs Child Learning Center.

We believe children learn best through play. Play is the avenue through which children learn to reason, develop language, gain social skills and naturally learn to deal with the world around them. We feel our role is to provide children with the opportunity to play and grow as individuals. With our excellent teacher to child ratio, families can trust that their children will receive the individualized attention they need during this developmental stage in life.

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Two-year olds teacher to child ratio
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Three-year olds teacher to child ratio
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Four and five-year olds teacher to child ratio

Child Learning Center outdoor facilities
Little Govs is housed in the Sexton building, across the street from campus PD.

About us

We offer a comprehensive, natural curriculum forged around the idea that a child's work is play. Our staff are fully-trained, with multiple degrees, certifications, and recognitions required for employment. Our mission is to ensure your child has a safe place to learn about the world around them, and every day we look forward to making that a reality.

Little Gov child wears scarf and hat

The Austin Peay State University Little Govs Child Learning Center serves children of APSU students, alumni, staff and faculty as well as children in the community. Our goal is to maintain the highest level of childcare in a loving environment for our children and families.


The Little Govs Child Learning Center enhances the growth, development and performance of APSU students and other parents by maintaining a campus children's center whose primary objective is to promote the continuous well-being of the children and adults it serves through programs and services that meet their social, emotional, and cognitive needs.

The APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and has earned the highest rating with three stars. The highest ratings have been earned in the following areas: Director Qualification, Professional Developmental Learning, Parent/Family Engagement, Ratio and Group Size, Staff Compensation, Program Assessment and Child Health Well-Being.

Little Gov staff member poses for photo with child

The APSU Little Govs teaching staff is fueled with passion for the early childhood profession and are led with knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, values and vision. We build cohesive teams by valuing each teacher’s strengths and contributions within the program. Our teachers are excellent educators, that are highly trained to create a high-quality program, by providing a safe and healthy learning environment for young children.

APSU Little Govs teaching staff have earned a national recognition through the Council for Professional Recognition, holding a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Technical Early Childhood Teaching Certificate and/or degrees in Early Childhood Education (ECED).

Additionally, all staff hold certificates in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA), Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards (TNELDS), Shaken Baby Syndrome, Gold Sneaker, Social and Emotional Development, Inclusion for Children with Disabilities, Language and Literacy Development and CPR and First Aid.

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The APSU Little Govs Child Learning Center is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and has earned the highest rating with three stars. The highest ratings have been earned in each of the the following areas:

Director Qualification, Professional Development, Developmental Learning, Parent/Family Engagement, Ratio and Group Size, Staff Compensation, Program Assessment and Child Health Well-Being.

The Little Govs Child Learning Center has also earned the Gold Sneaker Award, a recognition to promote health and wellness for young children. The Gold Sneaker Initiative enhances the center’s policies related to physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco- free environment.

Children play in the outdoor area


The Little Govs Child Learning Center has a very unique outdoor play space that invites nature back into the play yard. Our space is filled with natual marterials, art, hills, pathways, trees, herbs, open areas, sand, water, music, swings, hammocks, and garden areas. This is a place that children can create childhood memories and find places to run, climb, dig, pretend, and hide. The natural playscape areas encourage active play as well as silent play. Children are encouraged to jump in puddles and play in the mud, they can explore, discover and learn about the outdoors and world around them. Natural playscapes stimulate the child’s imagination and creativity while promoting physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development.

Little Gov child poses for photo

We host multiple events throughout the year that help us accomplish our mission of Learning through Play. From our Fall Pumpkin Patch and Hayrides to Scholastic Bookfairs and St. Jude Trikathon, there's always an event for your family to participate in, at the Little Govs CLC. 


Yearly events:

  • Pumpkin patch
  • Hayrides
  • Fall Festival
  • St. Jude Trikathon
  • Scholastic Bookfairs
  • Spring Fun with Easter Egg Hunt
  • Yoga Fun
Little Gov and family work on craft

Family participation and communication is invited, encouraged, and appreciated! It is vital to our success in helping children grow, develop and learn. We strive to form a cohesive partnership with families in the care and education of their children.

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We offer competitive tuition rates for children ages two through four years of age, with discounts given for siblings. We offer childcare for your schedule, with multiple different plans from daily childcare, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Thursday, and Monday through Friday as well. We also host fall and spring registrations.

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Alexandra Wills

As parents of a child with special needs, we are always worried about the resources and modifications that can be made to fit our child’s needs. The staff at Little Govs CLC has been so supportive of our concerns and gone above and beyond to make our little guy feel successful and independent in the classroom and playground setting. We, as parents, are able to relax and know our son is in good hands, allowing us to focus on our jobs during the day with peace of mind and that is priceless for us.

Carrie Barringer

The Little Govs Child Learning Center has been a second home and important part of our family for the past 2 1/2 years. As a military family, we highly valued the nurturing, flexible support that the program provided. From a research standpoint, we found Little Govs to be using practices and principles that are proven to be developmentally best for young children. We have five children that have attended preschool all over the world. That said, Little Govs is the best we’ve experienced. Our children are lucky to have been part of the center’s community!

Alea Cozine

My son Jax, was a Little Gov for two years and I couldn’t have asked for a better facility for him. The program was amazing and he learned so much for the amount of time that he was there. The staff treated my son as if he was their own and he loved going there. I’ve recommended the Little Govs program to many people because I believe that my child’s experience here was exceptional.