About PDO

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis Parents’ Day Out Program was established in 1982 as a co-op program for parents who needed childcare for their children. Today, the program is designed to help children adapt to being away from their parents and to encourage good social skills. Through fun and nurturing experience, Parents’ Day Out (PDO) prepares children for an easier transition to preschool.

PDO is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, run by a parent board of directors and a church liaison. All of the parents serving on the board have children in the program.


Parents’ Day Out is open to children from four months to four years of age and features a high ratio of staff per classroom. The three rooms are grouped by age and consist of the Guppy Room for children from four months to twelve months of age, the Nemo Room for children up to two years of age, and the Dolphin Room for children two to four years of age.

The program operates year round Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parents sign up for one, two, or three days when they register. Enrollment priority is as follows:

  • Current members of First Presbyterian Church
  • Current program participants
  • Newcomers

Cost of care is $25/day.  Scholarships are available.

All new families are required to tour the facilities prior to enrollment. You must schedule an appointment for a tour; we cannot accept walk-in visitors for the safety of our children.


Guppy Room (4 months-walking): Ms. Nicole & Ms. Janie

Nemo Room (walking-24 months): Ms. Bertha & Ms. Kiki

Dolphin Room (Ages 2-4): Ms. Blanka, Ms. Shannon, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Janet, & Ms. Shweta

Contact Information

Parents Day Out

7200 Delmar Blvd

University City, MO 63130

Phone: 314-721-4866

Fax: 314-721-4866

Chris Mindak, Program Director

When visiting Parents’ Day Out, you may park in the church parking lot off Delmar, and use the basement door.  Please be wary of children entering or leaving the property.


I am so impressed with PDO! Both my daughter and son thrived there! The teachers are so nurturing and thoughtful, and the space is perfect for kids-nice and big with lots of fun activities for them to do. They both loved going to school each day! Also, great price and location!
-Rachelle DeVitto Dell

I am on my 10th year and 3rd kid at PDO! I was so nervous dropping off my oldest for the first time but Chris and the Staff were so wonderful. They put me at ease right away and made the transition seamless. My kids have loved being there and the first two were well prepared for preschool and school. The staff is loving and dedicated and have become like family to us. We couldn’t love it more!!!
-Rebecca Salem

I have been sending both my kids to PDO now for almost 2 years. When I drop them off, I have peace of mind knowing everyone there is working to keep the kids happy and safe. We are so thankful for all the caring, thoughtful teachers who truly pour their energy and love into all the kiddos.
-Emily K.

PDO has been such a blessing to me. I know my daughter is loved and having fun, and I’m able to keep up with my part-time work. It’s great to have some “designated office hours” each week I can count on, while still being home with her the majority of the week. The price is wonderful, and they offer care in the summer- huge perks!
-Johanna P.