Just 4

We are SMALL, but we are MIGHTY!

Address: 2263 St. Stephens Road, Mobile, AL 36617

Phone: 251-221-1450

Website: https://just4devmcpssal.schoolinsites.com

Principal: Monique P. Baugh - mbaugh@mcpss.com

Students: 310

About the school: Just 4 Developmental Laboratory is the only all-Pre-K program in the Mobile County Public Schools. We are part of the Alabama First Class Pre-K program, ranked the nation's best for 15 years straight.

Just 4 is a federally funded Title I program. We service three- and four-year-olds from across Mobile County. Just 4 has a faculty and staff of 56. All teachers are highly-qualified with degrees ranging from bachelor's degrees to doctorates.

Every classroom has an auxiliary teacher paired with a leader teacher, maintaining a 9 to 1 student to teacher ratio. Students have the opportunity to engage in counseling, Spanish, Music, Yoga & Tumbling to name a few of the additional resources provided at Just 4.

The Just 4 program was established in September of 1988, opening its doors to 150 excited four-year-olds and their parents. The success of Just 4 has continued for 31 years.

Our students, staff and families work together to create an environment where children are intellectually challenged in ways appropriate to their individual strengths, needs and experiences. Our goal is to provide a developmentally appropriate learning experience that ensures success for each child and ultimately develops a love for learning.

The philosophy of Just 4:

Each child is unique and develops at varying rates and through different learning styles. Just 4 is founded on the belief that our program must motivate each child to reach his or her greatest potential. Each component of our program is developmentally appropriate for four-year-olds. Our administration and teaching staff work together to help each child find and develop his/her knowledge, skills, and talents.

We believe:

  • Communication is critical for learning and future academic success.

  • Self-esteem is crucial for success.

  • A child’s physical development is an integral part in promoting a productive and healthy life.

  • Individual expression of one’s thoughts through various forms of art is an integral part of developing the whole child.

  • Each child is a sensory learner.

  • Productive citizens are vital to our future.

  • As part of the community, children must learn to cooperate with others and respect others’ cultures, beliefs, rights, and property.

  • As the school’s partner, each child’s family is important to the educational process and must help reinforce learning.