Derby Ridge

Derby Ridge is located at 4000 Derby Ridge Drive in Columbia, Missouri off of Smiley Lane. Our average enrollment capacity is 60 children AM/PM. Currently, in addition to the Site Facilitator, there are 12 University of Missouri college students employed as Site Assistants at this site. Many of these students are Education majors, or in a related field. All the site assistants take their responsibility serious when it comes to caring for the children and they all enjoy being a positive part of the children's lives.

We meet in the Derby Ridge Cafeteria, utilizing the east cafeteria entrance (by the front circle drive). We use walkie-talkies as a means of communicating when the children are entering or leaving supervised areas. We also have access to the school's play ground, gym, common, and stage areas.

The children enrolled in the afternoon session attend field trips on the early release days. Some of the trips we have made are bowling, the movies, the ARC and local parks. Some early release days have included special events (Hosted book, food and clothing drives) and celebrations that families are welcome to participate in.

In the mornings, a parent or an authorized adult must initial the students in on a sign-in sheet. The sheets, printed in weekly increments, have columns for the student's arrival time and for the the initials of the person bringing the student to Adventure Club. A Site Facilitator or Site Assistant will initial in the student in the afternoon; a parent or other authorized adult must initial them out in the afternoon, noting the time that they departed.

We also use a "Where am I?" pocket charts to keep track of the students. The pocket chart has 4 categories: Playground, Cafeteria, Gym, and Home. It is the students' responsibility to change their own name tag when they arrive in the morning and afternoons and when they decide to leave one area for another. They must also inform a staff member when they leave one area for another; we utilize walkie-talkies so that we ensure a student's arrival from one area to another.

Derby Ridge Adventure Club is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Derby Ridge Adventure Club is a fun, safe environment for all children enrolled. We offer a variety of activities for all children to participate in. Children also have the opportunity to get to know many other children enrolled in the program. Often, their best friends can be found in Adventure Club. We have a great time at Adventure Club!!