ChildrenCornerstone Center serves children of all economic levels, but most live in poverty, despite the full-time employment of their parents. In 2016, of 224 students enrolled, 49% lived in families with a household income of less than $20,000, and 18% lived in families with an income of $20,000-$30,000. Fifty-five percent were members of single-parent households.
In 2016, 88% of Cornerstone students were St. Louis city residents. Approximately 57% of families served were of African-American origin, 28% were of European-American extraction, 8% were multi-racial, 5% were of Hispanic origin, and 1% were of other minority backgrounds.
Cornerstone Center actively solicits the enrollment of foster children, knowing that their traumatic beginnings almost always produce challenging behaviors that require special commitment from educators. We welcome students who have disabilities, believing that all members of the learning community benefit from a diverse society. Their on-site therapies, which are principally funded by charitable gifts, allow these children to play alongside their typically-developing peers, growing and learning in a warm, natural setting.