Springfield, Mo. -- Mellow music and the quiet click-clack of a computer keyboard are the only sounds you'll hear during naptime at ABC Beginnings, a northside daycare.
"After I did everything backwards and was married and had my children, it felt like I would never be able to do that," said Amelia Peters, the owner of the daycare.
Peters was an unemployed single mom of three, four years ago, when she first heard about Western Governors University. The nonprofit school online offered her a chance for a better future.
"When I had to make a decision on what I was going to do ,because I was going to be primary provider for my children for a while, it made sense. Especially the online school, because I never had to take time away from them," Peters said.
Peters is studying elementary education. It's one of the 50-plus degree programs offered by W-G-U.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon rolled out the program in Missouri a couple months ago with a series of commercials paid for by the university. A community development block grant and money from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation helped provide startup money for the school in Missouri.