Child Care Center

2K Easter Party

Toddler Easter Egg Hunt

Infant Easter Party

Our Young 4 Year Old Class

South Carolina First Steps recognizes child care center directors who recently earned the Aim4Excellence national director credential through the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

Dionne Anthony – Simon Says Learning Center – Dalzell (Sumter)
Joy Dickerson – House of Joy and Joyful Academy – Rock Hill (York)
Tyreka Eason – Maximum Child Learning Center – Boiling Springs (Spartanburg)
Kathy Jones – Riverpointe Christian Academy North – North Charleston (Dorchester)
Jean Knowlton – Trinity Learning Center – Columbia (Richland)
Jennifer McKnight – Little Wizards Learning Center – Kingstree (Williamsburg)
Deborah Polston – First United Methodist Church Children’s Center – Bennettsville (Marlboro)
Debra Scott- Children’s Keeper (Hampton)
Gitika Walia – Oxford Children’s Academy – Myrtle Beach (Horry)

In line with our commitment to improving the quality of child care statewide, South Carolina First Steps offers funding and support for directors of approved First Steps 4K centers who elect to participate in this rigorous, nationally recognized, professional learning experience.

Congratulations to each of you!


More Summer Activities

The Children’s Center has been busy this summer!

We had a drive thru graduation today at  FUMC!


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April 23, 2020

Good Morning, I wanted to give an update related to opening the center etc. The decision to open the center will be made when the church will be able to reopen. I know that schools are closed for the remainder of the year, but we are going to go with the church’s decision as to when would be a safe time to open. We will get through the next two weeks and see how things stand. If at that time things are such that we can open we will. I have asked that the staff have some workdays before the children come in to clean, and make decisions about how things will be done when the children come back in. Hopefully this will enable a safe return to our routine.

The 4K students will not have class through May. I hope that they will have the summer program. When we do open up, we will make plans to have daycare for those children as well.

I wish that I could give more specific info, but right now things are still not very clear.

I really miss everyone and pray for the health and safety of you all. We will get through this and hopefully it will be soon😊. Take care and stay in touch! Debbie

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Story time and Dr.Seuss treats from Ms Nicole Hendrix from Marian Wright Edelman-Library

We ❤️ Dr Seuss character day!!




3k Monsters will be learning about numbers and counting getting ready for 4K Busy Bees!

Our toddlers Reading with Mrs. Nicole Hendrix!




No photo description available.A great big thank you to Dr. Windham and Gypsy for coming to visit us today. Dr. Windham is our local veterinarian she came and talked about what a vet does and how to care for our pet. Then Gypsy showed us some tricks and let the kids pet her. We had a blast!

Outside time playing in the sand and running around.






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Halloween fun!


The children visited Marlboro County Council on Aging for some halloween fun!

More Outside Fun!

Autumn Leaves

Having fun outside!

Mary Had a Little Lamb

The 3K “Monsters” trying out their costumes!

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Big Bird visits Pre K!

Education Sunday, August 18th



     Playing with play dough this morning 💕

The toddlers enjoying play time after snack! 😍

Fun times!!! Critter keepers at Marian Wright Edelman-Library

August 2019

We spent July celebrating birthdays, playing and working to stay cool.  Tiffany Lewellen, her husband Richie and son Eli welcomed a new baby brother, Liam, into their family.  When Tiffany returns to work, Liam will be coming too! Congratulations to the Lewellen family.

Earlier this month, students in the 4K class were able to take a trip to the Discovery Place in Rockingham.  They were able to play on a fire truck, fix a race car, play in a tree house and do lots of fun and educational activities.  We have included several pictures of our children enjoying this trip.

Our 4K class will leave on July 31st ready to begin kindergarten.  Our new class will begin on August 19th.  Linda Cardenas will continue to teach the 4 year olds.  We are excited that Shonna Heffner and Sandy Odom will be working as assistants in this class.  Shonna has been working with our center for 6 years.  Sandy recently retired after 30 years of teaching with the Marlboro County School District.  We are so excited to have this team working with our PreK and look forward to a great year!

Many thanks to all for the love and support that our center receives everyday!


(And a fun time was had by all!)

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May 30, 2019


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The FUMC Children’s Center will host their 4K “Moving On Ceremony” this Thursday, May 30th at 6 pm in the Sanctuary.  A reception will be held in the Gathering Room following the ceremony.

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Please join us for our Father’s Day Breakfast which will be held on Friday, June 14th from 7 am until 9 am.  

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Storytime with Ms Nicole Hendrix from Marian Wright Edelman-Library

Thanks Ms. Nicole Hendrix for coming and reading to us today before lunch!

The mornings have felt great and all the classes have been able to get outside and enjoy the weather.