Child Development Center

At Polk Street United Methodist Church’s Child Development Center (CDC), we understand that the care and education of your child is one of the most important decisions you will make.

The Director of Polk Street UMC’s Child Development Center is Mrs. Karen Smith. If you have any questions about our program or would like to arrange a tour of our facilities, please contact the CDC office at 374-3198 or send an email to

We invite you to visit us at Polk Street Child Development Center. You are always welcome to look around and find the answers you need to make the right choice for you and your child.

The Child Development Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM. For infants 6-weeks old through children 2 years old, we offer 4-day and 5-day options. Our 3 year old Preschool and 4 year old Pre-Kindergarten have 4-day or 5-day options. The normal class day for these groups is 9:00-3:30, with added options for Early Care (7:30-9:00) and/or Late Care (3:30-5:30).


We offer a Christian-based program that encourages social, spiritual, emotional, physical and academic development. The CDC is a place where children learn and grow so they are ready for school. Our primary goal is to provide a safe nurturing environment for our children.

The CDC provides learning activities for all age groups based on the premise that all children are capable of learning and it is our job to develop their uniqueness by providing different avenues for them to explore new learning experiences. Children learn and retain best what they touch, handle, and manipulate.

For our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs, the CDC has implemented the Balanced Literacy curriculum, which involves reading to and with students, as well as modeling the thinking behind reading and writing – decisions, strategies, and critical thinking such as predicting. We use the CDC Library as our main source for curriculum materials in Balanced Literacy.

Part of our curriculum also includes lessons, stories, and activities about Fruit of the Spirit, which teaches our children about: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22-23). Our Older 2’s through 4 year olds also attend Chapel each Wednesday and enjoy Stretch-n-Grow, and music with Ms Celeste with LeDeeDa Music. In addition to this, our 4 year olds enjoy learning Spanish with Mrs. Keys (3 year olds begin Spanish after Spring Break).

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms are staffed with a degreed teacher and an assistant during class time, and by assistants for Early and Late Care. The CDC maintains a staff-to-child ratio that is lower than the state requirements for infants through 4 years old.

Discipline is a part of every child’s learning experience. We use no form of physical punishment, only “time out.” Inappropriate and unacceptable behavior is discouraged and redirected. All discipline is administered with love and compassion.

We have a highly qualified staff that provides a lot of love and concern for children. You can see: The CDC is THE place to be!