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The Gertrude Remmel Butler Child Development Center (CDC)

The Gertrude Remmel Butler Child Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to providing quality child care in a loving and educational environment for children six weeks to 12 years of age. The CDC, a ministry of the First United Methodist Church, is governed by a Board of Directors which meets quarterly.  The Board is comprised of church members and parents who are elected by FUMC Charge Conference.  Under director of the CDC Board, the Center improved the quality of early care offered to young children. The CDC is Three Star Better Beginnings Center awarded by the state of Arkansas. This is the highest award that Arkansas awards.

The staff, through constant external and in-service training, believes that positive self-esteem and a healthy curiosity for learning are the most important qualities for early childhood development. These goals are nurtured and emphasized throughout our program.

Preschool is open to children from infancy (eight weeks) to age five, five days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 52 weeks a year. An after-school program is available during the school year for pre-kindergarten children through fifth grade. Pick-up is available from area public and private schools. Full care is offered to school-age children when school is out for teacher work days, holidays or inclement weather.

Vacation Sensation, a summer program for school-age children, begins in June and runs throughout the summer until school resumes in the fall. Vacation Sensation offers a wide variety of field trips and recreational and educational activities with a returning staff of professional counselors.

View the Child Development Center’s website.

For availability, fees and other information on these early childhood programs, contact the CDC at 372-2327.