CDC – Mission Philosophy and Purpose

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Our Mission

The First Presbyterian Church Child Development Center provides a stimulating and nurturing learning environment where the developmental needs of each child are met through play, creative learning, and spiritual growth in a Christian setting.

We strive to help every child grow as an individual while providing a warm and loving environment that still meets the highest standards of care.

Philosophy and Purpose

First Presbyterian Church Child Development Center is an outreach ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Raleigh. The center was established because of the church’s desire to offer excellent care for all children. The purpose of the Child Development Center is to provide working parents in the community with a child care program for infants through 5-year-olds that embodies developmental experiences in keeping with the highest quality of early childhood education. We are a private center, licensed by the state of North Carolina, with school policies set by an advisory Board that is composed of church members from committees of the church including: Personnel, Budget and Finance, Property and Insurance, Christian Education and a member-at-large.

As an agency of the First Presbyterian Church, the Center provides a Christian atmosphere where children can grow socially, physically, intellectually and spiritually and where attention will be given to the individual needs of each child. Each child is seen as a unique individual created by God and is encouraged to develop an awareness and love of God. We strive to help every child grow as an individual while providing a warm and loving environment that still meets the highest standards of care. Each child shall have the freedom to express, experience and develop his/her own self-concept, character and potential at his/her own pace in a happy, informal atmosphere.

Our curriculum is designed to provide the Christian foundation in which children can develop. With a structured day and a team of experienced educators, every opportunity will be provided for a child to feel secure as they discover the world around them. Children will experience a variety of rotating materials and experiences. Our daily activities are designed to provide a balance of experiences and are based on weekly themes and the developmental goals that we have set for each age group. Children learn though direct participation with the environment. They develop at their own pace though self-directed play: choosing their own areas for learning by using available materials. Learning is an active process for young children; therefore, instruction provides for active exploration, concrete experiences in a rich environment, and many language experiences to foster learning. We believe in giving a child new challenges and experiences when they are ready to successfully understand and complete them while maintaining a healthy self-esteem. When early education is guided by their own natural ambition, children learn to love learning for all of life.

Our faculty consists of early childhood educators who are dedicated to providing long tenure and the most stability for teacher-child relationships. Qualified to assist preschoolers in developing skills and readiness for academic learning, each faculty member has a genuine love of children and respect for individual differences. In addition, our faculty has access to the most current research and material related to early childhood development.


  • To provide a spiritual foundation for children.
  • To help children become aware that they are a child of God and therefore unique and worthy of love and acceptance.
  • To encourage the development of children spiritually, socially, creatively, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.
  • To provide developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to meet the individual need of every child.
  • To help children develop trusting and responsible relationships with other children and adults.
  • To provide opportunities for children to develop basic learning skills for pre-reading, pre-writing, math and science integrated in the day’s activities.
  • To provide opportunities for children to succeed at tasks suitable to their developmental level.
  • To help children learn to share as well as to receive love and affection.
  • To help children learn to respect people and the property of others.
  • To help children achieve their highest level of intellectual ability.
  • To encourage children to experience learning as fun.
  • To encourage children to express themselves individually.
  • To help children develop their sense of curiosity about the world around them.
  • To help children achieve independence, self- control and self-direction.
  • To help children learn to relate to others socially and be a part of a group.
  • To encourage the development of large and fine motor coordination.
  • To encourage the development of basic problem solving techniques.
  • To encourage the development of personal care and body awareness.