CDC – Program Information

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The First Presbyterian Church Child Development Center opened on November 1, 2001. First Presbyterian Church sponsors the CDC by providing a safe and secure facility, a rotating Advisory Board that is made up of church members, and numerous events of which CDC families can participate.

One of the unique features of the FPC CDC is its role in the wider community of First Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian considers the Child Development Center to be an absolutely vital part of its mission in the Raleigh area, as well as a wonderful service for member families seeking quality childcare and spiritual support. The strong commitment on the part of this dynamic, growing church is one of our greatest assets. Our students instantly become part of a supportive, loving, Christian community upon enrollment.

First Presbyterian Church intends for the CDC to be an outreach mission to the community. CDC families are not required to attend First Presbyterian Church, but they are certainly welcome guests!

Since opening in 2001, First Presbyterian Church CDC has maintained a positive reputation for providing high quality care in the Raleigh downtown community.


First Presbyterian Church CDC is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh. We are housed in the Ed Stock Building on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church. Our street address is 120 West Hargett Street.

Hours of Operation

We are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. See the “Calendar” tab for a complete Center calendar.

Staff Member-to-Child Ratios

Infants: 8 children, 2 full-time teachers

Waddlers: 8 children, 2 full-time teachers

Toddlers: 10 children, 2 full-time teachers

Twos: 12 children, 2 full-time teachers

Threes: 12 children, 2 full-time teachers

Fours: 12 children, 2 full-time teachers

Faculty and Staff

We have 14 full-time teachers, four support staff members, and substitutes. Parent volunteers are encouraged.

Support staff allow children to have more frequent, meaningful interactions with adults, and equips teachers to have the support needed to provide the highest quality of care.

All of the teachers at the First Presbyterian Church Child Development Center have at least earned the NC Early Childhood Credential. More than 75% of our staff are degreed teachers. We also encourage all remaining staff to further their education and work toward achieving degrees, with course work paid by the CDC with assistance from the NC TEACH Scholarship Program.

Staff attend the NCAEYC (North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children) Conference yearly to get up-to-date information and ideas to enrich our curriculum, and to network with others in our field.

All of our teachers are CPR/First Aid certified.

5 Star License

FPC CDC maintains a 5 Star Rated License with the NC Division of Child Development. The Center accepts and implements the criteria for quality programs set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We offer a developmentally-appropriate program, implemented with attention to children’s differing needs, interests, and abilities.

The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education regulates all licensed childcare in the state and instituted the star-rated licensing program as a way to offer parents more information on the quality of available child-care options. All child-care centers and family child-care homes that are licensed now also receive a star rating, with 1 star being the minimum and 5 stars being the maximum. Centers who have achieved 5 stars exemplify excellence and the highest quality in the following areas: compliance history, faculty education, teacher/child ratios, program indicators of best practices, and program management.


Facility tours are conducted year-round by appointment. Prospective parents are encouraged to set up a tour to see our child-centered environment, meet our faculty, observe interactions and determine if FPC CDC would be a good fit for their child and family. Families who then desire to join the CDC waiting list will need to submit the waiting list fee and the Waiting List Form. The Center Director will contact families on the waiting list to fill any vacant slots during the year.


  • All doors are locked during center hours, although there is an open-door policy for parents.
  • Parents will be given a confidential door code to enter the Center whenever they desire to visit. Others will be asked to ring the buzzer and wait for assistance.
  • Parents will be registered by fingerprint or confidential code in the ProCare computer. The computer will provide a receipt for presentation to the child's teacher. Others who do not routinely retrieve children will need to provide a suitable photo ID, which will be checked against the “Permission to Pick-Up List” submitted along with Enrollment Forms.
  • Faculty participate in periodic "lock down" drills, to assure that everyone knows how to respond in an emergency.

Center Size

There are 6 classrooms and 62 children enrolled. The center is large enough to expand your child's horizons, but still small enough to feel like family! There are a spectrum of opportunities without the institutional feel that you may experience at larger centers. Our faculty knows parents, grandparents, and siblings by name and face.


We provide our children with a healthy, morning breakfast, hot lunches and an afternoon snack daily for any children who are eating solid foods. An outside provider caters our daily lunch. Our staff prepares breakfast and snacks. We feature a nut-free menu. Should your family need additional support for dietary restrictions, please speak to the Administration during the enrollment process.