Creative Learning Center
In the fall on 1976, Dr. Charlotte Oakley taught the first kindergarten class for 5-year-old and in 1980, Karen Cook taught the first four-year-old class. Feeling led by the Lord to start a full time daycare program, Dr. Oakley, Mrs. Cook and Janice Bennett met with the deacons with a proposal to open a facility on the first floor of our church. The proposal was voted down with two other times. Being convicted that this was in God’s plan for our church, Dr. Oakley and Mrs. Bennett once again appealed to the deacons. After much discussion and planning, many prayers were answered and the Creative Learning Center opened on January, 5, 1981. Janice Bennett was named the director with Rose Mary Shelton assistant director. In May of 1989, Mrs. Bennett resigned and Mrs. Shelton was named as her replacement and is still remains serving the Lord in this position.
Creative Learning Center was originally licensed for 100 students but in later years was decreased to 50. Currently our enrollment is 30 children. We have a four-year-old program that Mrs. Lisa Hill has been teaching since 1998. Mrs. Melinda Mosley is the teacher of our three-year-old class and also serves as the center’s assistant director. Mrs. Robin Nix is the teacher for the one-year-olds. Our youngest group is our infant to one-year-olds. Mrs. Shelton and Mrs. Katherine Fletcher are the caregivers in this class. Brooklyn Mosley is our co-op worker and Jodee Gore is our substitute worker. We have taught the A-Beka program since opening. We feel this curriculum provides excellent teaching resources and is a wonderful opportunity to teach the word of God.
Some of our annual projects are Blue and Gold Pep Rally, Walk-a-Thon for St. Jude, Easter Hat Parade and Thanksgiving Feast (on this day the children dress as pilgrims and Indians).
Our operating hours are from 6:30 am to 5:15 pm. We provide a breakfast type snack, a hot lunch and two afternoon snacks. We have access to the Christian Life Center and our outdoor playground for physical activities. We are licensed through the Mississippi State Department of Health and operate by their guidelines. Our directive committee consists of Andy Stepp, Leigh Moore, Dr. Oakley, Penny Nelson and Larry Moore. In our 36 years, we have ministered to 502 students, employed 37 teachers and 18 co-op student workers.
This program has truly been an asset to our church and this community. God has blessed this ministry and we give Him the praise and honor for that. I have always thought that I would be a missionary and this program has been an answer to that prayer for me. It is so exciting to teach the love of Jesus to small children and see them lead their parents to the Lord. Children are truly God’s greatest gift. It is a personal joy to have this privilege to be a vessel that God uses to plant seeds for Him.