After discovering the need for quality child care in the Ruidoso area, another ministry, the First Christian Church Child Development Center (FCCCDC) opened in 1999. Earning the distinction of a “3” star daycare center, the FCCCDC takes children from six weeks old to age twelve. Located in the church’s main building, the facility compromises five classrooms- infant/toddler room, two year old room, three year old room, preschool four and five year room plus an after school and summer program for older children.
More than just a daycare, the FCCCDC provides a preschool educational curriculum that prepares the children for kindergarten and beyond. To engage the children, “themes” are changed every six weeks that includes educational programs along with crafts to match the “themes”. On Wednesday mornings, the children meet with the pastor in the sanctuary for “chapel”. That time is spent learning some bible stories and singing songs. The children also perform a special Christmas program for their parents and families followed by a Christmas party. In the late Spring, the preschoolers have a special graduation ceremony showcasing what they have learned at FCCCDC along with a party for family and friends.
Belinda Hanners is the current Director at First Christian Church Child Development Center. Belinda, along with eleven staff members, love all children that come through our doors and help prepare them for their future.