Kindergarten was not a new idea for most local churches in Rocky Mount in 1962, however a day care center for children was.
The needs of local families were evolving and changing, with many mothers entering or re-entering the workplace, and First Baptist Church recognized the ministry opportunity to provide a year-round, all-day home for the children of working families.
And on Sept. 1, 1962, the First Baptist Church Day Care Center opened its doors as a non-demoninational community ministry and has continued to provide loving, Christian care to thousands of children over the years and continues to do so today. First Baptist Childcare & Preschool provides working parents the peace of mind that their children, ages six weeks to twelve years old, will be lovingly nurtured in a safe Christian environment.
“It is virtually impossible to overestimate the importance of coming alongside parents for the purpose of inculcating a Christian heart and Biblical values in the lives of children,” said the Rev. Dennis Darville, lead pastor of First Baptist Church.
First Baptist Childcare & Preschool meets or exceeds the N.C. Division of Child Development’s Five-Star policies and practices, while still providing a Bible-based curriculum of learning in every classroom.
First Baptist Day Care uses the “WEE Learn” Christian curriculum for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. The WEE Learn curriculum is produced by the Southern Baptist Press, and includes weekly biblical themes, a daily Bible story, weekly chapel services, daily prayer with the children in each class and daily singing of Bible songs.
The 4-year-olds use the “Essentials” Pre-K curriculum, which is also Bible-based and is more in line with the school systems’ needs for school readiness.
“It is truly an honor and a blessing to serve these children in our community,” Center Director Gennie Israel said. “It is also very rewarding for our staff to have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with our child care families. We are currently celebrating Easter and are looking forward to our upcoming 50th Celebration on the 27th of April.”
Applications are now being accepted for both weekday and summer programs. The public as well as all current and former FBCC parents, children and staff are invited to the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House to be held at 3 p.m. April 27 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.
The event will include fun and games for the kids, refreshments, photos and memories, meet the staff and tour the facility.
For more information, visit www.fbchildcare.org or call 446-7416.