Children's enrichment center

beautiful & inspirational

Helping children explore their world in a Christian environmnment

First United Methodist Church - North Little Rock

Learning...Helping.. everywhere

From exploring nature to learning to cope to packing bags of food for those less fortuante

From the Director


  • Provides environments that encourage learning and creativity
  • Fosters Individuality
  • Values process not product
  • Values process not product

We seek to reveal and nurture the worth and dignity of each child, while fostering physical, social, moral, spiritual, and intellectual development – at the child’s own pace.  As a Reggio Emilia-inspired program, we approach teaching by first studying and documenting how each child learns. Using that information, our learning environments and activities are intentionally arranged to support our children’s mental and physical growth as they reason and construct, all while shaping their academic and social potential.


Children’s Enrichment Center is a Reggio-inspired Christian Learning Center. Here at CEC we marvel in the uniqueness of many styles and philosophies of teaching young children. We are a mixed blend of Reggio, Waldorf, Montessori and Nature Play-based. We are aware of the need of children to find their own style, their own pace and what will bring their personal learning and desire for learning to the highest level.

As a Christian child care center, we help children to learn compassion and respect for others, and an awareness of the world around them.

Melissa Baddar
Director, CEC

From the Pastor

In the Gospel of Matthew, the disciples ask Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus looked toward a child, whom he put among them and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” A few days later, Jesus said to those same disciples, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children.” In these passages we have a beautiful image of Jesus teaching the holiness of children and the gifts they are given.

The Congregation of First United Methodist Church believes that our Lord has expressly given to little children a place among the people of God. We take seriously Jesus’ ministry with children and consider our Children’s Enrichment Center to be a response to His call to care for children. We are proud of the work of the CEC! The CEC has created a nurturing environment full of joy for the children trusted to their care. Together with the staff of the CEC, we consider it a privilege to be a part of each child’s growth and development.

We know that the need for quality early education is great. To meet that need we have a “Better Beginnings” rating and an honored history of quality care in a church-related setting where spiritual values are important. Our well-trained staff members are committed to working with you and your child to provide optimum care and learning. I pray that this will be a great year in the life of your child. May their time in our CEC help them in their journey of reaching their full potential.

Lynn Kilbourne

Senior Pastor


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