Child Discovery Center
First and foremost, what is perhaps the primary mission of FPC is our Child Discovery Center, a Title I child care center that has been a beacon of economic justice and racial reconciliation since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Established in 1965, it was the only integrated child care center in three counties for years and years afterward. Thankfully, that’s no longer true! But it remains an amazingly diverse place that offers affordable, quality child care and schooling.
About the CDC
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For our tuition and fees, please call 850.433.2463.
Please stop by at any time for a tour of our center!
Our Child Discovery Center has been in operation for more than 50 years. We are a 4+ STAR, Accredited and Florida Gold Seal Center, and we use the nationally-recognized curriculums Creative and High Reach in our classrooms. We run low teacher-to-child ratios, and our staff members are well-trained professionals, who include long-term staff with no turnover, providing stability for the children.
We provide full-time care for children six weeks of age through fifth grade. We offer free four-year-old VPK, and we hold a graduation ceremony for VPK every year.
Nutritious meals and snacks are provided for free as well as infant formula and infant cereal. Special lunches are provided for parents and grandparents. We offer special classes in Art, Music and PE as well as Individualized Education Plans, and we have computers in all the classrooms for educational purposes. Once a week, we hold chapel for all preschool students with one of FPC’s pastors, who covers material with the children that is nondenominational and always age appropriate.
All classrooms and our playground are constantly monitored by video surveillance cameras.
We provide a professionally prepared quarterly developmental progress report on each child and hold parent conferences to review them. The CDC participates in community projects, field trips, summer camps and much, much more!