First Baptist Church Children’s Center

Daycare (website)


First Baptist Church Children’s Center is owned and operated by First Baptist Church of Marion. The center is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of 9 church members. The Board of Directors, Center Director and Pastoral staff of the church form a partnership that allows the center and church to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children that is shaped by our Christian beliefs. We believe that children are a gift of God. Therefore, we rejoice at the opportunity to minister to these children and their families, sharing the love of God in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ.

First Baptist Church Children’s Center has been a part of the Marion Community since it opened on July 11, 1966. The center was the first state-licensed daycare in McDowell County, originally licensed for 42 children. The center now has the capacity for 99 children ages 3-11. As a mission of First Baptist Church of Marion, the center seeks to provide the best care for children of McDowell County; enrollees do not have to attend the church. The center is open to all families within the community.

First Baptist Church Children’s Center is a licensed 5-star center. Quality standards of care are based on a scale rating of 1-5. This scale considers educational requirements, child to staff ratios, sanitation inspection scores, and DCDEE mandated requirements. Rating scales are assessed on a three-year basis. Quality of care is a top priority for the staff of the center.

First Baptist Church Children’s Center is open to all children in community. The center provides the following childcare services:

  • Full Time Care for children ages 3-5.
  • Three-Day Part-Time Care for children ages 3-5.
  • Before and After School Transportation/Care for children attending Marion Elementary and Eastfield Global Magnet School.
  • Full Time Summer Care for school ages 5-11.
  • All fees include breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack that meets CACFP nutrition guidelines.
  • State funded Subsidy Vouchers are accepted for care
  • Online payments.

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Hours of Care:

Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The center observes New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Thursday/Friday as holidays.
The week of July 4th and Christmas are observed as vacation weeks for staff and students.

Contact Information:

First Baptist Church Children’s Center
Mary Lewis, Director

99 North Main Street Marion, NC 28752
Office Phone: (828) 652-3937
FAX: (828) 659-7252