Welcome to the Child Development Ministry! The Child Development Ministry (CDM) of First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach has a rich 40-year tradition of excellence in care and early education for children. Offering child care and preschool for children birth to age 5 and school-age care for children ages 5 to 13, CDM invites you to take a closer look at the quality care and education we provide for all God’s children. The Child Development Ministry is a Licensed Child Care Center of the S.C. Department of Social Services (License No. 17928) and partners with ABC Quality Care.

Please visit our FaceBook page to see articles, information, and other issues on children and families. Follow us on Twitter for the latest sound bytes on all things related to parenting and young children’s learning. You may also want to check out our blogpost here for our favorite posts about children and related issues!


The Child Development Ministry is now accepting applications for 4-Year Old Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. To qualify your child must be 4 on or before September 1, 2015; live in Horry County; and be eligible for Medicaid. For students who qualify, tuition is free!

Space is limited, and interested families may stop by CDM or call 843-692-9272 for more information!

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Infants & Toddlers
CDM’s infant program is based on the belief that infants are born wired for learning, yet vulnerable. Care teachers respond to young children’s individual needs with respect and care.
Preschool children are active learners, creating knowledge through daily experiences with materials and people. We know that learning is most meaningful when it happens during play, in the context of children’s everyday experiences.
School Age
CDM’s school-age program allows students to unwind after a busy school day, have time for homework, and then enjoy play. CDM’s summer program encompasses community service, community learning and field trips.

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My child is truly loved and cared for by CDM's wonderful staff. I couldn't be happier and neither could my child. She is an amazing little girl and I attribute CDM for doing such a wonderful job. Thank you CDM!
Wendy Wallen, public school teacher and CDM parent
The faculty and staff of CDM are some of the warmest and most nurturing caregivers I have encountered--often becoming far more than simply my childrens’ teachers: they are “boo boo” healers, surrogate parents, role models, and wise mentors during this integral stage of development.
Allie Hilliard, public school teacher and parent of two- and six-year olds.
As a teacher, I see children come into elementary school from the CDM program prepared and well mannered; as a mother I see my children come home happy and smarter than the day before.
Katie Starn, public school teacher & mother of one- and three-year olds.
What I like about CDM is the feeling of family among my co-workers. When you have a group collectively working towards a common goal, great things can be accomplished--and that goal is to better the lives of all our children. There really is no job as rewarding as teaching.
Brian Covert, teacher of four-year olds.
The professional training that CDM offers teachers has made me grow every day to better serve the children and their needs.
Monika Polena, teacher of two-year olds.
On Sept. 1st I will begin my 25th year working at CDM. The reason I love working here is because of the children. The infants are a joy to watch as they develop from needing their unsteady heads held to pulling up, crawling, and babbling.
Dot Amend, Care Teacher of Infants
If I had to describe my experience as a parent at CDM, it would be excellent. When your child comes home feeling happy and loved, there is no better feeling. I could not have made a better decision for my boys.

Sara Gentry, mother of a one- and three-year old
My son has learned and grown so much during his short time at CDM. He is so loved and cared for by his teachers and the CDM staff, and that put my mind at ease upon returning to work.

Rebecca Tompkins, parent of a one-year old.