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Kingdom Kids grows at Peace

Posted 8/30/19

Since opening in May, Kingdom Kids Child Development Center at Peace Church, keeps adding families.

“We started in May with 47, and we have 69 enrolled right now,” said Carl Bradshaw, family …

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Kingdom Kids grows at Peace

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Since opening in May, Kingdom Kids Child Development Center at Peace Church, keeps adding families.

“We started in May with 47, and we have 69 enrolled right now,” said Carl Bradshaw, family pastor at Peace Church. “It has grown. We have got more families that we have called this week and last week, and we have appointments scheduled, so we are growing for sure.”

The day care center has added a second room for babies, a second room for 2-year-olds and is adding a second room for 1-year-olds in October.

“We were shocked at how quickly we grew, which was great. We were ready for it, and we are very thankful that our community has come in here for our services,” Bradshaw said.

“We still have some spots open in our 3- and 4-year-old rooms,” Bradshaw said.

Danee Reshwan, co-director, said the children come from Sims, Bailey, Wilson and Elm City.

The center has 29 faculty members including custodial help, the cook and the director.

Baby rooms have a maximum of 10 kids, and the upper age rooms have no more than 12 to 15 in a class.

“Our state and our inspectors tell us we can house 120 kids. We feel that to be most effective, we probably will never house 120 kids,” Bradshaw said. “We want to keep our class sizes small in order to best teach and minister and best reach the needs of the kids.”

“We have a curriculum call Abecka. The curriculum is Bible-based,” Bradshaw said. “There’s Bible stories, Bible verses, and so we have had a lot of people come here because they are excited about our curriculum. We just had a family last week that said, ‘We want someone to pour into our entire family, and we are looking for a center that cares about our entire family.’ So we have see a lot of families that they are just looking for somewhere to connect, and we want to be that place.”

The center is housed behind the church on 2838 Tilghman Road in Wilson.

“Seven years ago when we opened our building, we themed our entire building Kingdom Kids, and we wanted our building to look like a castle,” Bradshaw said. “We wanted it to be an inviting place for families, a fun place. It is really cool when people walk through our doors, and their eyes light up.”

“Our real big focus is pouring into the lives of the kids,” said director Lori Powell. “One of the things we do is set up a time to meet with each family and bring them out here. They get to know us. They get to see us. They get to see that we are really about helping these kids out and loving on their kids. We want to keep them safe.”

The center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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