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Developmental Learning Center

Words from Quenetta Cox, DLC Director

“Thank you for your interest in the Developmental Learning Center. We look forward to working with you and your family, and hope the DLC will be able to accommodate your family’s needs.”

It is the DLC’s goal to guide individual development during the early years by providing a nurturing and enriching environment within a Christian setting. We also strive to maintain excellent teacher-parent relationships. Our classrooms offer low child-teacher ratios and interactive surroundings. DLC exceeds the state childcare standards to reach a high level of quality, which is so important for successful development. The First United Methodist Church Developmental Learning Center is a part of the Church ministry. We are located in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The center is located in the church facilities at 1928 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201. We offer full time care; hours are from (7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday. The First United Methodist Church Developmental Learning Center does not offer a Mother’s Day Out program nor part-time care.

Our mission is to provide a safe, secure, loving and nurturing Christian environment that encourages young children (and their families) in social, emotional, academic and spiritual development.

The Developmental Learning Center strives to provide quality care and early education for young children in a Christian setting and a family oriented environment. The Center understands that individuals develop in stages from infancy through old age. Each stage of development is defined with unique qualities that affects the children throughout subsequent development. Through provision of developmentally appropriate setting and activities, the Center seeks to meet each child’s individual developmental needs within a group setting.

We Maintain

  • Low student-teacher ratios in compliance with NAEYC
  • Developmentally appropriate classrooms
  • Individual developmental assessments
  • A partnership with parents along with an open door policy
  • Professionally trained teachers with experience and a Child Development Associates Credential, Associate and or a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood
  • Indoor and outdoor play areas,
  • Well-balanced meals and snacks
  • Staff is MinistrySafe trained by the North Texas Conference of the First United Methodist Church



  • Each child will be treated with loving care and respect.
  • The Center will provide a high quality, developmentally oriented learning environment.
  • The Center will provide services and support for families.
  • The Center will facilitate a partnership between parents and teachers to best promote the interests of each child.
  • The Center will provide parent/teacher education.
  • Each child will have a chance to develop at their own pace in a safe environment.

Wait List and Enrollment

Wait List and Enrollment

The DLC is currently accepting applications for the waiting list for 2021- 2022 Infant care (8 weeks – 24 months).

The application fee for the waiting list is $50.00 that is non-refundable. This fee is not applicable to the enrollment fee, when enrollment becomes available. After placing your name on the wait list, if the Developmental Learning Center does not have space available when you need care, we will keep your name on the waiting list for 1 year after the initial desired start date. Enrollment is depending on availability, and we will notify you when a spot becomes available. We will notify you when a spot becomes available. Please email Quenetta Cox qcox@fumcdallas.org to check the status for the wait list or for additional information.


There is a one-time registration fee of $300.00 per child due at the time of enrollment. This fee is non-refundable and children cannot be assured enrollment until this fee is received. The monthly tuition ranges from $1,100.00 for infants through $900.00 preschool. Special activity fees may be charged to cover the costs of extra events.

Parent Teacher Council

Parent Teacher Council (PTC)
The DLC Parent-Teacher Council is an informal group created to foster a partnership between the parents and teachers. The mission of the PTC is to provide opportunities for fellowship among the parents and staff, enrich the learning environment for the children, express appreciation for the teachers, and support the DLC with practical assistance and financial support. The PTC is involved in a lot of different activities such as special events, teacher recognition, classroom assistance and fundraising. The PTC is open to everyone. Please feel free to join upon enrollment. The PTC does not have any involvement regarding the administration of the center; parents should make an attempt to resolve their concern with the Director.

What We Do

What We Do

Throughout the year the DLC will offer additional activities and classes for different age groups. Some of these classes will require an additional fee.

Standard classes for children in Toddler III – Preschool II:
Music and Movement
Creative Art Classes at the Dallas Museum of Art

Additional classes available for an extra fee (subject to change):
Dance (2 yrs+)
Gymnastic (3 yrs+)
Drama (3 yrs+)
Soccer (3 yrs+)
Summer Sport Camp (3yrs+)



The Toddlers through Preschool II will come together each Wednesday from 11:00 to 11:30 am for worship. Chapel consists of a brief Bible story, song and a simple prayer. Parents are invited to attend worship.

Want to know more?

We would love to meet you! From our Rotunda Theatre to the magnificent bell tower, we have lots of corners to show you and a great history to share. We look forward to answering your questions about our ministry, theology and outreach, and invite you to join us for a tour.

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