Welcome to Children’s Outreach Ministries! We hope you find our website helpful and informative when deciding upon a quality childcare program. COM is a licensed childcare center through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. We are also inspected and registered with the State Fire Marshall, Putnam County Health Department, and Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition.
We encourage you to explore the opportunities of our programs. If you would like to tour our facility, please contact the Director to schedule an appointment. 304.562.9170.
COM is conveniently located at 2848 Putnam Avenue in Hurricane, West Virginia, a close proximity to I-64 and US 60. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. COM operates year round and is an outreach of Forrest Burdette United Memorial Methodist Church. COM provides an infant toddler, early education, Putnam County Collaborative Pre-K and and a school age after/out of school program with bussing from 5 Hurricane area schools. COM practices safe sanctuary which provides two teachers in each classroom at all times, and includes a faith based curriculum for sharing God’s love with our students.
LICENSING AND STANDARDS
COM is licensed through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. We are also inspected and registered with the State Fire Marshall, Putnam County Health Department, and Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition. COM follows best practice in the field of early childhood education as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All employees receive training in these standards and are used as a guide for quality care of all children in the program. http://www.naeyc.org/publications/. COM follows the West Virginia Early Learning Standards and Criteria for pre-kindergarten and infants and toddlers.
For over thirty years, the Children’s Outreach Ministries has provided Early Education and School-Age Programs to the children in the community. We believe that each child is a gift from God. The Board and staff want to partner with each child’s family to help the child succeed in future endeavors of life.
The Children’s Outreach Ministries encompass the Early Education and School Age Programs. These programs operate as non-profit programs through Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church under the direct governance of the Children’s Outreach Ministries Board of Directors.
The Children’s Outreach Ministries programs are licensed by the State of West Virginia, meeting the health and safety standards as required by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services and the State Licensing Board. Our licensing capacity is for 155 children. We have liability insurance through a local agency. The Children Outreach Ministries does not provide medical coverage.
This facility is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, and the practice of this policy is demonstrated through equal treatment in regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, and age or marital status of parents. If a child with extenuating circumstances or needing special care wishes to enter the program, his/her case will be decided at the discretion of the Program Director. Depending on the particular situation, it may be referred to the Children’s Outreach Ministries Board of Directors.
As an outreach ministry of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church, we are committed to nurturing children in body, mind, and spirit.
Statement of Purpose
We hold an Attitude of Gratitude for God, Children, and the Families of COM. “Feed my sheep, tend my lambs” John 21:15.
To all children in our care, we are committed to:
Providing a supervised, safe, and secure environment.
Providing instruction in social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development encouraging the development of a positive self-image with respect and consideration for one another.
INFANT & TODDLER & EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Our classroom environment is set up for ages six weeks to five year olds. We provide an enviornment that is warm and supportive and that encourages independence, self-confidence and a positive self-image. Our program supports growth and development in all learning areas by providing many materials and creative activities for exploration and skill acquisition. This learning provides play with purpose. We have an academic curriculum and Bible curriculum that are taught through hands-on experiences carefully planned and facilitated by knowledgeable teachers.
Our formal devotion time and Bible curriculum for Pre-K children is presented after Pre-K hours, on Fridays, and any other days not reserved for county instructional days.
The program operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We offer both a part-time and full-time program. Families may choose from our 2-day, 3-day, 4-day or 5-day program. Part-time children will attend from 8:30-12:00 p.m. or 8:30-1:30 p.m. The 2 year old part time program is 8:30-12:00 p.m. Full-time children will have care available from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.The infant & toddler program will be full day care unless a schedule can be arranged among other families to fill a full time spot five days a week.
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS (LATCHKEY AFTERSCHOOL AND SUMMER SAFARI)
The Latchkey Afterschool and Summer Safari programs provide a supervised, safe place for elementary age children who need afterschool care. This program provides the children with a caring and supportive environment. The staff engages the children in physical, educational, and spiritual activities including art, games, outdoor play, homework time, field trips, and Bible curriculum.
The Latchkey Afterschool Program operates from the close of each school day until 6:00 p.m., as well as many days that Putnam County Schools are closed to students including IS, OS, holiday, and inclement weather days. When there is no school and during the summer months, the program operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 p.m.