by Audrey Adelson
Many families that live in the Emory area know about the quality child care programming offered at NAEYC
accredited Oak Grove United Methodist Church Child Development Center just off of Briarcliff Road. Like
many other quality child care providers in this area, their early child care program generally has a lengthy
waiting list and opens a few slots to the public each year (Priority is given to church members and those
with children already attending the school). What many parents don’t know is that they also have openings
in some of their other programs!
In addition to their reputable child care program, Oak Grove offers quality full-time summer programs for
children 5-11 years old and openings are available. Camp hours are from 7:15am until 6pm Monday – Friday
May 24th -July 30th. Camp tuition runs $225 per week (including activity fees and am/pm snacks and Friday
lunch), with exception of holiday weeks which are a bit less expensive due to an abbreviated week. Specific
programming varies based on age, but generally includes field trips, enrichment activities, arts & crafts,
music and dance, swimming, sports, and games. Tentative field trips this summer include Stone Mountain
Park, Swimming/Dixie Land, Gwinnett Environmental Center, Georgia Aquarium, Baby Land General or Gold
Mining, Tell-Us Science Museum/Children’s Museum, Center for Puppetry Arts/Georgia Shakespeare, a Disco
Party, The Pottery Place, and bowling/miniature golf. Camp Director Mollita Clark has been managing
summer programs for over a decade and works hard to keep programming ideas fresh each year by
encouraging her staff to think creatively when coming up with daily plans for their campers. Most of the
summer camp staff work year-round at OGCDC and have been there for an average of eight years. Children
who have attended the camp generally come back again.
Although a wait list is typical for their early child care program, Oak Grove does often have openings in their
private Pre-K, After-School program and their Summer Camps. The center has provided quality child care
for 25 years. OGCDC’s director has been with the school for sixteen of those years, along with her assistant
director for ten of those years. Staff turnover is low. Teachers are experienced, often educated in early
childhood development or come from an early education background. Ongoing training is held high on the
center’s priority list for all who work there.
For more information on Oak Grove’s Child Development Summer Camp program or any of their child care
offerings, please call (404) 636-5476 x 1.