TGP Early Childhood Center

 first umc coral gables

"Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."- Matthew 19:14



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First UMC Coral Gables-The Growing Place is a renowned Christian early childhood center serving children ages one year through Kindergarten. We provide high-quality care and education based on the latest research and best practices in early childhood education, in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. Here, your biggest blessing is our top family priority!

Serving our community and beyond with love and dedication since 1963, The Growing Place welcomes families from all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, and nationalities as we value being part of a rich and diverse cultural community.



At The Growing Place our mission is to serve Coral Gables and the greater Miami community by providing early childhood education of the highest quality, within the context of Christian beliefs and practices through:

  • Encouraging an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promoting Christian values through the experience it offers to all its children and their families.
  • Providing a safe, secure, spiritual and nurturing environment where young children can thrive and develop their full potential.
  • Contributing to the Christian nurturing of the family. 






TGP Accreditation


Corina Dekker, Director / (305) 446-0846 / / 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

DCF License #: C11MD0470