Child Enrichment Ministries

Over 25 years ago, St. James UMC saw the need to have quality preschool program in our neighborhood and city. They rose up and meet that need with the creation of the St. James Learning Center. Over fourteen years ago it was noted that quality afterschool care for elementary children was needed by our families and community. The Elementary Weekday Ministries was born.  Over the years these two programs have grown and changed to meet the needs of the families and community.    

Today St. James Child Enrichment Ministries is the guiding force for the Learning Center and Kids LIFE programs. The Learning Center serves children ages 6 weeks – 5 years of age.  The Kids LIFE offers quality afterschool care for kindergarten through 5th grade. During the summer months Kids LIFE extends this quality care to children who have completed 6th grade. The Child Enrichment Ministries operates as a ministry of St. James United Methodist Church.  It is guided by a well-qualified management team. 

Ashley Minchew
Child Enrichment Ministries Director
Leah Phelps
Kids LIFE Director
Rebecca Looney
Child Enrichment Ministries Site Supervisor

The Learning Center is licensed through Arkansas Department of Human Services and is accredited by Better Beginnings.  We have achieved quality approval status for a developmentally appropriate program from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education in the State of Arkansas as well as a 3 star rating for Better Beginnings.  The 3 star rating is the is the highest rating achievable and we have been voted Best of the Best for Child Care Center by the readers of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Kids LIFE is an accredited program with the Arkansas Department of Health.  The program has been recognized nationally as a Healthy Out Of School Time Site with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  In November 2014, a new playground for elementary age children was completed.  Kids LIFE obtained its Better Beginning Rating of 1 star in October 2014.


April 6, 2020 Kids LIFE Returning Summer 2019 Participants (siblings cannot register today) (Monday 11am – 5pm)

April 6, 2020 Kids LIFE After-School 2019-2020 Participants (siblings cannot register today) (Monday 4 – 6pm)

April 7, 2020 St. James UMC Church Members *and* Siblings of Kids LIFE Summer or After-School, and Learning Center participants (Tuesday 9 – 9:45am)

April 7, 2020 Open to Public (New to Kids LIFE Ministry) – I will have a sign posted on the outside door with how many spots we have available per grade (Tuesday 1 –2pm and 4 – 6pm)

Please see below for more information about the Learning Center or Kids LIFE.