Newton Center

Newton Child Development Center

This month we are highlighting the Newton Child Development Center which was started in 1903 by the Presbyterian Board of Missions. It was originally the Newton Normal Institute and served as a parochial school for Africa-American children. In 1932 the Newton Normal Institute was closed because public school had become available. It then became Newton Community Center and finally Newton Child Development Center. It was originally located in the basement of Leonard Street Presbyterian Church. It was moved to 135 Grove Street in 1913.  In 1953 the building was destroyed by fire and it was moved back to Leonard Street Presbyterian Church. In 1955 Newton reopened in a new one-story brick building in the same location. In the fall of 2015 Head Start was approved and renovations began. Head Start occupies three classrooms and Newton has two. Newton has a nursery called the McMillan Nursery named after our very own Mary McMillan. The center is governed by a Board of Directors who are volunteers from the community. The center is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services. They undergo inspection by the Health Department and Fire Marshall. They are classified as a 3-star program. Newton is managed via a contract with the Children’s Home/Chambliss Shelter.

Newton Center is an educational day care facility located across from College Hill Courts.  Our goal is to provide child care during the parent/guardian's hours of employment, schooling, or job training.   Children are served from six weeks through five years.

We currently have a member of New Hope who serves on the Board of Directors at the Newton Center.  She keeps us appraised of ongoing needs.  We are currently providing them with baby formula. Chruc member often read to the children.  For more information, check the sign up sheeet in the Narthax.

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