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Gertrude Remmel Butler Methodist Child Development Center

The Gertrude Remmel Butler Methodist Child Development Center (GRBMCDC) is dedicated to providing quality child care in a loving and educational environment for children six weeks to 12 years of age. The CDC is a non-profit facility and is governed by a Council of Directors which meets on a quarterly. The Council is comprised of both church members and parents. Under the direction of the CDC Council, the Center improved the quality of early care offered to young children. The CDC is Three Star Better Beginnings Center awarded by the state of Arkansas. This is the highest award that Arkansas offers.

Our History

Before 1988, the Child Development Center was in the nursery area of the First United Methodist Church-Little Rock serving around 75 children.  The present site of the CDC was an auto parts store, which the church bought to "tear down" and "put up a parking lot".  Due to the inspiration of a creative lady (Mary Katherine Raper) and a visionary committee, a request was made to the Senior Pastor to build a day care center on the property instead, and the rest, they say, is history!  Members of FUMC went in debt 21/2 million dollars to build the current facility which opened in March of 1988.  In 1991 Richard Butler endowed the Center for $250,000, and the building was named the Gertrude Remmel Butler Child Development Center of First United Methodist Church-Little Rock.  Mr. Butler served on the Budget Committee for many years, setting the tone for the future and ensuring that its programs would remain viable and stable for generations of working parents in downtown Little Rock.  Volunteers continue to serve the Center.

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Our Administrative Staff


Infant/Toddler Coordinator

Preschool/Pre-K Coordinator

School Age Coordinator

Assistant School Age Coordinator

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Assistant Coordinator

HR/Admissions Director

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