Welcome to Grace Education Ministries (GEM). We are happy to have your family as part of ours. GEM is a non-profit community service located within Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC). It is part of the church’s ministry with children. GEM is licensed by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and meets State and County requirements and regulations for health, safety, nutrition and program. GEM has an opendoor policy for all families. Parents are free to stop in at any time during normal business hours. We are NAEYC accredited, Level 4 Paths to Quality provider. The Division of Family and Children:1-317-232-4468, and Child Care Information Line: 1-877-511-1144.
We believe a child’s love for learning begins with positive early learning experiences. Our objective is to provide safe, loving care that will enable young children to feel secure and comfortable while away from parents and home. It is also to provide developmentally appropriate activities within a Christian environment. The program at GEM includes quiet as well as active times to ensure positive mental, physical and emotional, social and spiritual growth and development. Our program is planned to prepare children for school by providing activities for listening and following directions, activities for getting along in a group, and by providing many language and learning experiences. Our program incorporates the zoo-phonics program as well as weekly themes. We include prayer before meals and a weekly chapel. Through these activities, we expose the children to a loving God, and to Jesus, who sets an example of how we should treat others.
GEM serves children between the ages of infant and six who may benefit from our program. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, but children are admitted any time during the year, provided the total enrollment has not been met. GEM will not admit or maintain any child whose needs obviously cannot be met, or whose behavior would be dangerous for the children or staff in the center.