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Our History

With thankfulness for the blessings of the past and trust for the Lord’s guidance for the future, we echo the praise printed in the Central Pulpit in 1970: “To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done!”

Founded on September 1, 1970 

Our names

  • Central Day Nursery
  • Central Learning and Day Care Center
  • Central Learning Center


  • 6311 Poplar Avenue, Memphis,  TN from 1970-1981
  • 6655 Winchester, Memphis, TN from 1981-2002
  • 2005 E. Winchester Blvd, Collierville, TN from 2002-present


  • Pauline Driver from 1970-1982
  • Faye Thompson from 1982-2007
  • Ron Blackard from 2007-2016
  • Bubba Beloate from 2017-2019
  • Sarah Kebschull from 2019-2020
  • Deborah Pafford from 2020-present

Ages of children in our care.

  • 1970 | Care for 2-6 year olds was offered on a “drop-in” basis year round.
  • 1976 | Care for 2-4 year olds required enrollment for specific days instead of on a “drop-in” basis. 
  • 1978 | School age care, now known as day camp was offered in the summer for the first time. Limited care was also offered for school age children during the school year. 
  • 1980 | Summer Day Camp for school age children offered 10 weeks of care.
  • 1983 | School age care expanded to before and/or after school care. Transportation was provided to and from area public schools. 
  • 1984 | Care was offered for the first time for infants and toddlers. 
  • Present | Year-round care is offered for children ages 2-5, School age care (kindergarten- 5th grade) for before and/or after school is offered during the school year, School age children who have completed senior kindergarten through 5th grade may also enroll in our Day Camp during the summer months.