Contact Us:

Angie Amenta
Preschool Director
The Growing Place
1221 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301

304-342-0192 Ext. 220

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Since 1989, The Growing Place has offered quality preschool services in the Charleston community.  What began as a small, part-time preschool program has since grown to a full-time program encompassing both preschool and child care services.

The Growing Place offers preschool for two, three and four year olds who are not eligible for WV Pre-K.   The Growing Place is a collaborative for WV Pre-K children who will be four prior to July 1.  Early drop-off and after care services are available for all ages.   The Growing Place undergoes regular inspections conducted by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, and the State Fire Marshal.

The Growing Place is governed by the Preschool Advisory Council.


At The Growing Place, we strive to provide high-quality early care and education in a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment.

We recognize that the needs of children are diverse and that each child learns at his/her own pace.  We strive to create a classroom environment in which all children can thrive and learn while focusing on 4 key areas: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. We believe that children learn through play and devote a substantial portion of each day to play-based and hands-on activities.  Our teachers prepare and lead activities as well as support child-initiated activities that encourage children to:

  • Interact socially with peers and adults
  • Express creativity and curiosity
  • Become more independent
  • Develop a good self-concept
  • Demonstrate self-control by regulating their emotions
  • Solve problems using language skills
  • Strengthen physical skills using large and small muscles
  • Develop a healthy attitude toward school and authority

Our Classes

2-Year-Old Class

Often, preschool is a child’s first experience away from home.  At The Growing Place, we recognize this and work with parents to make a smooth transition.  We strive to turn tears into smiles by helping children develop a sense of love and belonging.

Our teachers use Creative Curriculum and the WV Infant/Toddler Early Learning Standards Framework as a guide for preparing a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities daily.  Children in the 2-year-old class learn to share, take turns, and use words to express their emotions.  An emphasis is also placed on self-care skills such as dressing, toilet training, brushing teeth, washing hands, and eating with utensils.

3-Year-Old & 4-Year-Old Classes

The Preschool classes are more structured than the 2-year-old class and focus on building the foundation of skills needed for success in the Pre-K program.

In these classrooms, we approach learning and socialization through play and hands-on experiences with art, music, and manipulative materials. Teachers prepare developmentally appropriate activities based on the principles of Creative Curriculum and the content areas set forth by the WV Early Learning Standards Framework:  Social &Emotional Development, Language & Literacy, Math, Science, The Arts, and Health & Physical Development.  Activities are both teacher-directed and child-initiated.

Children in Preschool classrooms learn to make new friends, cooperate with others, regulate their emotions, follow directions, and solve problems independently.

WV Pre-Kindergarten

The Growing Place is a Kanawha County Schools collaborative site. We offer a high-quality Pre-K program led by a trained and certified teacher. Each child must be 4-years-old on or before June 30, 2024, and have an application and required documentation on file with Kanawha County Schools in order to participate in this program.

In the Pre-K class, children build on the skills learned in the Preschool classroom and focus on Kindergarten preparation. Our goal is to help children develop self-confidence and a “can-do attitude” while following rules and routines and making wise choices.

Many learning opportunities are available throughout the day and most often occur in the form of play. Teachers in this classroom also provide both large and small group instruction using Creative Curriculum, the WV Early Learning Standards Framework, Growing Up Wild and the PATHS curriculum.

2-Year-Old Openings
3-Year-Old Openings
4-Year-Old Openings
Pre-Kindergarten Openings

Register Now for the 2024-2025 school year!

Contact Angie Amenta, Preschool Director to inquire about our waiting list.


To register your child, please complete and submit the following forms along with a $30 non-refundable registration fee.

In addition to the forms listed above, the following documents must also be submitted prior to enrollment:

  • Copy of Most Recent Health/Wellness Exam
  • Immunization Records
  • Copy of Health Insurance/Medicaid Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Signed Parent Handbook Acknowledgement

*Please note – The registration process is not complete until all of the required paperwork has been submitted and the registration fee has been paid.

Hours of Operation

We are open Monday thru Friday 7:45 am – 5:30 pm.

Children must arrive by 9:30 am.  Sign-in will not be permitted after 9:30 am without a doctor’s excuse.

The Procare APP

All of our classes use the Procare mobile app as a primary means of communicating with families throughout the day. With Procare, teachers can share announcements and reminders as well as information pertaining to each child’s routine care and activities such as meals, naps, playtime, and learning. Families may also view photos, videos, and message teachers in “real-time” with any questions or updates.

The Growing Place Gallery


“We were so thankful and impressed with our experience with The Growing Place from daycare through Pre-K. We appreciate the focus on learning, but also know that our daughter was loved while she was there. She was well-prepared for Kindergarten and has continued to soar thanks to the educational foundation provided at The Growing Place. We will always recommend them to our friends and family!”

Julie Warden

“My son Beau attended The Growing Place from June 2018 – August 2021. We loved it from the moment he started! The employees at The Growing Place are wonderful and really cared about my son and family. Beau attended Pre-K, through Kanawha County, here as well. They really prepared him for Kindergarten. We both really enjoyed his time at The Growing Place!”

Jennifer Vickers

“Both of our children attended The Growing Place through Pre-K. We have recommended TGP to countless friends and will continue to do so. The staff members clearly love what they do and treat the kids like their own. The Director is fair, honest, and responsive to parents’ concerns. My husband and I both work full-time, and TGP was the only place we could find at the time that offered childcare early enough and late enough in the day that we did not have to worry about a lack of coverage negatively impacting our workdays. Our boys are well into their elementary years, but we still maintain friendships with so many of the staff and fellow parents we met during our time at TGP. It’s a special place!

Jessica Gardner

“Our son attended both Pre-School and Pre-K at TGP. He 100% loved it and made long-lasting friendships. The teachers and staff are premium people: smart, empathetic, and fun. He graduated Pre-K excited and very well-prepared for Kindergarten. We always think of TGP with great fondness and would recommend to anyone without hesitation.”

Josh & Sarah Kent

“There aren’t words to describe how grateful I am for TGP! My son spent 4 amazing years attending preschool, Pre-K and Summer camps at TGP. As an only child, I had hoped for a safe daycare facility that provided socialization but also education through play and TGP more than delivered. They offered themed crafts, kid’s yoga, cooking class, show-n-tell, nature walks, dance class and fields trip – my son’s favorite was to the local fire station to become a junior firefighter! The director and faculty care and were responsive to my questions and any concerns.  Also, permanent parent positions on the advisory board ensures that parents have routine input about the program. If you’re searching for childcare, give TGP at try! Although my son is now in Kindergarten, he still asks to go back to TGP – that says a lot!”

Natalie Terry


What are your tuition rates?2023-07-17T20:37:04-04:00

Click the link below to view our rates. Rates are subject to change.


How do I get the Procare App and what can I use it for?2023-07-17T18:51:01-04:00


All of our classes use the Procare mobile app as a primary means of communicating with families throughout the day. With Procare, teachers can share announcements and reminders as well as information pertaining to each child’s routine care and activities such as meals, naps, playtime, and learning.  Families may also view photos, videos, and message teachers in “real-time” with any questions or updates. Instructions for downloading and using the Procare app can be found in the Parent Handbook.

How can I donate to the Growing Place?2023-07-17T19:35:32-04:00

If you would like to donate to the Growing Place, please visit and choose The Growing Place as your designation.

Can I enroll my child online?2023-07-17T19:38:12-04:00

Enrollment forms are available for download via our Enrollment section of the website and must be downloaded and submitted via email or mail to Cindy Cash, Director of The Growing Place.

Cindy Cash
Preschool Director
The Growing Place
1221 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-342-0192 Ext. 220

Can I pay my bill online?2023-07-17T18:58:12-04:00

You can pay your tuition fees online and download your statements using the Procare app and login instructions found in the Parent Handbook.

What happens during inclement weather?2023-07-19T02:12:38-04:00

Occasionally, during the winter months, The Growing Place will be closed due to inclement weather conditions.  Generally, we follow Kanawha County Schools. If Kanawha County Schools are closed due to weather conditions, The Growing Place will be closed. If Kanawha County Schools are operating on a two (2)-hour delay, The Growing Place will open at 9:45am. All weather-related closings and delays will be posted on The Growing Place facebook page and the Procare App.

What are your hours of operation?2023-07-17T19:09:19-04:00

Monday – Friday 7:45am to 5:30pm. Children must arrive by 9:30am. Sign-in will not be permitted after 9:30am without a doctor’s excuse.

What safety measures are implemented in your center?2023-07-19T02:13:29-04:00

The Growing Place is located in the Education wing on the 2nd floor of Christ Church United Methodist. It is a secure area with key card access through a single-entry point during school hours. We have security cameras to monitor activity throughout the building as well as the playground and parking areas.

How do you communicate with families about their child’s day and things happening at the center?2023-07-19T02:13:53-04:00

We use the Procare mobile app to share information with families about each child’s daily care and activities. Monthly calendars and newsletters are also provided to keep families up-to-date on special days, events, or center-wide activities.

How many teachers are in each classroom?2023-05-20T00:49:22-04:00

In accordance with the Safe Sanctuaries policies of the United Methodist Church, The Growing Place maintains 2 teachers in each classroom at all times.

What is your illness policy?2023-07-19T02:14:49-04:00

The Growing Place reserves the right to exclude a child from attending the center when any of the following are present: Fever of 100.4°F or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed skin rash, mouth sores, abdominal pain, infestation such as scabies or head lice. The child may return to the program when he/she has been symptom free for at least 24 hours or a note from a licensed health care professional is provided stating that the child is no longer contagious.

Can I bring cupcakes for my child’s classroom to celebrate his birthday?2023-07-19T02:15:18-04:00

Because some children have food allergies, we do not allow families to bring any type of food or treats to share with classmates. Instead, the center will provide cake or cupcakes for all students at the end of each month to celebrate all of the birthdays that have occurred during the month.

Can I pack a lunch for my child?2023-07-19T02:15:55-04:00

All snacks and meals are provided by the center at no additional charge. We serve a snack each morning at 8:30am, lunch at 11:00am, and an afternoon snack at 2:30pm.

All meals and snacks are provided in accordance with the USDA’s Child and Adult Food Program. If your child suffers from a food allergy or intolerance, substitutions can be made based upon a recommendation from the child’s physician. A Special Dietary Needs form must be completed and signed by the parent and physician before any changes can be made. The form is available for download below.

Special Dietary Needs form

How long is nap time?2023-05-20T00:51:07-04:00

The children nap each day from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

How often do the children play outside?2023-05-20T00:51:59-04:00

The children play outside every day as long as the temperature is 40° F or above and there are no weather advisories in effect.

Do you offer tours of your facility?2023-05-20T15:34:42-04:00

You may schedule a tour with the Director by calling 304-342-0192 ext. 220 or by emailing Tours are typically scheduled between the hours of 9:00am-10am or 2:30pm-3:30pm.

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