Our Mission

Children First Learning Center is a ministry of First United Methodist Church in downtown Gulfport.  At the Learning Center, all families are welcomed and valued. We strive to provide a program that is inclusive, culturally diverse, and designed to meet the needs of our community.  We want every child to experience and share the love of God and to take that love with them into the world.  

What We Offer

Beginning August 2018, we will provide childcare in a full-time, year-round program for children from 6 weeks to 2 years, with the goal of building a full pre-k program within the next three years.  We support the essential nurturing provided by parents. Our emphasis is offering experiences closely related to those your child has at home.  We build on the uniqueness of each individual child.  We provide a safe and stimulating environment to further strengthen your child’s quest for independence and self-confidence.

  • Enrollment applications can be filled out and returned to First United Methodist Church of Gulfport with a $125 registration fee.


    Questions? Email our staff: childrenfirst@fumc-gulfport.org

  • Tracy Corrick

    Tracy Corrick has over twenty five years of experience working with young children, with the bulk of these as an early learning center director. She founded Gulfport Academy Preschool in 1994 and spent two decades as their director. Tracy feels called to this ministry, and FUMC is pleased to have her lead this program to new heights.