Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

The Bethlehem Centers of Nashville Early Childhood Education Program serves children 6 weeks through 12 years old.  We enroll children without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, or disability.  Our primary purpose is to provide high quality early childhood care and education at an affordable price and a convenient location.

We are a state licensed three star facility, representing the highest state ranking in quality childcare.  We use separate curriculums for toddlers and preschoolers to foster learning through play while building skills for elementary school and beyond.  We focus attention on early literacy skills, writing, reading and fostering a lifelong love of learning.  In our Afterschool and Summer Discovery program for school age children, we work to reinforce school lessons and build social and emotional development skills.

The majority of our students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.  They are at risk for falling behind in school and all the challenges that come with living in poverty.  We work remove some of the challenges they face by providing healthy meals, having clothing and diapers available, and helping parents find community resources as needs arise.

Youth Development
Contact: Steve Fleming, Family Resource Center and Youth Director
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The Bethlehem Centers Youth Development Program offers several areas of opportunity for youth ages 12 to 18 to learn skills that will positively influence them personally, academically, and professionally. These programs provide such skills as hands on job training through summer internships, drug and alcohol prevention, self esteem building, and health and physical fitness.
Slammin Jammin City Camp: Serving youth ages 13 to17 years old
Program offered June through August of each year
The Slammin Jammin City Camp offers a comprehensive curriculum that concentrates on the history and development of our great city. It also provides a camping adventure, academic enrichment, sports and recreation, swimming, other field trips and more.
Vocational Success Institute (VSI):  Serving youth ages 16 to 18 years old
Program offered June through August of each year
The VSI Program provides job training and readiness skills for youth interested in workforce and career development. Students are trained for a number of weeks before being placed within a local company where they learn hands on what it is like to be in a real work environment.
Say Yes To Success (SYTS): Serving youth ages 9 to 17 years old
Program Dates: Sessions meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays
A drug and alcohol prevention and intervention program for youth.
STARS of Bethlehem Club: Serving middle school aged youth
Program Dates: During the School Year
The STARS of Bethlehem Club reinforces academic achievement and the importance of a healthy lifestyle by providing tutors, educational and cultural enrichment activities and physical fitness programs
Just Between Girls:  Females ages 9-14 years old
A program designed to help young and adolescent girls with life skills, manners, etiquette and areas of prevention.

Volunteer Opportunities
Contact: Amber Williams
Communications Coordinator
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Bethlehem Centers of Nashville uses volunteers in all of our programs.  In the early childhood department, we pair children with adults and teens for tutoring, both during the day and afterschool.  We hope these pairings are more about building relationships than just instruction.  We encourage volunteers to come and read to individuals, small groups, or classes. We invite volunteers to come in for special one day activities.  We also are looking for individuals who are interested in being a mentor to the youth in our program.
Tutor & Lunch Buddy- This is an on-going volunteer opportunity. The volunteer will work one-on-one with a Pre-K student, helping to increase literacy skills. The project is an hour with two sessions - the first is the 30 minute tutor session then the volunteer is encouraged to have lunch with the student.
ECE Helping Hand- Help clean and organize the childcare area to assist in creating an atmosphere conducive to learning and nurturing young minds.  A little help from a volunteer is always appreciated!
Volunteers can come weekly, monthly, or just one time.  Every visit is special.

Bethlehem Centers of Nashville.
Early Childhood Education
Contact:  Rachel Parker
Early Childhood Education Program Director
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August 2017:  Welcome Dakotas Conference UMC where Rev. Rebecca Trefz is the Campaign liaison, and the Minnesota Conference where Rev. Lyndy Zabel is the liaison.

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Spring 2016: We are delighted to welcome the Rev. LaVeatrice Crockrum as liaison with Birmingham Region (Alabama) of CME, and Ms. Judith Yohane representing AME Malawi Central, Malawi North, Malawi South, Central Zimbabwe, Northeast Zimbabwe and Southwest Zimbabwe Annual Conferences!

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