Welcome to Progressive Union Child Development Center
Progressive Union Child Development Center strives to serve our families with excellence, providing quality education and childcare that is competitive with other Christian Child Development Centers throughout Huntsville, Alabama.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 am – 6pm.
The Child Development Center will be closed in observance of government holidays as well as scheduled teacher work days and staff training days. Please see CDC Manager for more details. Our Center follows the Huntsville City Schools calendar for inclement weather and emergency closures and delays.
With the beginning of the new year 2018, we will begin implementing core classes. A concentration on Music, Spanish, Computer, Art, and Library will take effect. Watch this space. The PUMBC CDC will be orbiting new ground.
A few highlights from Teacher Appreciation Monday – Our Teachers Deserve a Hand Tuesday- Just Popping in to say Thank You Wednesday – “Thanks for helping us Bloom” Thursday – […]
PUMBC CDC announces its Summer Camp… June 4-July 27, 2018. Registration Fee: $25. Weekly Fee: $100.
The PUMBC CDC is looking for sponsors to HELP a child attend Our 2018 Summer Camp Program. If you have a desire to sponsor a child, please call Mrs. Dorothy […]
The Child Development Center at Progressive Union MBC serves Infants 6 weeks to 4-year-old. We have chosen the ABeka© curriculum for students ages two through 4. We believe ABEKA is a most outstanding and well-rounded program available. It is thorough, detailed and structured. It ensures that your child will be taught new material at each level, while reviewing previously taught material. This approach provides continuity and reinforcement in the learning process. Most importantly, ABeka allows our teachers to concentrate on what is most important – your child.
The curriculum starts at the age of two with language development and listening skills. This includes color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, Bible Study, safety manners and science. Skills also include beginning math skills with simple counting 1-25 and number concepts 1-10.
In both the twos and threes age groups, arts and crafts are incorporated with projects focusing on colors, shapes, following directions, hand-eye coordination, and music lessons.
In the Pre-K 1 and 2 classes, ABEKA focuses on the recognition of name; sound and picture of long and short vowels; consonants; sounding out blends as well as one and two-vowel words. The Pre-K ABEKA curriculum also encourages reading short sentences and stories with one and two-vowel words. The Pre-K 2 class also works on handwriting skills, number skills with counting 1-100, and number concepts 1-20, and Bible Study continues. Arts and Crafts helps to develop motor skills with drawing, coloring, cutting and gluing. Our After School Program for school age children provides a mean for development through spiritual devotional time, help with homework, life skills, free play, and reading adventures.
We offer seasonal camps. Our Camp Programs are available during seasonal school breaks and the traditional summer days.
We also provide Fall Break Camp, Thanksgiving Break (Camp Progressive), Spring Break Camp, and Summer Camp. We believe childhood and camp are about experiencing new things for the first time. Each camp provides a unique adventure where campers discover new things, explore their surroundings and marvel in the wonder of childhood. Bible Study is a big part of this adventure. Campers also get to spread their wings, gain independence and become a leader.
We are a part of the community and you can count on us throughout the year.
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Located in Huntsville, AL, our day care, pre k and afterschool programs strive to employ qualified teachers and staff that have college level studies or a degree in early childhood education or related field, and possess extensive knowledge of children’s behavior, growth and child development. We provide ongoing training opportunities, consistently study educational trends and work with professional organizations to strengthen our program. More so, we strive to meet DHR Guidelines and the Alabama Performance State Standards, making future transition of your child into any public or private school learning environments as seamless as possible.
I am Dorothy “JEAN” Thomas. I am a career long educator. I have been in education since I was 16 years old. I have been given numerous opportunities to serve in the field of education throughout Alabama and Mississippi. I have taught ages Kindergarten to Senior High School. I have certification for Highly Qualified and Master Teacher. I have both BS and M. ED degrees in Early Childhood Education. I am qualified in Education Leadership and I wrote the Common Core First Grade Math Lesson Plans for some of Michigan Public Schools. But my Love now centers around the kiddos at PUMBC – CDC. My Motto: “He who Opens a School Door Closes a Prison”, a quote by Victor Hugo.
Phalando Calhoun Sr
Explorer 1 Teacher
Hey! I'm Phalando Calhoun Sr., but I'm known by most as Coach Calhoun! I must say first and above all that my life is filled with God's Mercy and Grace. It is Jesus alone who is worthy of anything good that my life has produced! Well, I consider myself a small town country boy being born and raised in the small town of Dickinson, Al. I attended Midway Missionary Baptist Church where I discovered my love for singing and music. I attended Clarke County High School in Grove Hill, Al and graduated in 1997. I received a full vocal scholarship to Concordia College/University. I've been involved in education as a Teacher Aide and football coach for nearly 15 years.
A few of my favorites:
Season: football, lol
Book: Bible, KJV
I am a nursing student & is currently studying to be a RN (Registered Nurse) in Peds (pediatric). I love working here at PUMBC CDC as the Floater. I have been here for almost 3 months. The staff here are great to work with. I enjoy working with kids from infancy to Pre-k2 because their minds at this developmental stage in life are fresh and ready to learn new and exciting things. Right now I’m currently taking a CNA class this semester to enhance skills in becoming a better nurse. This coming January I will be finishing off my nursing program.
I am the youngest out of five siblings. I was born and raised right here in Huntsville, AL. I graduated at New Century Technology H.S. & did three years at Southern Adventist University. My mother is from Bermuda and my father is from Trinidad. I love the idea of helping those in need as much as I can and those that just may need a friend. I am so thankful God has blessed me with the gift of giving and a compassionate character. I pray every day that I put a smile on someone’s face. Whether it may be my contagious smile or my hilarious jokes. Look at what I just did, you just smiled. So keep smiling!
Fruits: Mango, banana, raspberry
Food: Pizza, Burgers & fries, Salads
Candy: Trolli sour worms (‘Berry Berry’ flavor)
Hobbies: Shopping, DIY crafts, Running
Drinks: Peppermint flavor & Apple cider
Songs: ‘Amazing’ by Hezekiah Walker & ‘Press’ by Tamela Mann
I’ve been teaching for 21 years throughout different Pre-k school settings as well as the Huntsville City School Systems. I find it a complete joy and strong desire to teach, love and create different avenues of life for young people. Catholic School as well as Montessori school teaching were 2 of my greatest challenging experiences as an educator but I passed every challenge and truly appreciate the Lord Jesus Christ for the loving staff and great people that I have shared my experiences with. The following schools helped to strength my background in education; Alabama A&M, Athens State, and the Child Care Central Center in Huntsville, Al. I have several years of training certificates for classes in the Pre-school program settings.
I have one son, Tyler Gosa, who’s a college student at Calhoun College. In 2018 he will seek to attend ASU or Stillman College with a Band Scholarship.
A Few of My Favorites:
- Pecan Pie
Sports & Team:
- Football – Dallas Cowboys
- O’ Charley’s
Assistant Teacher Infants
Hello! I am Krista Harville, the assistant teacher in the Infant Room at PUMBC CDC. I am thrilled to be a part of the child development center staff. I have a passion for teaching children, technology, and reading. I have a tremendous love for writing and my family is my biggest cheerleader. My favorite seasons are fall and winter. I am a January baby.
Crystal Coleman Cunningham
Greetings! My name is Crystal Coleman Cunningham.
I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana my family was relocated to Huntsville, Alabama in 1989.
I am a graduate of James Oliver Johnson High School. I worked 10 years as a American Board
of Opticianry Certified Optician before making a career change into banking. In the field, I
worked 2 years as a Teller at Regions Bank. I found both careers unfulfilling as deep down, I
always knew I was meant to be a teacher. I enjoy helping children learn and grow and feel
blessed to have found my place in my current role as After School Teacher and Lead Camps
Counselor at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church Child Development Center.
I joined the P.U.M.B.C. family in 1991 at the age of 14. There I have served as a member of the
Young Adult Choir and currently serve as the Liturgical Dance Ministry Leader and
Choreographer. I stared the Progressive Union Primary Dance Ministry. Under my leadership the
ministry has grown from only 10 members to over 30. I also serve as a volunteer for the “In Tune
Youth Ministry”, so now, I am happy to add Progressive Union MBC employee.
I am married to the hardworking Fredrick Cunningham, owner of C’s Lawn Maintenance and
Landscaping and Lead Night Cook at O’Charley’s restaurant. This year we celebrated 18 years
of marriage. We have four sons, Christopher age 25, Deontez 16, Tristian age 11 and Dallas my
baby is 9.
When I’m not teaching I enjoy traveling, baking, sewing, reading and my greatest joy of all is
spending time with my family.
Pre – K 1 Lead Teacher
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My name is Jeanne Moore and it has been a pleasure serving at the Child Development Center, Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church. Children are my joy. I am always happy to see their faces light up with enthusiasm.
I am a native of Bermuda, but have been living in Huntsville, AL for over 29 years. I have five beautiful children, Maurice who is a policeman in Atlanta, Jaurice who is in the army and will be deployed to Kuwait this coming January, Maurisha who is a certified medical assistant, Mauria` who loves to work with computers, and Alisha who will be finishing up her nursing program soon.
This will be my 11th year here teaching the Pre-K1 class. I have a BS in Early Childhood Education. Teaching is the greatest gift that God has ever given to me. I am truly blessed.
A Few of My Favorites
Color: Yellow ‘sunshine’
Food: Salad & fish
Song: ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus’
Book: Anything with encouraging words in it.
Sport: Swimming & baseball
Lead Teacher - Infants
Hi, I’m Ms. Fearn,
Lead - teacher in the infant room at PUMBC - CDC. I recently retired from Huntsville City Schools after 33 years working with Special Needs Children; that job was one of the highlights of my life; to see the joy on their faces when they accomplish a task they didn’t know they could do. I truly enjoy being with the infants, every day is a learning experience.
I’m a member of Chelsea CDCA where Terrance Haley is Pastor. I’m a native of Huntsville, a divorcee, a mother of 3 adult son’s & 5 grand-children.
Hello! I am Frances Bell, a member of Progressive Union and the Culinary Manager at The PUMBC – CDC. I love to read and I am a member of a book club called “Sister to Sister – Brother to Brother at the Public Library. I am a fan of the dance, “Chicago Stepping”. I love the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburg Steelers Football teams.
Pre – K 2 Lead Teacher
My name is Mrs. Coleman. I was born in Miami, Florida and raised in a household of 11 children and 3 adults in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our family was re-located to Huntsville, Alabama in 1989.
A Little About Me
My lifelong passion is to nurture and teach children. At the age of ten I organized a neighborhood club (B.A.B.Y) Better Association Between Youngsters which lasted until I was 17. I worked for the Y.W.C.A. Junior Jills; I was a Girls Scout leader, Campfire Boys and Girls Leader. I worked with AWANA and I presently teach Children’s Church.
I have been a teacher here at Progressive Union for about 19 years. I am currently the Lead Teacher of the Pre-K II class here at Progressive Union. I started off by being a Substitute Teacher. After being hired as a full-time teacher I worked as Lead Teacher in the two-year old classroom for eight years, and then I worked as Lead Teacher in the three-year old classroom for two years.
I was married to the late Lloyd J. Coleman. We have two beautiful daughters. The very creative and talented Crystal who is the After School and Summer Camp Teacher here at Progressive Union and the charming Tricialyn who is the Director of Nursing at Magnolia Trace, Rehabilitation and Assistant Living Community. Through them I have been blessed with two son-in-laws, seven grandsons and one granddaughter.
A Few of My Favorites Color: Blue
Book: The Elves and the Shoemaker Song:
Nobody Greater Than You Desert: Ice cream
Past Time: Watching HGTV & Life Time