Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

7 am - 6 pm

You may not drop off your children prior to 7 am.  If Kanawha County Schools are closed because of severe weather, we will open at 7:30 am.

An automated call will be sent to the primary phone number listed for your child.

Please be sure this number is up-to-date.


Our Center is closed the following holidays:

• Labor Day
• Good Friday
• Independence Day
• Thanksgiving
   (Thursday and Friday)
• Memorial Day
• Christmas Eve
• Christmas Day
• New Year's Day


Our Philosophy

At Gateway Christian Education Center, we believe that children learn through play. All children have the right to developmentally appropriate curriculum to support their learning style and ability. We believe that staff must support the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual needs of the children in our care. We believe that children learn best when they have quality trusting relationships with their caregivers, and that there must be an open line of communication with parents about their children's development and needs.

The Gateway Christian Education Center curriculum is a relationship-based program. We believe that healthy brain development depends on secure, trusting relationships with caring adults. We believe that children learn best by caregivers being role models for appropriate behavior rather than telling children what they should do. We firmly believe that positive guidance helps children to gain control of their behaviors, build good self-esteem and promotes a good atmosphere for trust and conflict resolution. These are the key components of healthy group living and sharing.


Our Mission

The mission of The Gateway Christian Education Center is to provide safe, affordable child care and education for children of all denominations ages 6 weeks through 12 years.  The faith-centered program incorporates morals and values that remain with the child throughout life.  Our mission is to help each child develop to their maximum potential in their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development by:

  • Appreciating each child as a unique individual capable of learning and contributing to the community.
  • Respecting the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleagues).
  • Helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust, respect, and positive interactions.


Our Staff

At Gateway Christian Education Center all of our staff exceed the minimum 18 hours of training required by the West Virginia State Licensing Bureau.  The following are other requirements for our staff:

  • Background check
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Registered with WV Stars (State Training Agency)
  • 18+ continuing education yearly
  • ACDS (Apprenticeship in Child Development Specialist)
  • WVIT & WVIT 2 (West Virginia Infant and Toddler Training)

Co-Directors – Kayla McDaniel and Sommer Robinson