Children's Enrichment Center 

A non-profit daycare program for children 10 weeks to 4 years old.

About The Children's Enrichment Center

First-Centenary Children's Enrichment Center is a non-profit full day program for children ten weeks to five years old. The Children's Enrichment Center was established by the church to serve its members and the community at large. It is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Children's Enrichment Center, through its trained experienced educators, offers an educationally sound and creatively exciting place for children to grow and develop. By meeting or exceeding the adult to child ratio set by the state, each child is assured of close supervision and attention. They will be given the opportunity to progress at their own rate, gaining a positive self concept and a healthy Christian outlook on their ever expanding world.

The Children's Enrichment Center follows a Reggio Inspired Emergent Curriculum which is a non-traditional style of teaching that presents children with the gift of discovering the world around them by encouraging them to explore life through their own interests and passions. It is "child lead" or "child based" learning as opposed to "teacher directed" learning.

Inside the bright, cheerful classrooms, the equipment is scaled to fit the child's needs. Outdoors, the playground fosters growth, development and creativity. The relaxed inviting atmosphere of the Center helps in maximizing the child's potential as well as making the child's transition from home to /child care an easier one. The basic policies and administrative responsibilities of the Center are under the direct control of a governing committee comprised of First-Centenary United Methodist Church members and the Center's director.

General Information 




Age Range

8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Arrive by 8:45 for morning snack
Drop-off is 8:00 - 9:30 each day
 (423) 265-9736
We enroll children ages 10 weeks through 4 years


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Do you believe children are strong and capable? Want to help them build life skills and promote wonder and inquiry in a warm, nurturing environment? The Children’s Enrichment Center at First-Centenary may be the place for you!

With full and part-time positions available, we are in search of dependable, energetic, and enthusiastic candidates to join our team. Our staff is hired in compliance with the state requirements and qualifications as a base minimum. When hiring educators we take a lot into consideration such as experience, education and dedication as we know every educator brings their own strength and professional growth with them once they are hired. We also believe that one hires not only by education but also by the heart. We believe the Children’s Enrichment Center staff is a family and a team and when an educator is hired they understand this is a profession and a commitment as we are raising the future. We have a strong belief in professional development that exceeds the minimum state requirements.

• Thirteen holidays off, as well as spring, (mini) summer, and Christmas breaks.
• Full-time employees receive a benefit package.
• Pay: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour

Required: Must pass a background check and drug screening.

Call 423.265.9736 or email for more information.


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Meet The Team

Tonia Taylor


Erica Huggins

Assistant Director

Tonia Taylor


Tonia received an associate's degree in Applied Science for Early Childhood Education from Chattanooga State in 1994. She is also a 2008 Graduate of the Early Childhood Leadership Academy. Tonia has been at the C.E.C. for 31 years. She started working in the classroom in 1993, and for 14 years she was the Assistant Director/Curriculum Coordinator. Tonia became the Director in May of 2016. She is excited to lead the center as they strive to enrich the lives of young children, build relationships with families, and watch their children grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually throughout their time at the Children's Enrichment Center.

Tonia lives in Hixson, and has a fur baby, named Solomon (miniature Schnauzer) that helps to keep her active. She is very active in church, and with the ladies Sunday morning life group. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, thrifting, antiquing and relaxing on the porch.

Tonia’s goal as a Director and educator is to encourage, support and inspire the children that come through the C.E.C. doors. She hopes to instill lifelong learners!

Erica Huggins

Assistant Director

While attending Chattanooga State for her associate’s degree in teaching, Erica came to the Children’s Enrichment Center to do field work. She was a nanny for four years for a family whose children attended the C.E.C., and she knew it was a wonderful program. Erica was welcomed to observe the preschool classroom and later offered a part-time job. As the children she cared for got older and she spent more time at C.E.C., she began to realize that early childhood education was her passion. Erica's plan had always been to teach elementary school, specifically second grade. But she learned over the last few years that God had a different plan for her all along.

That part time job turned out to be her calling and she is grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing program dedicated to enriching the lives of young children. After teaching the preschool class for four years and implementing an emergent curriculum, Erica fell in love with the philosophy behind it.

As Assistant Director and Curriculum Coordinator, she works closely with the teachers at C.E.C. on implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum from ages six weeks to five years, while instilling values, passion for learning, and a love and appreciation for God and the world around us.