Oakhurst Child Development Center has been providing quality child care in the Kanawha Valley since 1973. We are licensed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services for 95 children ages 1 to 12 years old. The Center is a mission of the First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston, and is governed by the Child Development Center Board appointed by the church Session. Oakhurst is a nonprofit organization. 

Our program is designed to provide a happy, healthy, and nurturing Christian environment for our children and staff. We provide a variety of structured learning activities, supervised free play, nutritious balanced meals, and loving adult care. Our center is especially equipped for small children. The enclosed playground has equipment for large and small msucle development in the fresh air. Our building meets state requirements for health, sanitation, and fire safety.

We accept children without regard to race, color, creed, sex, nation of origin, sexual orientation, or marital status of parents.


Our Location

The center is housed in the Education Building of the First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston at 508 2nd Avenue, South Charleston, WV.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to provide high-quality, affordable child care while retaining high-quality staff trained in early childhood education and child development.  We partner with our more than 80 families to support our children as much as possible during their early developmental years. 

  • We emphasize communication between our families and your child's care providers. Ongoing communication can bridge your child's two worlds — home and child care. We use monthly calendars and notes from teachers as a primary way of communicating.
  • Midyear and end-of-year assessments are provided to note your child’s progress over the school year. Parent-teacher conferences are encouraged.
  • We work with Kanawha County Schools Early Intervention program and West Virginia Birth to Three to provide screening and special care and education for children with developmental delays.
  • We provide children in our care with nutritious meals and snacks. The center is enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program through the USDA. We follow USDA food and serving guidelines to ensure that children’s nutritional needs are met.


Our Staff

Our staff members are well-trained in the needs of preschool and school-age children.  We use a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children in our preschool and pre-kindergarten programs.