The Growing Place News and Updates


Welcome! Bienvenidos!  Please take a moment to view some of the latest information on all things The Growing Place, where we celebrate the blessing that is our children every day!





The Incredible Years®

Free Parent Workshop!

This fall, The Growing Place (TGP) is partnering with Family Central/Children's Trust to offer an 11-week parent workshop, free to TGP and FUMCCG families.

The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, designed to work jointly to promote emotional, social, and academic competence and to prevent, manage, and address behavioral and emotional challenges in children aged 1 to 3 years.  

Every Wednesday, September 11 through November 20th, the workshop will meet at the Head Center from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Childcare will be provided at no charge, and the workshop is free to FUMCCG and TGP families.  

To register, call Janeiry De Jesus at 305-749-8601.




The Growing Place Distinguished With Prestigious Accreditations

TGP Accreditation

First UMC Coral Gables is proud and excited to announce that our very own The Growing Place (TGP) Early Childhood Center is an accredited program through the United Methodist Association for Preschools (UMAP). UMAP accreditation is widely recognized by The Department of Children and Families (DCF) as evidence of a high-quality care center for early childhood education.

As further testament to the superior educational quality of our preschool, TGP has also been awarded DCF’s Gold Seal Accreditation, which acknowledges childcare facilities whose standards reflect the highest quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children. To learn more about these accreditations, please visit and


TGP Accreditation


Corina Dekker, Director / (305) 446-0846 / 

DCF License #: C11MD0470