About US

Advent Christian Child Care provides ​an atmosphere for children to grow. We also offer opportunities for home, church, and school to work together in developing and meeting the children's needs.

We feature developmentally-appropriate programs that teach the students new concepts about the world and themselves.

Welcome to Advent Christian Child Care Center serving children ages 2-12 years!

The Advent Christian Child Care Center is a ministry of the Mechanicsville Advent Community Church. 

A five member Board of Directors, appointed by the Church Executive Board, governs the Center. 

Our purpose is to provide to our community a Christian environment in which children can grow spiritually, physically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

Our objectives as a Child Care Center are:

• To provide a Christian environment for your child’s growth in all areas of his/her development.
• To help the child develop Christian values and character.

• To help the child achieve readiness for public school.
• To provide the child with experiences in group activities and self-expression with those of his/her own age.
• To provide opportunities for church, school, and home to work together in meeting and developing the child’s needs.

Our philosophy reflects our understanding children need play and learning activities; and through developmentally appropriate practices they discover concepts of God, His creation, and His ways. 

We hope to assist each child in answering “Who am I?  Who are you?  What is the world like? And how do I relate to my world and the people in it?”

Daily activities will be developmentally appropriate for all age groups and provide opportunities for teacher-directed, self-directed and self-chosen tasks and activities.

An Administrator/Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the Center and partners with the Assistant Directors and the other Center teachers to ensure a safe environment, and a loving and secure atmosphere during the most formative years of a child’s life.

As a non-profit organization, our Center’s financial operation depends entirely upon the weekly income from tuition.

The Center is licensed by the State of Virginia and is periodically inspected by the Department of Social Services. 

We adhere to all state health and safety regulations and are also inspected by the Hanover Health and Fire Departments. 

Please refer to this website and the Parent Handbook if questions should arise concerning our policies and procedures. 

 If you have any questions that are not answered, please feel free to call our office. 

Thank you for the opportunity to minister to your family.


~Advent Christian Church Child Care Board

Frequently Asked Questions

Center Hours


7:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Full day students), Monday through Friday. 

7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Half day students), Monday through Friday.  

Holidays: The Center closes on the following holidays: 

Friday before Labor Day (Staff Training)

• Labor Day 

• Thanksgiving Day 

• Friday following Thanksgiving 

• Close at 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve 

• Christmas Day 

• Friday following Christmas if it falls on Thursday.

• Close at 3:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

• New Year’s Day

• Memorial Day 

• July 4th 


If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the Center will be closed on the Friday before the holiday.   

If a holiday falls on Sunday, the Center will be closed on the following Monday.   

Full weekly tuition is paid for weeks containing holidays for full-time and part-time students.

weather related closings



During periods of extreme weather (such as heavy snow and ice) and when conditions are hazardous, Advent will close. 

Conditions can dictate whether or not the Center closes early, has a delayed opening or closes for the entire day. 

In the event of a weather related closing, Advent will make every effort to notify you with as much advance notice as possible. 

We will attempt at least two avenues by which to notify you, either by:

• E-mail.                                                                

Make sure we have current e-mail addresses.

• WTVR, CBS, Channel 6 News.                   

Please watch for our Center to be listed.

• Remind 101 text messaging system. 

 Enter this number 81010 into your contacts. 

 Then text this message:  

 @)0f095 to 81010 and follow the prompts from Mrs. Pam Dicken. 

This is a one way message system. If you sign up for this you will receive messages by text from our Center.

• By cell phone text message

NOTE-->If we are closed for a weather related event, parents are required to pay for the first day of closure.   If we are closed for two consecutive days, parents will not be charged for the 2nd day.