History of the Child Care Center
In the mid-1980's, longtime members of First Presbyterian Church Dan and Mary Chapman saw Sunday
School classrooms remaining empty during the week and had a dream that they could somehow be used
to help families in need.
Fast forward ten years to the 1990's and the Outreach Committee's search for a church mission that met
a community need. The two ideas intersected when Paul Ronningen drew attention to the need in
Bismarck for affordable, quality infant and toddler care. The classrooms could be filled during the week
with a child care center fulfilling a church mission.
With the direction and guidance of Pastors Mark Bayert and Glenn Ramsey, that dream did come true.
A Child Care Board was created with Glenn Ramsey, Kathy Henriksen, Bertie Bishop, Kim Hocking, Paul
Ronningen, Judy Ruzicka, and Paul Sandness, chairperson, serving as the original members. The Child Care Center was begun with a start up fund from the Memorial and Endowment Committee along with financial gifts from members of the congregation.
A director, Shawn Stettner, was hired on June 15, 1995, and she began the work of preparation to ready the center for operation. The First Presbyterian Child Care Center was officially opened on August 1, 1995, as part of the church's outreach and mission work.
The center assists families of all income levels while its primary focus is to assist the less fortunate in the community.
Child Care Center Staff
First Presbyterian Church Child Care Center is currently seeking full-time and part-time child care providers to join our staff.
Full-time Hours: 10 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday
Part-time Hours: approximately 25 hours (afternoons) per week
Pay: $11/hour + eligible for benefits after 90 days.
Location: 214 East Thayer Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501