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Our History

Due to a shortage in child care facilities in the early 1990's in the downtown business district of St. Petersburg, and in response to the needs expressed by many working parents , Christ United Methodist Church decided to open the Hortin Child Development Center. It is so named because of Paul R. Hortin who had been the pastor here for many years, and who always wanted to start just such a service for the community. The school actually opened its doors on September 30, 1991. It is licensed for up to fifty-two 2-6 year olds through Pinellas County License Board.
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Location and Directions

We are located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida a short distance from Interstate 275 (and spurs I175 & I375). The school is situated in the back of Christ United Methodist Church on 1st Avenue North between 5th and 4th Streets North.

Our address is:
467 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Get a map and driving directions of our location.

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Hours of Operation

The Center is open year-round 6:30AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday.

The Center will always be closed for major holidays listed below (if there is a reason to close for any other days, you will be given sufficient notice).

  • New Year’s Day


  • Memorial Day


  • Independence Day


  • Labor Day


  • Thanksgiving Day and Friday


  • Christmas Eve / possibly 1-2 other days


  • Christmas Day
We provide longer hours than many centers; we do this to fit varied family schedules and career demands. In case of emergency, if you know you will be picking up later than the stated hours, please call us to let us know.

Note: If parents arrive for pick-up after 6:15PM, there will be a $10 late fee to be paid in cash at the time of arrival. There will be an additional $15 fee for each quarter hour,or part thereof, until the child is picked up.
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Toilet Training

Hortin Center will assist in the process of toilet training our 2 year old children. Parents are responsible for providing disposable diapers/pull-ups and the center will provide wipes(unless your child requires special wipes.) The child will be considered toilet trained after a month of using the bathroom facilities and of no "accidents". No child may move to the 3's room until and unless he/she is 100% trained.
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The Staff

You will find the the long-term Hortin Staff to be professional and courteous, as well as experienced. All have either a teaching degree, AA degree, or the CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential. All staff continue their own education with at least eight hours of training a year as well as keeping their First Aid and CPR credentials updated.
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Community Involvement

The school participates in a number of community related projects throughout the year.

November
  • Collect non-perishable foods for ASAP.

December
  • Collect coins in a piggy bank to buy Christmas gifts for a needy family in the community and for Toys for Tots.


  • Sing carols for retirees at Princess Martha.

Spring
  • Collect items for Operation Shoebox.

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Testimonials

"Thank you for nurturing such a loving environment. It has given us peace as we go to work every day."

Linda & Steve L.

"Thank you seems too small a sentiment for all you do."

Sharon W.

"To hand over our most precious possessions and comfortably walk away, one must have trust and faith in that person's abilities. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there with our children day in and day out."

Alicia R.

"Being a parent is one of the most fearful challenging times, but knowing our sons were safe in your care made that part of parenting easy."

Lori & Chris G.

"You have helped to mold her socially, spiritually, and educationally."

Kay K.

"You can tell how much you all care for our children and we appreciate the love you show them in our absence. Thank you!"

Kyle & Kristeen N.

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Our History

Location and Directions

Hours of Operation

Toilet Training

The Staff

Community Involvement

Testimonials

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