a home away from homeWe understand that when you drop your child off with us, you are trusting that they receive the level of care and attention that they would receive at home. We do our best every day to make that happen.
College Park United
Here at College Park United, we pride ourselves in being an open and loving community of faith whose mission is to love big on those within our reach, including our wonderful littles at the CDC. Our Child Development Center is one of the most cherished aspects of our church, providing us with joy, light and wonder. Our school is a ministry of our church, although we certainly do not discriminate against any other faith-based backgrounds.
Child Development Center
We are a full-time childcare facility (7am-6pm) that uses curriculum-based learning and developmentally appropriate programs to give your child the best care possible. Our mission is to accept each child as a unique individual, blessed with talents and gifts, worthy of recognition and praise, and to provide each child a safe, loving and effective Christian environment that promotes growing and learning in the light of His love.
Who We Are
Our Wonderful Staff
We are a community of educators and caretakers who have a passion for children and, while we have lots of fun with the kids, we take their growth and learning very seriously. Our staff is made up of a diverse group of people from different backgrounds, with different strengths, to help your child thrive in a classroom environment.
Merrill Frailey is best known for her glowing smile, energy, deep faith and positive take on life. Merrill received her accreditation for Life Coaching from CTA, Coach Training Alliance, an ICF Accredited School. Merrill became an ordained pastor in 2015 and is thrilled to be appointed as the Senior Pastor at College Park United Methodist Church.
Hello, I’m Rosemary Ubinger your new director at the College Park Child Development Centre. I have more then 15 years of diverse experience in childcare, my passion for connecting with students, families and staff has allowed me to use my skills in early childhood education, while balancing compassionate and misson-driven guidance in faith-based programs. I hold a bachelor’s degree i business from University of Central Florida and a Florida director credential with VPK certification since 2014. I look forward to work each day since the Lord is always challenging me to learn something new.
CDC Administrative Assistant
Dana begain working for CPUMC’s Child Development Center in 2013 as a classroom teacher. Her experience of owning her own childcare business in her home state of Rhode Island, led her to begin helping out in the front office. Two years later, Dana took over the front office. Dana is so loved by the students, they think she lives in the office and ask her often if she sleeps under the desk. Dana is a mother to 2 adult children and a grandmother.
Room 1 (1s & 2s)
About Ms. Lopez
This will be Mrs. Lopez’s ninth year teaching at the CDC. She has been working with children for the last 23 years. Mrs. Lopez is married with two kids of her own and is also a very proud grandmother of two grandsons and one granddaughter. She continues to pursue her Child Development Associate Credential through her education classes and is also CPR/ First Aid/ AED certified. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and attending church.
Room 2 (1s & 2s)
About Ms. Nelky
I am Mrs. Nelky and this is my eleventh year teaching at the CDC. I have been working with children for 40 years. I have my Child Development Associate Credential, VPK certification, and my CPR certificate and speak both English and Spanish. I continue to pursue my education classes beyond the required 45 DCF hours and attend the annual FLAYEYC conference. In my free time I enjoy traveling to Puerto Rico with my husband Joe, our son, grandson and granddaughter. I also love the beach!
Room 4, Pre-K
About Ms. Kari
Ms. Kari has been teaching preschool for over 15 years. She has been with the CDC since 2009 and enjoys working with all ages. She has her National Child Development Associate (CDA) and Director’s Credential from Tallahassee Community College. During her free time, Ms. Kari loves spending the day at the beach with her husband and two busy boys, reading thrillers, working in the yard, and riding her baby blue bike around the neighborhood. Some of Ms. Kari’s favorite activities in the classroom are singing fun songs during group time, creating special themed snacks with the children, and watching each child grow and learn in a safe environment.
Room 6 (Pre-K)
About Ms. Anne
This is my first year at CDC and I am thrilled! I have enjoyed over 20 years of teaching experience in preschool and Pre-K at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. I attended Marymount College in Arlington VA..
I have an Advanced Level CDA and my Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. I am dedicated to providing a well rounded educational experience for your children through my commitment to my own continued education in the field. I grew up in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. My husband and I transferred to Florida in 1982. Together, we raised three children and have 8 beautiful grandkids. During my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, and family visits. My favorite things to do in class are silly songs, story time, and Science experiments.
Room 7 (2s & 3s)
About Ms. Maxine
I am Ms. Maxine and I‘m from San Diego, California. I moved here to Orlando in January 2000. I have been at the CDC for 15 years. I feel very blessed to be part of a Christian school. I have my Florida Staff Credential (CDA) and Director‘s Credential that I obtained from Orlando Technical College. I am married and have two sons. I am very excited and feel blessed to be working with your child as they continue to grow in their learning. I enjoy reading, listening to music, going to the movies and spending time with my family.
Room 8 (2s & 3s)
About Ms. Mary
I am Ms. Mary, and this is my tenth year at the CDC. I am a Florida native, born and raised in Winter Park. I have been working with children for 31 years. I have completed a CDA in Early Childhood Education, my 45 hours of DCF training, and an additional 20 hours of in–service training every year. I feel so blessed to be able to work with your child during this very important time in their life. I love to go to the beach, swim, go for walks, and spend time with my grandchildren.
About Ms. Rachel
I am Ms. Rachel and I recently graduated from UCF with a degree in psychology. I started working at a preschool in high school and have 5 years experience working with younger children. I have always enjoyed working with kids. would like to continue my education and enter the behavior therapy field to work with children on the spectrum.
About Ms. Daniella
Hi, I’m Daniella! I was born on Ocotber 3rd 1990, in Jersey City, NJ. I lived in Manhattan NYC as well as Puerto Rico for the first 5 years of my life, before returning to New Jersey where I grew up until the age of 22. I”m the second oldest of my 4 other siblings, three of which are 11-18 years younger than I.
I realized how much I enjoyed working with kids in 2011. while attending Saint Peter’s University for Criminal Justice and Ivestigative Sciences, when I became a nanny. A year later I started working in the preschool world. I work with many great familes here and NJ.
Life took be back to NJ in 2018, and then I came back to Florida in 2020. I now am part of the CDC family and the experience has been great. I hope to become a Forensic Psychologist specializing in Psychologist Evaluations in Child Protection Matters.
Room 10 (3s & 4s)
About Ms. Andrea
I am Ms. Andrea, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, and now an American Citizen. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and have been working with children for over twenty years. I have been with the CDC family for nine years. I continue to educate myself by attending regular in-service classes and the annual FLAEYC Conference. I have one son; enjoy running, dancing, reading, and watching movies. I love children dearly and will continue to teach and nurture them to the best of my ability.
Room 11 (3s & 4s)
About Ms. Lori
Lori is a preschool teacher here at the CDC. She has been employed with CPUMC since 2016. This is her 15th year teaching in early childhood education. She has studied and worked in many different fields such as law, medicine, and early education. Lori believes that teaching preschoolers allows her to be herself, to be in touch with her inner child, and to use her imagination to help provide her students with an exciting curriculum. Lori was born in Boston, raised in Pennsylvania and lived in South Florida for many years before calling Central Florida home. She is married and has two amazing teenagers who keep her busy with their extracurricular activities. In Lori’s free time, you can find her at our theme parks, the movies, or shopping. Lori is very happy to be part of the CDC family and your child’s teacher.
Ms. Jennifer M.
Room 11 (3s & 4s)
About Ms. Jennifer
Ms. Jennifer is going on her fifth year here at the CDC. She has been working with children for about 14 years and still can’t imagine a more rewarding job then this one. She is originally from Beaufort N.C., is married and has 3 children (Christopher 16, Conner 10, and Taylor 6) and 3 stepchildren. Some of her hobbies include reading, cooking, music, and spending time with her family. She currently has her DCF 45 hours and her CDA. She’s super excited at the prospect of a sensational new year.
Baby House Supervisor
About Ms. Annie
Annie was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and moved to Orlando in May 2006. She has been working with children for over 12 years. She has completed all her DCF classes and has been happily married to the love of her life for over 13 years, and they have a baby boy. She also loves spending quality time with her family and friends. She has a passion for traveling and exploring. Traveling is a fascinating way to discover and learn new things. She also enjoys cooking and going to the beach. The opportunity to teach children is truly a gift and privilege given from God.
About Ms. Maria
Ms. Maria is in her first year here at the CDC. She is originally from Mexico. She has 10 brothers and sisters. She has lived in the United States for over forty years and became a U.S. citizen 10 years ago. She has been married to her husband Frank for over 30 years and has 4 children and a dog named Rocco. She has been working with children for 2 years. She enjoys working with children and is happy to be a part of the team here at the CDC. Some of her hobbies include planting her own vegetables, crops, and plants. She especially enjoys tending to her orchids.
Baby House, Room A
About Ms. Marlys
Marlys is from Dominican Republic. She has been in the US for 31 years. She has two children; Isaiah, who is 18, and Lumaris, who is 16. She has been working with children for 13 years; she has been with the CDC since 2016. Marlys has her 45 DCF hours and is CPR/ First Aid certified. She also works at her church with children and has been doing that for 8 years. When she is not working, her love is going to the beach, church, cooking and eating, but her passion is spending time with her friends and family.
Baby House, Room B
About Ms. Evelyn
Ms. Evelyn is joining the CDC this year. Ms. Evelyn was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. She is the second oldest of six children. She moved to Puerto Rico with her family in 1966, she lived there most of her life. She graduated from Technological College of Bayamon PR in 1982, with an associate degree in Nursing. She got married in 1982 to Francisco and they have three children and two grandchildren. She was a stay home mom until her children grew up. In 2006 she decided it was time to go back to work. She analyzed all her talents; and decided to share all her love and experience in child development. God gave her the opportunity to do what she loved most, which is caring for babies. So, she started a new journey in her life in working in infant care. She has been fortunate to work with infants from 6 weeks to 10 months old for over 10 years. She can‘t see herself doing anything else. She loves working with babies, helping them with their development and needs in a warm and nurturing environment.
Baby House, Transition Room
About Ms. Hollie
Ms. Hollie has been with the CDC for many years. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, she is happy to call this home. She completed her DCF state-mandated courses and is CPR/ First Aid certified as well. Her dream is to one day become a Kindergarten teacher here in Orange County. When she’s not working, you‘ll find her either at the beach, in a canoe, gardening, drawing, or watching scary movies. Her big passion is her 120-gallon fish tank. “I’m happy to be with the school. The love I have for children brought me here. Being with children lights up my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m looking forward to a great new school year! What’s better then teaching, reading, singing, dancing, being silly and doing arts and crafts? Oh yeah-Giving and receiving all this LOVE!”
About Ms. Carrie
Ms. Carrie is excited to start her 4th year here at the CDC. She is CPR certified and has her 45 DCF hours. She has graduated from Valencia and is now attending UCF to get her bachelor’s in education. She loves working with children of all ages. In her spare time, she likes photography and hanging out with friends and family.
Room 3 (1s & 2s)
About Ms. Kim
Ms. Kim has worked in Early Childhood Education for 23 years. She currently has her CDA and has been at the CDC since May 2019. She is looking forward to teaching and getting to know the children and their parents.