Bethlehem Community Child Dev. Center - Winston-salem NC Five Star Center License

(336) 722-6264
8 Reviews

About the Provider


The Bethlehem Center of Winston-Salem, a 5-Star Early Childhood Education Center, serves a vital need for low income, working parents.

Tuition is based on income and the Bethlehem Center is one of a few local centers that offer tuition on a sliding scale. We participate in a variety of voucher programs.

The facility also welcomes private pay clients

and offers a diverse experience for children ranging from 3 months old to 4 years old.

There are also before and after school programs for children ages 5 through 12 years old, and a full featured summer enrichment program.


The Bethlehem Community Center organization code with the United Way of Forsyth County is #104. Please support the Bethlehem Community Center by designating your approaching United Way pledge with this code. Your contribution will be forwarded to the Bethlehem Community Center as requested

Additional Information:

Five Star Center License

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 200
  • License Number: 3451073
  • Age Range: Infants to 4
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: Yes
  • Type of Care: After School, Before School, Daytime, Full-Time, Part-Time
  • District Office: North Carolina Dept of Health and Human Services - Division of Child Development
  • District Office Phone: (919) 662-4499 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

Where possible, ChildcareCenter provides inspection reports as a service to families. This information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed. We encourage families to contact the daycare provider directly with any questions or concerns, as the provider may have already addressed some or all issues. Reports can also be verified with your local daycare licensing office.

Inspection Date Classification* Inspection Type Score (out of 235 points)
2018-03-19 Superior Sanitation Inspection 225
2016-11-18 Superior Sanitation Inspection 222

*The following scale shows what the different sanitation ratings mean.
Superior -- 0-15 demerits, no 6-point item
Approved -- 15-30 demerits, no 6-point item
Provisional-- 31-45 demerits, or a 6-point item
Disapproved-- 46 or more demerits, or failure to improve provisional classification
Summary Disapproval-- when right-of-entry to inspect is denied, when an inspection is discontinued at the request of the operator, or when a water sample is confirmed positive for fecal coliform, total coliform or other chemical constituents.

If date of inspection is more than 9 months old, call the facility directly to ensure this is the most recent report available.

If you are a provider and you believe any information is incorrect, please contact us. We will research your concern and make corrections accordingly.


Former employee Dec 13, 2018

This is strictly from an employee stand point, my experience at this center was far the worse experience I have ever had working in a childcare center. The management is so lack and so unprofessional. The management as a whole is rude and disrespectful to the employees. For my experience I was never truly welcomed at the center I was personal told by the director and assistant director that I was treated different because of my skin color this was one of the many reasons why I left. I have never been so disrespected in my life. I came to Bethlehem with high hopes for a better work environment because I had heard good things but once starting at Bethlehem it was nothing but a disappointment and lack of professionalism with the management team. I have hopes that the concerns are addressed that have been expressed on this site and that no ones else will have to go through what I went through. 


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Current parent Dec 03, 2018
I have used this provider for less than 6 months

I am a parent of a two year old and also have a third grader who attended here for years. This center was in distress before Mrs. Debra took over. I have never had an issue with the teachers or the management staff. To the two employees that are so dissatisfied with the management staff I have one question for you.......why are you still working there if you hate it so much. It is employees like you that give the center a bad name and you both should be fired. Mrs. Debra.....I support you 100% and think you need to weed out these bad apples. Keep up the good work.

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Chanel White Nov 14, 2018
I am an employee

I presently work for Bethlehem and I am very upset because I have a degree and my salary is not close to $14.00 an hour. Ms. Dbra is a unfair, unprofessional, crooked director. In order to become EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH you have to either snitch on teachers or beat a child. One time I was out sick a couple if days and Ms Lara used my vacation time to cover my sick days WITHOUT my permission. Brittane was out on maternity leave and received a FULL PAYCHECK and her vacation time was never used. When Mrs Debra family doesn’t come to work their time is NEVER deducted. Ms. Baker wanted a certain teacher fired for pinching babies in her program and Mrs Debra promoted the teacher to management and never fired the teacher. Bethlehem is a non-profit organization therefore I know that there are thousands of dollars in checks that are mailed in to Bethlehem on a MONTHLY basis because it was shown to me by a management staff. I don’t know why Mrs Debra will not pay her teachers the amount they deserve because the money is there to make it possible. Maybe we can get a raise of Mrs Debra stop biying new homes every year perhaps we can get a raise. I am curious to know on a directors salary with a retired husband HOW is it possible for her to buy 3 new houses in 3 years along with new cars? Unless Bethlehem provides their directors with these incentives. I have noticed that arpund the 15th of each month the management staff is very happy and is eating luxury lunches. Could it be possible that 15th is when those checks arrive to Bethlehem? Another concern i have is that there are at least 4 employees that have been employed at Bethlehem for over 42 years and their salary is less than $13 an hour when Mrs Debra granddaughter Taylor have never worked in childcare and have no education have been promoted to management and her salary is more than employees who have been there over 40 years????? These are facts. Also why have the accountant never caught Mrs Debra over charging parent? If a parent make a partial payment Mrs Debra goes back into the computer and delete it so that the parent would have to make a double payment the next month. Not to mention these parents are on government subsidies and why would Mea Debra do this to them? Oh I forgot they are black. In the Early Head Start there have been several children on the roll that Mea Debra received funding for but those children never ever attended. That is FRAUD and Head Startt is a federal funded program so how is Mrs Debra getting away with this. Just like someone took the initiative to investigate the former management team it is clearly that Mrs Debra needs to be investigated and the teachers need their raises.

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Former Employee Nov 05, 2018
I am an employee

This center is to provide an educational foundation for children in our community. In last 4 years the front office staff was rebuilt and replaced by Debra and her family. First of all Debra(white) hired her best friend Laray (white)to be the assistant director with NO education. Laray is from Nebraska and she hates African Americans. Belinda (black) has a degree was hired to work the front desk because she is black and knows how to relate to African Americans. Laray(white) made more money than Belinda(black) thats one reason Belinda resigned. I never ever saw Laray hug, kiss, or cuddle with an African American child so why is she employed in OUR COMMUNITY. Laray ONLY hugs and cuddles one child and that child is white and the parents are friends of Laray. Laray always make racial comments to employees and it does get reported to Debra. Bethlehem is being operated by a bunch of RACISTS individuals that came from Lexington to hold our African Americans back from their education by kicking children put the program. This family SHOULD NOT be operating Bethlehem.

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Sara Oct 09, 2018
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

Today my 2 year old son and 5 month old daughter were KICKED OUT , yes kicked out of daycare because for the past WEEK my son has been coming home with scratches, marks, bruises, and a KNOT a little smaller than a golf ball on the back of his head. Each day I pick him up his teachers ALWAYS has a negative comment to say: “he was too loud,” “he was running around (being bad)”.... thinking to myself “you are teachers and being paid more than 300 monthly to care for children , why can’t you control running or yelling?” My son was then SUSPENDED for 2 days because of this. TODAY as I was getting my son from school he had yet ANOTHER scratch on his face, I then asked his teacher what happened and she replied, “he did it himself”. I said ok and walked away to head out of the door. As I was walking out of the door I see his teacher MS. SHAUN go to tell the director that I WAS BEING RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL but she was whispering trying to make it where I could not hear her. I walked back towards them and they stopped talking. I then told the director I was aware that Jabez teacher was talking about me and was I able to join the conversation. The director then told me she WOULD NOT talk to me and    Her teacher is the best! I was told to leave and I did. I called the police to try to help the situation and understand why I couldn’t speak to the director. About 5 minutes after speaking with the officer the director told me my daughter and son WERE NO LONGER WELCOMED BACK. Now I have to find another daycare for my kids and somehow be out of work.

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George M. Mason Dec 01, 2016

I attended kindergarten at Bethlehem Center in 1959-1960. After that, I participated in their after school program from 1964-1966.

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Carol Wilson Sep 16, 2016

Bethlehem is awesome, the teachers and staff are awesome. I worked at Bethlehem centers office in 88-89 teachers and staff were great.

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Bonita Scarbrough Oct 04, 2014

This place holds a special place in my heart. I was in high school, when I started working here. This was in 1985. I loved going to work here. To this day I still work in the childcare field. If it was possible I would go back to where it all started for me. Congratulations Bethlehem community centre you have come a long way.

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