Child Care Center

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the Mt. Carmel Child Care Center!

We are a small child care center and preschool licensed for 22 children. Our loving staff lead the children in multiple learning activities throughout the day. Our motto is, “You are a Star at Mt. Carmel Child Care Center.” Often children join us as toddlers and are here until the start of kindergarten. In checking with our “child care graduates,” they have all been fully prepared to start their academic careers. We foster a love of books, music, and cooperation.  Come check us out.

Brenda Wetzel, Executive Director

About Us

Mt. Carmel Child Care is a small non-profit center serving toddlers (16 to 33 months) and preschoolers (33 months to 5 1/2 years old).  We are open year round and accept full- and part-time students. We have been in existence for over 27 years. Our loving, dedicated staff offers stability through their longevity, as most have been with us for over 3 years. The varied curriculum covers all areas of school readiness in addition to a faith component which continues to be developed and enriched.

We are open five days a week from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Large indoor play area
  • Community playground within walking distance
  • Music instruction
  • Weekly show-and-share
  • Field trips
  • Scholastic book orders

Morning and afternoon snack provided. Lunch provided by family.

Meet our Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Mt. Carmel Child Care Center is excited to announce the immediate appointment of Brenda Wetzel as the third Executive Director of the Center. Brenda succeeds Jeanette Burmeister, who led the Center for twenty-seven of its now twenty-nine years.

Brenda has been at the center since 2004, working first as a Toddler and Pre-School Teacher. In 2008, she was promoted to Lead Teacher, and in 2017 was named Assistant Director. Upon Jeanette’s retirement, Brenda served the Center as the Interim Director.

Prior to coming to Mt. Carmel, Brenda worked over a period of seven years in a variety of both for profit and non-profit child care settings. She has a Liberal Arts Degree from North Hennepin Community College. When not at Mt. Carmel, she is at home in Fridley with her husband Shawn and their three boys Nicholas (age 15) Joshua (age 13) and Oliver (age 7). All 3 boys attend the Spring Lake Park school district and stay busy playing football as well as soccer.

In announcing the appointment, Jeremy Wendt, President of the Board, said, “Brenda brings all the energy, skills, and commitment to offering safe, affordable, quality child care to the Mt. Carmel Child Care Center that we were looking for in our next Executive Director. She is ready to build on the long,
rich history and outstanding reputation of the Center cultivated by Jeanette Burmeister for so many years, and to take the Center into new and exciting directions for the future.”

Pastor John Strommen said of Brenda, “I believe she is ready for the challenge and is already leading with eyes wide open. Brenda is experienced, qualified, talented, proactive, and humble enough to be a learner. Therefore, I endorse the recommendation of Brenda for the permanent director position.”

The Mt. Carmel Child Care Center is one of the largest and longest-running outreach ministries of the Mt. Carmel congregation, serving 30-35 families at a time, with spaces for 21 children in both toddler and pre-school care. The Child Care Center is one of the important ways that the church’s gifts are unleashed through porous boundaries to link the church to God’s work in the world.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.

    16-33 months old3 - 5 years old


    Tuition Rates & Fees

    Effective March 1, 2020


    Waiting List Enrollment Deposit – $100.00 (to hold a space for up to 6 months)
    This can be applied to the 1st week’s tuition. If no space comes available, we will refund the deposit. If a space comes open, and the family chooses not to enroll at that time, the deposit is non-refundable.

    One-Time Registration Fee – $50.00 ($100.00 total max per family)
    Due with other required paperwork.

    Late Payment Fee – $10.00 per week over 10 days late

    Returned Payment Fee – $20.00 per payment returned

    Family Discount – 10% off on the 2nd child when two or more children are registered at the same time

    Late Pickup Fee – $5 for first 5 minutes, $1/minute thereafter

    Tuition for Toddler Program

    Full Day (5 days) – $265.25/week
    Full Day (3/4 days) – $59.25/day
    Full Day (daily) – $63.50/day

    Half Day (5 days) – $176.75/week
    Half Day (3/4 days) – $36.50/day
    Half Day (daily) – $38.50/day

    Tuition for Pre-School Program

    Full Day (5 days) – $249.00/week
    Full Day (3/4 days) – $58.25/day

    Full Day (daily) – $62.50/day

    Half Day (5 days) – $157.25/week
    Half Day (3/4 days) – $32.50/day
    Half Day (daily) – $34.50/day

    Download a PDF of the 2020 Tuition Rates and Fees.