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St. Martin's Drop-In Nursery


If you have children ages eight weeks through four years and are in need of on-the-spot child care, St. Martin's Drop-In Nursery is here for you. We are open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are not required; however, space is limited based on safety ratios. We charge an hourly rate. The ministry also provides free child care for families volunteering within the parish or attending worship services.

Established in 1972, the Drop-In Nursery is an outreach ministry of St. Martin's. Our purpose is to provide excellent and engaging on-the-spot childcare. Our safe and caring environment helps children develop social and preliteracy skills. We have been recognized twice by Palmetto Parent Magazine as the best Drop-In in the community.

We are located in The Commons, St. Martin's 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Christian formation and ministry building constructed and dedicated in 2013. Our classrooms are arranged by age group along Rainbow Hall on the first floor. Enter the building from the double doors located at the drop-off canopy in the back parking lot. When dropping off your child, please enter the parking lot from Clemson Avenue and depart through the Winthrop Avenue exit.

The nursery is directed year-round by Kathy Lentz, who has overseen this St. Martin's ministry for the past 32 years.

For more information about the St. Martin's Drop-In Nursery, contact Kathy Lentz.



Due to the global coronavirus pandemic,


MONDAY-FRIDAY, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Director Kathy Lentz by email.

St. Martin's Drop-In
5220 Clemson Ave.
Columbia, SC 29206

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