But it is the day care facility that parish officials consider the gem of the facility.
Sacred Heart already has a pre-school program for children 3 years old and over. Parish officials decided while planning the facility that what they really needed was a day care center for children between the ages of six weeks and 3 years.
"Charleston has such a huge demand for day care," said day- care director Dawn Snyder. "You could open one downtown tomorrow, and it would be full."
Nine children have enrolled in the program since the day-care center opened Oct. 28, but the center's four classrooms have a capacity of 52 kids.
"We were late [in the season] getting started," said Sadie. "A lot of kids were enrolled somewhere else who had intended to come here."
Staff are confident the center will eventually be filled.
Snyder said everything about the day center has been planned with the safety, physical and emotional growth of the children in mind. Fifteen adult staff members will be on hand, and each child will have the same primary care teacher during their stay at the center.
Each classroom has its own child-sized sink and toilet, and furnishings were specially picked with safety and learning in mind. There's an outside playground especially designed for little hands and feet and the educational needs of small children.
The facility even has its own laundry and kitchen facilities. Snyder said the menu is designed to provide healthy nutritious food, and features dishes like couscous and salmon.
"The kids love it," Snyder said.
Parish leaders said the facility will be an important component for the local community and help meet the needs of local parents and children.
"Every day, about 1,000 kids are dropped off [at Sacred Heart]," Hoyer said.
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