Center had been part of Havelock for 40 years

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM.

Competition from other corporate daycares in the area also has had an effect on the private center, she said.

"We’re not able to offer kids computerized learning," Rogers said. "And, we don’t have packaged curriculum, and those are things that parents are looking for these days. They want their children to start getting an education very, very early. We’re not able to provide those kinds of things."

Jim Elder was on the ground floor when the daycare got started 40 years ago. He said it opened when civilians working at Cherry Point learned they would no longer be permitted to use base daycare facilities. He said the base’s commanding general called the church and appealed for help.

"There was a pretty limited number of organizations in the city of Havelock at that time who could take care of those additional children, so we had an emergency meeting at the church to see what we could do," Elder said. "At that time, the manager of the daycare center on the base agreed to assist us in anyway she could and we got off the ground with a daycare center in three days."

As more parents began working, the need for early childhood daycare increased, leading to more facilities and more regulations, Elder said.

"We performed a necessary service at the time, and that time has passed," he said.

Rogers said that the church is considering alternative uses for the fellowship hall, eight classrooms, kitchen, two bathrooms and office space that are part of the facility.

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