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Women open day care, preschool at church

Youngsters ages six weeks to 12 years have a new home-away-from-home at SonShine Christian Children's Center in Crossroad Community Church, west of Ellsworth.

The center is to hold a grand opening next Monday and will be operated by caregivers Theresa and Roxanne Hewitt. The former, who has 40 years of experience as a day care provider, will serve part-time in the classroom and part-time in the kitchen, while the latter will be in the day care half-days and in the office half-days, eventually serving as administrator full-time.

They and their families have been preparing for this effort since April, they said. Theresa's husband, Chuck, has built cabinets and shelves, and Roxanne's husband, also Chuck, has installed fencing. The younger couple's daughter, Cassie, age 18, will help with the cooking.

"The pastor told us he had space here that wasn't being used," Roxanne Hewitt said Friday, referring to Crossroad Pastor Matthew Anderson, who regards this as another form of ministry, she added.

They agreed with him about there being a demand for a day care and preschool, knowing of no other similar center in the community. Theresa Hewitt said they're licensed for up to 30 children, including the preschool, with the possibility of expanding to 50 in the future. The center takes advantage of facilities in both the main church building and an adjacent separate structure, with an equipped outdoor playground nearby.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 8.