Embattled Child Care Program Finds New Life
By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
Chattanooga, TN (WRCB) -- Emily Nasca can breathe a little sigh of relief.
A few weeks ago she learned her child care center is a fire danger. After our story, seven different churches reached out to help.
Brainerd United Methodist Senior Pastor Dennis Flaugher said, "The more I looked at the program the more I thought, this could be good for her and for us."
The child care program at Brainerd United Methodist shut down years ago because the church couldn't afford it.
But Flaugher always had plans to bring it back.
Now all the employees, and most of the kids from the old facility will come here, home to pre-k through 6-year-olds, with enough room for Emily's program to double.
"They really wanted us and want young families and young children," says Nasca.
Young families like Megan Honeycutt.
She works for child care program at the church and takes 8-month-old Iaasic to enjoy the toddler room when possible.
She says as a working parent, she saw opportunity in Trinity's misfortune.
"It is always disheartening when you have to pick up and move but for us it is a wonderful thing," says Honeycutt.
Now as the countdown to the moving date begins, Flaugher said he's sure the partnership will be what the church needs for growth.
"To have a daycare was one of our dreams so I thought this may be a chance where means and opportunity come together," says Flaugher.
The program will move to the new facility in December and classes will start January.
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