WOODSTOCK — Passion for child care and making a positive impact on families within the community are core values that Eric and Sharla Boatright say they live by.
And with that in mind, the couple has leased a building at 240 Shenandoah St. in Woodstock to bring the community Sons and Daughters Academy, a nonprofit day care center.
The couple said they hope the center will be open by Dec. 1, but they’re taking applications for enrollment for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.
“We’ve been doing day care for 12 years. We started in Georgia and moved up here for ministry,” Sharla Boatright said. “We’d been doing day care out of our home for about four years, and then we decided it was time to open something like this.”
The day care center falls under the umbrella of Sons and Daughters Inc, the nonprofit ministry that Eric Boatright directs. His wife serves as the ministry’s secretary and administrator and will serve as the day care center’s administrator, as well.
Once open, the center will provide child care services from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They hope to be able to accommodate about 100 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, and to have about 10 classrooms.
Sharla Boatright also said the center will accept social services and that the center will be on a U.S. Department of Agriculture food program, which will provide nutritious meals.
There will be cameras in the classroom, and at some point, they hope to offer parent-accessible cameras.
“We just want to be able to provide a peaceful and loving environment for these children and their families,” Sharla Boatright said. “I know it’s a scary time for everyone right now, so if we can guarantee these people that their kids are being taken care of, that’s all that matters.”
Sons and Daughters Academy will use the faith-based curriculum Abeka, which is used by Christian schools and homeschooling families.
“The children are taught about God and Jesus in that curriculum,” Sharla Boatright said. “No doctrine, just the basics.”
She said that opening the facility has been their goal. It began with a passion for helping children grow and receive quality care, but it’s also a service that she said she believes pays dividends in other aspects of the community.
“I have always had a special place in my heart for children. I love to see kids grow and learn things about God and take that home to mom and dad,” she said. “Our heart and passion for this community is family, and we feel children have a major impact on their family. If you can have an impact on a child’s life, then you can have an impact on a family’s life.”
As renovations and remodeling get underway, anyone wishing to volunteer their time or make any donations can contact the center through its website at www.sonsanddaughters.org, through their Facebook page at Sons + Daughters Academy, or on Instagram at @Sonsanddaughtersacademy. Contact Sharla Boatright at 540-848-6845 or email@example.com. Donations are tax-deductible.