2014_Inspirations_2332Inspirations Childcare and Preschool moved to its new location at 1005 2nd Street in Sully on Dec. 30, 2013, and began operating from the building a week later. Everyone in the community is invited to its open house on Thursday, Jan. 30 (rescheduled from Jan. 16 due to inclement weather), from 6-8 p.m. to see the transformation that has taken place. A dedication prayer will take place at 7 p.m.

Since 2007, Inspirations Childcare and Preschool has been serving area families and children by providing care and educational opportunities within the building of Sully Christian School. The childcare center operated out of three rooms in the school. The building suited the center well at the time; however, as time progressed, so did the need and desire to expand.

After much thought and prayer, the board members of Inspirations voted to move forward with relocation and renovation plans at 1005 2nd Street in Sully. The property was purchased in February 2013, and work began to transform the residential property into an inviting and accommodating childcare and preschool location . Inspirations Director Dawn Allbee reports the center utilized the expertise and labor of local contractors to create a sprawling, fully-equipped, spacious, and welcome place for children to play and learn while parents and guardians are at work.

Inspirations was licensed to care for 46 children at its former location within Sully Christian School where the children were split up into three rooms – an infant room, two- and three-year-old room, and the preschool room. Among the many benefits of the new building, the center is now able to utilize an entirely new room, the one- and two-year-old room. The additional space and accommodations allow Inspirations to increase the number of children it serves to 61. The number of staff members on the payroll also increased, and Allbee notes another staff member is expected to be added at the end of January.

“There are so many positives to the new building – being able to accommodate more families in the community, provide more jobs for the community, having the rooms we didn't have before, a bigger playground area including a separate area for the youngest kiddos, and being close to the main road for accessibility,” said Allbee.

Other benefits of the new center include a fully-equipped kitchen where the Inspirations staff  can prepare and serve nutritious meals and snacks from their own fully-equipped kitchen that provides plenty of storage and work space. Each children’s room, which is identified by the color of the accent wall, features ample storage space. Also, the new center boasts a separate director’s office that will also serve as a storm shelter with its fully-encased cement walls and ceiling, a 2014_Inspirations_2327comfortable staff lounge area, handicapped-accessible restroom with laundry area, and exits out of every children’s room.

The project has been a labor of love by so many. Allbee said, “As with any construction project, there were times of ups and downs, but everyone was enjoyable to work with. We have appreciated everything everyone has done. Construction workers, staff members, parents, board members, supporters from the community – they have all put in a lot of hard work to make this come together. We are excited to continue to provide high-quality childcare in the community in a high-quality building! God has been good through the whole project!”