Parris Island to add $8M child-care facility to recruit depot

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Parris Island to add $8M child-care facility to recruit depot

By PATRICK DONOHUE pdonohue@beaufortgazette.com 843-706-8152
Published Wednesday, September 30, 2009 in The Island Packet  |  314 Words  |  news

Add a child care center to the growing list of new facilities coming soon to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
A$8.4 million, 27,775-square foot child development center for the depot was approved by the Navy earlier this month. It will help reduce the waiting list for on-base child care for Marines and sailors at Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Naval Hospital Beaufort, said Amy Banks, administrator of Children, Youth and Teen Programs for Marine Corps Community Services.The depot's child development center has a waiting list of 51 children as of Sept. 24, according to the program's Web site. Defense Department employees at all three bases also are eligible for on-base child care.
The new, one-story child development center will provide full-day, part-day and hourly child care for 200 to 305 children of Marines and Defense Department civilian employees, said Sue Brink, NAVFAC spokeswoman.
The new facility will have 16 classrooms and will accommodate 52 more children than the existing facility, Banks said.
The work is expected to begin by the end of the year and end in March 2011.
The child care center is one of several new or renovated buildings scheduled to open at Parris Island in the next two years.
Construction on a $78.4 million barracks facility for 3rd Recruit Battalion will be completed in 2010, and $10 million in stimulus-funded energy efficiency projects are underway at the depot.
The depot opened a $3.6 million youth center in July and is expected to reopen Traditions -- a restaurant housed in the former officer's club -- this fall after $2.9 million in renovations.
Though not directly linked to the depot's mission of "making Marines," improving facilities is a critical undertaking for the 94-year-old base, said Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, spokeswoman for the depot.
"We can't do our important mission without taking the best care of our families, too," Chapin said.