Employees of El Centro Regional Medical Center have a state-licensed facility at which to leave their pre-school children during work hours.
The hospital's child development Center, at 1215 Ross Ave., less than a block from the hospital, opened Monday, said David B. Selman, the hospital's chief executive officer. He said the facility has been inspected and a state license to operate has been received.
The center is in a former residence renovated to accommodate up to 36 children from 2 to 5 years old. An open house for the public is tentatively scheduled for early May.
Selman said opening the center "shows an ongoing commitment by the board of trustees and the administrative team to provide the best work place possible for our employees." The next phase of the project will be to provide a facility for the care of infants up to 2 years old.