Sister Barbara Campbell, CSJ, was a visionary. She also had two loves in her life; education and children. This woman was very clever and resourceful in how she combined these two loves to gift Wheeling with an invaluable treasure. In the early 1980’s, Sister Barbara taught nursing students at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. Many of these young women had children and were struggling to find childcare while they were attending school. Sister Barbara took it upon herself to provide childcare and established Holy Family Child Care & Development Center (Holy Family) with just six children.
Holy Family was established on September 4, 1984 under the sponsorship of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Open from 6:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. Monday through Friday, Holy Family serves approximately 90 children per month, ages six weeks to five years old. In addition to the full service childcare and early learning center, Holy Family broadened its mission in August of 2008. Collaborating with Ohio County Schools, Holy Family began a Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. This program works to provide the most individualized, child-centered pre-K education program for the children of Ohio County.
An important focus of Holy Family is to provide high quality early education to all children, especially children in lower socio-economic conditions. Through the subsidized program by WV DHHR, Holy Family provides financial assistance to families who otherwise would not be able to afford childcare. Our doors are open to all who want to attend as DHHR subsidized participants.