High maintenance costs is forcing the Bluffton Children's Center to close its doors.
The announcement comes at a bittersweet time as the center recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The Bluffton Children's Center provides early childhood education to almost 100 kids from working families.
Employees say it's unique in that it's the only center that offers a sliding-scale payment plan to parents.
"They pay only what they can afford and that's why we are so important here, we provide that kind of care from the babies all the way up to the pre-schoolers," said Andrea Siebold, board of trustees chairman for the Children's Center.
More than 90 percent of the families who use the Bluffton center require financial help, which is funded entirely through community support.
But starting on Sept. 13, the Bluffton Children's Center will be closing its doors after 20 years in business.
The center will consolidate its services with its Hilton Head location which is only three years old.
When that happens, the Bluffton center staff will be temporarily laid off until they figure out how many are needed at the other site.
Kristen Fields, site director of the Bluffton Children's Center, said she has mixed emotions, but it's a business decision.
"We are located in the first air-conditioned high school in the state of South Carolina," said Jennifer Cajigas, executive director of the Bluffton Children's Center.
Staff members say the maintenance costs proved to be too much and it's outweighing the benefits.
"We had to put in a new air conditioner, we've had to put in new ceiling tiles, to get it cleaned out and still the money costs keep growing," said Siebold.
"In the last 16 months, we've put about $110,000 into the maintenance to keep this facility going," added Cajigas.
The staff says they're looking into the possibility of a shuttle transfer to help make the transition as seamless as possible for both parents and employees.
Plans are already in the works to build a new Bluffton Children's Center which will take two to three years to complete.
When that happens, all of the current employees will be invited to return to work if they're interested.