Some eastern Kentucky communities lack child care options

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email
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JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - For many eastern Kentucky families, child care is a necessity. But not every community is equipped to meet those needs. That is why in Breathitt County a non-profit organization is trying to fill a void in their town.

Cathaleen Abner with Helping Hands Christian Resource Center in Jackson will tell you that a quick Internet search is all you need to understand the child care issues facing Breathitt County.

"To me it is like almost overwhelming because the last child care that we had closed in May," said Abner.

Abner is the president of Helping Hands. Her organization wants to start a faith-based child care facility in the near future.

"When you do programs, everything does not start at once because it would be overwhelming. So now it is the time for this door to open, for us to, you know, pursue," said Abner.

Unlike Perry County, which has multiple day cares, in Breathitt, there is only Head Start. Because of that, Adrienne Bush with New Beginnings Learning Center in Hazard tells WYMT her staff care for kids across the region.

"We have children coming from Breathitt County, from Leslie County, from Knott County," said Abner.

Bush added the lack of options for parents can put children at a disadvantage.

"If they are being shuffled from different relatives houses while the parents are trying to work or if they are only able to get into a half day program here and there, that is just, children need consistency," said Bush.

Abner said she hopes to move forward with their own day care soon.

Studies show child care is a key factor in preparing kids for kindergarten.

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