Parents Are Trying To Save Daycare Program

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Some parents in Leslie County are trying to find a way to save their daycare for the rest of the summer, as well as before and after school programs when classes begin this fall.

School officials say the family resource programs are losing funding because of declining enrollment.

Without an immediate change it looks like they'll be closing after June 30th.

“I may have to quit my job,” Connie North said.

It may sound drastic, but that's the choice Connie North and other parents of some younger Leslie County students are now faced with if daycare and after-school programs close.

Three daycares run throughout the summer and after-school at Hyden, Stinnett and W.B. Muncy Elementary Schools, with a combination of declining enrollment, increasing free lunches and increasing teacher salaries, officials say state funding is not enough to keep all three open, without a commitment from parents.

School officials say the cost will increase for daycare from 12 dollars a day to 17.50 with weekly payments made up front and a contract to use the programs for at least six months.

Letters have been sent to parents, but with only three weeks left, parents and school officials are concerned that some, if not all will have to close.

For parents interested in using daycare for the rest of the summer or after-school programs next year need to contact the Leslie County School Board immediately without contracts from enough parents, school officials say they will be closed.


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