Closing

We got word on Wednesday that the centre our daycare is a part of will be shutting its doors. The centre is to help young women who are dealing with teen pregnancy and motherhood. It gives them a place to live, learn how to be mothers, and still go to school. Many of them are there by court order, so leaving means their children will be taken away.

All of the teen mothers have their children attend the associated daycare, but the daycare also has a lot of “community” families (like us). The daycare itself has been doing very well financially, but because the centre shares one budget and the other programs do not bring in any money, they (The Salvation Army) are shutting the whole thing down after being open for 57 years.

Obviously, this is devastating to the teen mothers. Where will they go? What will they do? Will they have to give up their babies? I can’t even think about it without tearing up.

More selfishly, we, the other parents, and the staff are heartbroken that the daycare is closing. We – and more importantly, Evan – love this daycare, and the staff is amazing. After touring a number of daycares, this one was our favorite for Evan by far. We don’t want to have to start looking for another daycare, because we know there isn’t one that’s a better fit for us.

From what I’ve heard the past couple of days, the other families feel the same way. It sounds like people really want to figure out a way to keep the daycare going somehow, or to at least keep our “family” of staff, kids, and family members together.

We don’t have a lot of details at this point – a closing date hasn’t been chosen, we don’t know what they plan to do with the building, etc.. The staff is having another meeting with the “higher ups” next week to find out more. I have suggested that all the staff and parents meet after that to chat with each other about what to do next (even if it’s just sharing individual plans).

I wish were millionaires so we could just fund the opening of a new daycare. This just plain sucks.

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Comments on: "Closing" (6)

  1. Oh no! How horrible!

    That seems like the kind of thing anti-abortion churches should get involved with to save.

    Or just a church daycare, ignoring the teen moms aspect.

    I hope something gets figured out. How very nerve racking. 😦

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  2. Ugh, what a bummer for all involved! 😦 Sorry Alyssa.

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  3. Ugh, that sucks. I know how hard several of my friends have found it to find good daycare. I hope you can all figure out a way to keep yours going.

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry. There was a period of time when we were losing a lot of families at our day care, and we were worried it would close…and that just made my heart hurt, for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, our day care seems to have righted itself. I hope something sorts itself out for yours, soon. Maybe one of the teachers wants to try out being a director, and the families could front some seed money?

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  5. nicoleandmaggie – I don't know a church could eat that sort of debt.

    Ella – Yeah, it sucks all around.

    Cath – Me too!

    Cloud – The current director is thinking about starting something on her own. It's just bad timing for her because she's due to have her baby in a couple months. I think all the staff & parents will have a meeting once they know a little more.

    It sounds like other people are upset about this too, and apparently one of the local politicians has heard about it and is “working on it”. Who knows what this means, but at least it's on someone's radar.

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  6. and yet… religious anti-abortion activists seem to have money to post super-bowl ads and time to picket planned parenthood…

    But if the daycare itself isn't losing money once they remove the teen moms, a church should be able to pick it up.

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