SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Parents preparing to go back to work early as next week brings the challenge of having to find childcare.
Daycares have continued to operate for essential workers. Still, with classes out for summer even earlier than expected, school-aged children seem to be left with limited options for care when parents return to work.
Alexis Heffern says she typically would enroll her first-grader into summer school and other after school programs that fit within her budget, but now she is finding limited and more expensive options that will likely fill up fast.
“right now, the only option that I know of is the YMCA. Usually, I pay a little less than $80 every two weeks, and I’m going to be paying $100 every week. I’m sure everyone in Springfield is going to be fighting for these spots, while still paying extra.”
Hanna Ghavami has a child who is immune-compromised.
“I’m glad the programs are there for other people, but not for my daughter because she is compromised,” said Ghavami.
With summer camps and large groups out of the question, Ghavami says shes left with few options.
“The trust issue is not only for in-home daycare because you can’t trust whole lot of people with your child when there’s not a pandemic going on, let alone making sure that they are still practing the social distancing once Springfield and Missouri opens back up,” said Ghavami. “I don’t think it’s going to get an easier until school opens up back up in the fall.”
The YMCA says day camps will start being open to everyone, not only essential workers, starting the week of May 4.