Topeka Salvation Army daycare closing its doors

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Heidi Crowley takes care of 4 kids on her own and juggles a full-time job, on Wednesday she found out the daycare her kids go to, is shutting down.

“I was in tears earlier today just talking about it so it hurts now knowing that I have to go find another day care.”said Crowley.

The news came suddenly as did the daycare closing time on May 30, 2014 because of this, Crowley is now starting her search for a new daycare service.

“It suits my time for my work I have to be at work at 7 in the morning they open at 6:30 a.m. and a lot of day cares do not open at that time, so it suits my needs as a mom going to work everyday.”

Currently about 43 kids call the Salvation Army daycare home during the day. At its maximum capacity the daycare can hold 150 kids, right now only 43 are enrolled showing a 28 percent decrease in daycare capacity.

Major Brian Burkett at the Salvation Army says something had to be done.

“We simply can’t sustain the center with those numbers. The child care and the expenses and the indebtedness has been a major drain on the salvation army and it’s ability to do other programs in the community that we’re known for such as our food pantry, our meal program and some of those basic emergency sort of programs.”

Though the day care will be cut, Burkett says the empty space will not go unused.

“Moving forward with a community center type of program where we open our doors we create a gym space. We’ll be able to continue to reach out to the young people in our community with after school programs with day camp programs concentrating on the school aged children.”

As for parents like Crowley the quicker they find another daycare the better.

“It’s a big effect on all of us.”said Crowley

Burkett says, the Salvation Army has some of the lowest daycare prices in the area. For a toddler, it costs about 138 dollars a week and for pre-schoolers it’s about 105 dollars a week.

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