Bryan Daycare Closure Tightens Availability for ParentsNews Friday, February 7th, 2014
A Bryan daycare center has been closed by the state after they failed to make improvements following an accident last year. Camelot Learning Center on Boonville Rd. was told they have until Feb. 20 to appeal the decision.
WTAW contacted Shirley Padgett, President of the Brazos Child Care Network, to see if the closure had increased business for area home-based daycares. “A lot of times [it has], and then other times it hasn’t,” she said. “A lot of people will just go to another daycare center, but some have closed over the years, where [parents] decide ‘well maybe we’ll try home daycare,’ and they decide that they like it better.”
Padgett said expecting parents should begin to look for a provider as soon as possible if they will need infant care. Depending on the time of year, parents with children of all ages may even find themselves on a waiting list. “Right now, we are really limited with providers that have openings,” she said. “A lot of them will have openings coming up in August because they’re losing children who are going to be going to kindergarten.”
Padgett said parents should ensure health records are up-to-date because they are a must for children going to any daycare, home- or business-based. The state requires daycares to keep immunization records for all children under their care. Prescriptions are also strictly regulated. Padgett said “If [parents are] going to bring medication, [they need to] ask the pharmacist for another bottle with the label on it so they can have one at home and one at daycare, or they just have to remember to bring it everyday.”
Parents can research daycare options on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website, txchildcaresearch.org.
Listen to the full interview with Shirley Padgett below.ShirleyPadgett020614.mp3
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