Daycare enrollment impacted by COVID-19

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A daycare has been severely impacted by COVID-19 in more ways than one.

Young Years Childhood Development Center is a lot quieter these days. Because of the coronavirus enrollment is down which has severely impacted business.

“We’ve lost more than half of our enrollment,” Stephanie Ivey, Director of Young Years Childhood Development Center said. “We’re finding that the parents that are coming back are not able to afford it from either losing their jobs or having jobs but not yet going to work, or just not willing to risk bringing their kids to daycare because of risks of getting COVID-19.”

Now they are depending on financial assistance from the government to stay afloat. But, Ivey says she’s nervous they won’t be able to fully recover.

“It’s been pretty rough we’re definitely missing our kids that arent back and scared of what the futures going to hold,” Ivey said.

Executive Director of Louisiana’s Policy Institute for children, Dr. Libbie Sonnier says the government’s assistance still isn’t enough to save daycares.

“We have to let our governor know this is a critical infrastructure issue for our state and also our congressional delegations that serves us in Washington, to let them know that Louisiana child care providers are an industry that supports all industries,” Sonnier said.

She says if more money doesn’t come soon it would be devastating.

“We wouldn’t be able to bounce back from it,” Sunnier said. “When the economy is able to fully reopen will there be childcare centers still available to care for children? That’s the reality that we’re facing right now.”

Young Years Director say they’re grateful for the students they do have and they hope to one day go back to normal.

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