Child Care Crisis Project
A reporting project by the Springfield Daily Citizen that looks at the sustained challenges facing working families, and potential solutions to one of Greene County’s most complex — and high stakes — problems.
Families in Springfield need child care, but a prolonged shortage of day care spots — and unaffordable rates — are creating an economic crisis too large to ignore.
The pandemic has shed light on a struggling child care industry that’s been operating for far too long with a broken business model — and we all pay the price.
The dilemma: No openings at day cares, unaffordable options and confusion on where and how to find help. Desperate parents are resorting to risky options amid child care crisis.
This series is published in coordination with KY3 News.
Resources for parents
Local parents in search of child care are frequently confused about where to turn for information. That is going to change soon thanks to a website being developed by early childhood experts at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and Springfield Public Schools.
While a new referral service for child care help is on the way soon, the best advice for parents currently is to call multiple day care centers, and to search for online help.
For any parent, but especially for first-timers, trying to find child care is often an overwhelming experience. A child care expert gives the Daily Citizen tips for parents to use when choosing a new day care.
CHILD CARE SOLUTIONS
The Discovery Center is opening 30 new child care spots this year in response, in part, the Springfield Daily Citizen’s and KY3’s Child Care Crisis series.