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Friday, February 3, 2012

Closing

We got word on Wednesday that the centre our daycare is a part of will be shutting its doors. The centre is to help young women who are dealing with teen pregnancy and motherhood. It gives them a place to live, learn how to be mothers, and still go to school. Many of them are there by court order, so leaving means their children will be taken away.

All of the teen mothers have their children attend the associated daycare, but the daycare also has a lot of "community" families (like us). The daycare itself has been doing very well financially, but because the centre shares one budget and the other programs do not bring in any money, they (The Salvation Army) are shutting the whole thing down after being open for 57 years.

Obviously, this is devastating to the teen mothers. Where will they go? What will they do? Will they have to give up their babies? I can't even think about it without tearing up.

More selfishly, we, the other parents, and the staff are heartbroken that the daycare is closing. We - and more importantly, Evan - love this daycare, and the staff is amazing. After touring a number of daycares, this one was our favorite for Evan by far. We don't want to have to start looking for another daycare, because we know there isn't one that's a better fit for us.

From what I've heard the past couple of days, the other families feel the same way. It sounds like people really want to figure out a way to keep the daycare going somehow, or to at least keep our "family" of staff, kids, and family members together.

We don't have a lot of details at this point - a closing date hasn't been chosen, we don't know what they plan to do with the building, etc.. The staff is having another meeting with the "higher ups" next week to find out more. I have suggested that all the staff and parents meet after that to chat with each other about what to do next (even if it's just sharing individual plans).

I wish were millionaires so we could just fund the opening of a new daycare. This just plain sucks.