Council member on downtown Wichita child care: ‘Right now there isn’t much availability’

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Finding affordable child care is a challenge according to parents living and working in downtown Wichita.

KSN asked people about the need and a city official, who says its been a concern in the area for some time.

Maria Rogers says she started this search last week for her 4-year-old girl, and its been tough. She says there’s not a lot of options where she works downtown.

In downtown Wichita, you see construction in progress, and businesses going up, like Scribbles and Giggles Children’s Academy. The project’s caught Wichita mother Maria Rogers’ attention.

“I’m trying to cut my driving time down and so driving to a daycare and then driving to work, I don’t want to have to drive too far out of my way,” said Maria Rogers, Wichita.

Rogers has been looking at child care options for her daughter. She says the search has been a challenge. 

“I think there was one time that I searched three different ones and it was really frustrating because usually when I need daycare, I need it now, you know, I’m not trying to wait,” said Rogers.

The lack of day care downtown is an issue city council member Cindy Claycomb has noticed. She says especially with the growth in the area.

“With all the new apartments and people moving downtown, seems like there’s a need for that, but right now there isn’t much availability in the downtown core area,” said Claycomb.

Claycomb believes there’s a market for it. She doesn’t want the need, to turn families away.

“Even people just thinking about moving downtown, you know, it’s like well I don’t know if I want to do that if I don’t have child care,” said Claycomb.

The target opening date for Scribbles and Giggles downtown is early this year according to their website. And Claycomb says she would like to see more open in the area to fill the need.

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