‘I need this for my children’: Large childcare program facing possible shutdown


“I just really don’t want it to close,” Jeree Scheuerman said. “I need this. I really do.”

Scheuerman said she’s a proud mother of four children, but being a single mother and working 12-hour shifts means she’s had to rely on GPS Kids Club year round.

“I work such long hours,” she said. “Sometimes on the days I work, I’m gone and there’s nobody there to take care of my children.”

GPS Kids Club is one of the biggest before/after school program and summer program in central Kansas. 

Children are offered activities, tutoring, free meals and more.

But that help could be in jeopardy because of an outdated fire system.

GPS founder Debbie Stephens said in order to keep her doors open she needs to raise $42,136.76 to install a new fire alarm system by May 31.

“If we do not meet the Fire Marshal’s deadline, we are out of compliance with our licensing,” she said. “We need $20,000 by the end of April to even consider staying open.”

If the facility closes, Stephens said the shutdown leaves 60 plus children looking for other options.

“We have kids coming from Great Bend, Claflin, Olmitz and St. John,” she said. “There’s just a lack of childcare around, so we’re facing a very real deadline.”

And leaving those who rely on the facility feeling helpless.

“I need this for my kids, so I can continue working the long hours that I do to support them” Scheuerman said. “GPS is a family, we can’t loose that.”

If you’re interested in keeping GPS open, you can donate on PayPal  or GoFundMe.

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