Elba School System to start daycare program

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — Within the last few months, the only two daycares in Elba have closed. So, Elba’s superintendent says the district would like to open a daycare to help the community, and also possibly create an early childhood education program for its high schoolers.

The recent closings of Elba’s two daycare businesses have created hardships for parents in the city and western Coffee County.

Elba City School Superintendent, Chris Moseley, says he is looking to start a school initiative daycare which
would be located in a few empty classrooms in the Elba Elementary School.

It would be self-sufficient if around 30 students attend, but could hold up to 43 students between 6-weeks and 4-years-olds.

Since announcing the daycare last week, Moseley says parents have been picking up applications.

“And they’re flying off the counter here, and hopefully we’ll get enough applications returned and we can start staffing,” Mosely said. “That’s what we’re waiting on right now to see how many students to see how many staff members we will need.”

In addition to Elba city schools, Westside Baptist of Elba is also looking at establishing a daycare in the church gymnasium. Its pastor says members of the congregation and just parents, in general, have been put into a difficult situation with the daycare closures.

“We just felt it was a great chance as a church to reach out to this community as a church to reach out to other churches facing the same problem,” said Westside Baptist Church Pastor, Ken Wilson.

Moseley says the daycare would allow students at the career academy to earn credits in early childhood education while helping provide child care services.

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