DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — COVID-19 has certainly affected every industry in the world, but with children age 12 and under still not eligible to get vaccinated, the childcare industry has been hard-hit.
It’s a happy day at the Village Daycare in Dothan, but getting through the pandemic has been tough.
“With having to get new equipment and equipment we can interchange out to make sure that the health and safety of all of our children is pretty much paramount.” The Village Home Daycare and Learning Center, Sadie Kirksey.
And safety is a top priority, so following CDC guidelines by having to shut down because of high cases or even exposure has been rough for the daycare.
“If I shut down the state doesn’t provide any accommodations for giving me the money I would lose for the shutdown,” Kirksey said.
A financial problem that creates a snowball effect for the daycare center.
“So now we’re dealing with issues of the daycare not being financially set, the parents having to find other childcare because they still have to go to work, or if we shut down, most likely they would have to be quarantined for 14 days,” Kirksey said. “We would have to be out for 14 days, which if anything goes array in our center, not only am I out my parents are out as well.”
She says in times like these parents are a big help when small children aren’t eligible to get vaccinated.
“I do tell my parents if your child is sick, don’t even worry about bringing them,” Kirksey said.
“If your child comes to the center, and they’re exposed to other people who may have covid guess what you’ve started an epidemic and now we have to be out,” Kirksey said.
Making it easier for children to continue to learn their ABCs and 1,2,3’s.