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Parents across the Tri-States struggle to find reliable daycare for their kids

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Have you been struggling to find a reliable daycare center for your kids?

With kids out for the summer and next school year only a couple months away, many parents are having a tough time in their searches.

Diana Mast visited her three children, Gwen, Leo and Penelope, at Educare Daycare in Quincy Tuesday morning.  It's a place that Mast trusts dropping her kids off everyday and she says she knows the kids are getting both a babysitter and an educator.

"A lot of it is location, price and what the daycare provides you," Mast said.

"She's got an education background and she has a curriculum for the kids everyday," Mast added. "They don't sit in front of the TV. They have structure everyday."

It wasn't easy finding a reliable and affordable place for this mother who works full time.

"I've probably checked with probably a dozen to two dozen daycare centers," Mast said. "Just making a phone call or getting on a list."

In fact, Mast has been on 10 waiting lists in the four months she's been looking and landing at Educare was almost luck.

John Wood Community College early childhood education chairperson Julie Bice says the key to landing a good daycare is to start the process months ahead of time and get on as many waiting lists as you can. Also, she says tour as many facilities as possible.

"What did it look like when I first came in the door?" Bice said. "Did I hear laughter? Did I see children engaged with teachers? Are they safe? Is it clean?"

Bice wants to remind parents that this is an important decision to make, so she says they should think about it carefully.   

"It's nothing that they should be ashamed of, the fact that they need someone to take care of their children during the day while they pursue their lives," Bice said.  "It's a wonderful thing to be able to provide things for your children and they will come out fine."

Another tip from Bice is to make sure the daycare center and instructors have all the proper licenses and qualifications before signing kids up.



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