More Parents Seek 24 Hour Daycare

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A growing number of daycares have started to offer 24-hour programs, 10TV’s Andrea Cambern reported.

Todd Barnhouse, chief executive officer of the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association, said that in 2003, the state had 26 around-the-clock daycare programs.

That number has jumped to 277 programs in 2012, Barnhouse said.

"We thought that number would have decreased, because we thought more people would be home to care for their kids in this economy. But parents need non-traditional solutions, and businesses are adapting to circumstances," Barnhouse said.

Barnhouse said that the big increase during the recession filled with layoffs surprised them. But as people took whatever jobs they could find, he said the need grew for daycare during evening hours.

Success Kidz Child Care on Parson Avenue is one central Ohio facility that offer the option.

Felicia Jackson, a single mother of two, works second shift at her security guard job.

"I had to leave a couple of jobs because of that reason, because there was no 24 hour daycares at that time, and it was stressful," Jackson said.

Like many parents, Jackson, a single mother of two, called the 24-hour care a lifeline, Cambern reported.

Jenea Harvison, founder and owner of Success Kidz, said that she hears that often.  She opened the daycare four years ago to fill a need, because more people were working odd hours and second jobs to make ends meet.

Harvison said that the children in her care "get a lot of love, a lot of attention, a lot of flexibility."

The flexibility is what sets the center apart, Harvison said.

Children as young as 18 months and as old as 5 can come and go anytime during the day or night depending on parents’ needs. Staff plans activities, feeds children dinner, and after a story, puts them to bed. Children get the same cot and bedding each night, Harvison said.

For parents like Amber Wise, who works in fast food, Success Kidz meant that  she could work late and earn overtime money without stress.

"I don't have to rush around trying to get off, and worrying about how to pick them up, when to pick them up," Wise said.

While parents would prefer to tuck their kids into bed themselves, they said having a trusted surrogate of sorts, was the next best thing.

“It's a big relief, it is, it is," Wise said.

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