Childcare in Bad Economy

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2009 - 5:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

New childcare trends are emerging because of the economic crisis. Our Morgan Rose shows us how some local daycare centers are struggling to survive.

It’s not cheap putting your kid in daycare, but for some parents it’s their only option. Denise Curwick has run the Southside Center in Baton Rouge for 17 years and for the firs time, she says, enrollment is down. “We’ve lost a couple of families, father lost his job, someone opted to stay home.” But, on the flipside, because of the economic downturn, more people are reentering the workforce. “That’s what keeps our reenrollment balanced.”

For the past 17 years, they’ve always had a fulltime pre-kindergarten class, but now for the first time ever at Southside, the room is filled with nothing but empty chairs Curwick says she can no longer afford bonuses for her workers, but she’s just thankful her development center is still open and hopes the chairs won’t be empty too much longer.

For now, Curwick has 12 kids signed up to start the pre-K class in August.