For many families, finding someone that can watch your kids is a challenge all in itself, then comes paying for it.
The Shawnee County Health department says they have seen a decline in child care providers in Shawnee County. Right now it’s only meeting 64 percent of the demand parents need.
Taking care of children can be a full-time job all by itself and for some parents like Ashley Aston. They are already working a full time job.
“I came back to work about two weeks ago. I was calling around previous to even having my kid asking if anyone had any availability and everyone just kept telling me to call back the week I need to go back to work,” said Aston.
Aston says she couldn’t find anyone certified to watch her newborn and has to have a friend watch him.
The Shawnee County Health Department says Aston isn’t the only one.
“We do know we have seen a pretty big decrease of the number of providers in our community,” said Director Linda Ochs. “It’s hard for parents to go to work if there’s not quality childcare.”
That’s why the Health Department is hosting a free childcare licensing orientation to people interested in taking care of children.
The event is from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 11 at the Hillcrest Community Center, 1800 SE 21st street.