In December 2014, my trusted daycare closed because the operator didn’t have the resources to keep it open. In my opinion, it was the best daycare in the area (including Auburn) and was the most reasonably priced. Because my youngest is in school, I only require daycare when the schools are closed (teacher workdays, Spring Break, etc.) especially summer.
My research turned up only one daycare in Opelika with after-school care. Most cite liability and costs as the reasons why they do not offer care for school-aged kids. As you can imagine, any daycare in Opelika to offer summer care for school-aged kids reaches capacity quickly. (Fortunately, I have found another alternative, but I wonder about those who haven’t).
For those of us who live and work near Downtown Opelika, this poses a problem. I don’t particularly want to drive to Auburn and back twice a day. There really is no easy solution to this problem. No one is responsible for finding or providing daycare for our school-aged children. It is no one’s fault that daycares are attracted to Auburn and the exorbitant rates they can charge for daycare and after-school care.
I just want to know how many people are as frustrated as I am that Opelika is in this position. Our City is blessed with population growth, job growth and a beautiful place to live, but we are suffering in the area of childcare. Does anyone have any suggestions? If you are in the same situation, I would love to hear from you. Am I the only person having this dilemma?