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New childcare program hopes to help fill the need for summer care

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 04 2013 06:10:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2013 09:00:59 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

With waiting lists and age restrictions, many Abilene parents have struggled to find childcare options.

For working moms like Morgan Arnold, it's a top priority.

"It's not an easy thing to find but i definitely wish it was easier personally, with my schedule," said Arnold.

When she found out that her current provider would not be operating over the summer, she moved quickly to get 3-year-old son Deacon on a wait list.

"It's definitely difficult," said Arnold. "There are a lot of waiting lists and not many schools that even offer a summer program."

Morgan isn't the only one with this problem. Parents across Abilene are having a tough time finding a spot for their kids, especially during those warm weather months.

"The Abilene community is really limited on what's available for this age group," said Joanna Frick. She's referring to kids ages 3 to 6. Many programs take kids either younger or older. She's hoping to help fill that void with a new curriculum based, two day per week program for kids called "Summer Steps."

"There are not a whole lot of programs out there that offer curriculum during the summer," said Frick. "We're trying to make sure the kids maintain what they've learned through the school year."

She thinks that working or not, parents need these programs for their kids over the summer.

"It helps get moms a little break during the summertime but I would say the most important thing is it really gives the kids a constructive environment during the summer rather than sitting in front of the TV. It think it's very important for kids to be around other kids."

The summer session starts June 4, 2013 and runs through August 15.

The 11-week program will take 56 kids. Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on how to register, visit www.summersteps.net.