Parents in Joplin Find Void in Day Care Centers
JOPLIN (AP) - Working parents in tornado-ravaged Joplin are finding it tougher to find child care after more than half of the licensed day care spaces in the community vanished after the May 22 storm.
Jill Michel says she's lucky her child's day care center was not affected by the tornado, which wiped out about one-third of the city. But she says she has friends who lost their day care centers in the storm and can't find anyone to watch their children while they work.
The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/naXDo5) reports Child Care Aware of Missouri has determined that the number of licensed day care spaces in the community fell from 1,997 before the storm to 795 afterward.
The total number of day care providers in all categories fell from 84 to 44.