Growing need for childcare continues in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- With a growing community, Cape Girardeau is still facing a challenge in getting enough childcare in the area.

“I think the process of getting a grant should be a lot easier then what it is,” said Shenique Sparks, owner of Super Kids LLC. She spoke to FOX23 News in early June about the struggles parents were faced finding childcare, particularly infant care.

“I still have a wait list for infants so any daycares out there with infant spots, there’s a lot of parents out there who need it,” said Sparks.

While the state is working to increase funding to address the shortage in childcare openings, Sparks says the trouble of applying and receiving grants is one hurdle she and her husband are just not up to doing again.

“It’s very difficult, I mean to get any grant, it takes a lot of work to get,” said Sparks.

The United Way of Southeast Missouri is working to put together a team of people in the community who can help improve and identify resources for childcare.

“The government has committed to funding early childhood education, so we hope there will be more with that,” said Elizabeth Shelton, executive director of United Way of Southeast Missouri. “United Way gets a lot of support from big manufacturers that are struggling to have people move here and relocate here once they learn there’s a year-long wait list for childcare.”

That’s important to note, because maintaining a healthy workforce is a major concern for so many companies and communities, and childcare availability is a big factor in making it possible for parents to work.

Maintaining a healthy workforce is a major concern for so many companies and communities, and childcare availability is a big factor in making it possible for parents to work.

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