• Youngsters at Ms. Annette’s daycare which is among about 14 providers in Scott City. (Record Photo)

Lack of providers impacts local families, employers

It was a little more than 21 years ago when Annette Orr took her first child to a local daycare when she was two-months-old.

That didn’t last long.

“I found I couldn’t do it, so I quit my job and opened my own daycare,” she recalls.

Orr has no regrets. It gave her the chance to spend more time with her children while they were growing up, but it also comes with a downside.

“I have no sick days and I have no paid holidays,” she notes. “And I have no retirement plan except what I’ve set up on my own.”

On the flip side, she has job security as do the other 13 daycare providers in Scott City. There isn’t a provider that doesn’t have a waiting list.

Orr has two newborns in her daycare in addition to six pregnant moms waiting . . . hoping . . . for openings.


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