City assessing Imperial’s daycare needs
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The city of Imperial is conducting a survey concerning the availability of daycare and the needs of the community regarding daycare.
The city is conducting an e-mail blitz. It also has an electronic survey at www.imperialed.com/LocalJobListings.html.
Community Development Director Leslie Carlholm said there appears to be a shortage of quality, licensed daycare in the Imperial area. She said there are seven licensed daycares serving about 128 young children at present.
Those include three on-site daycares and four in private homes.
Carlholm said mothers have approached her with concern about a shortage of daycare. She said the reasons for the shortage are two-fold.
One or two daycare providers have quit taking care of children, Carlholm said, while “it seems like there’s a larger number of small children.”
She said the city is studying present preschool numbers and trying to create a picture of future daycare needs.
The July, 2009 school census showed 236 children in and around Imperial in the age 0-5 group, Carlholm said.
Combining that figure with the 221 students in grades K-4 on the third day of school at Chase County Schools this fall, then subtracting the five-year olds, Carlholm said there could be about 307 children who might need daycare in the area.
“We’re trying to quantify what our needs are through the survey,” she stated. “We need to find ways to start additional daycare services.”
The Community Development Director said, “We would like to have a comprehensive survey of young families in the area.”
Those wishing to may call the city offices at (308) 882-4368 with their e-mail addresses, and Carlholm will send them the link to the survey.
Carlholm said starting a new in-home or daycare center could provide a great opportunity for the right individual.