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BELLEVUE, Iowa — Facing a shortage of day care services, Bellevue officials are examining possible solutions.

City Council members this week discussed the city’s scarcity of such offerings — a state only expected to worsen.

City Administrator and City Clerk Abbey Skrivseth said she was informed that a local day care provider will retire soon, and there is fear that more will follow.

“A lot of places are full in town, and there are waiting lists,” she said. “They have to hold off on taking in children.”

St. Joseph’s Catholic School runs a day care facility. Its director, Heather Weber, said it has grown from about 20 children to about 80 in the past 13 years, yet she still receives multiple calls each week from parents that she has to turn away.

“There are some weeks where I will get daily phone calls for spots,” she said. “We are at our max capacity.”

Dave Heiar, senior adviser for Jackson County Economic Alliance, spoke with council members about the issue. (Full Article)



Reposted with permission from TH Media

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