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Daycare shortage in Orange City leaves parents, officials in a bind

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Kids at Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool making crafts. Kids at Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool making crafts.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

It's not easy for parents to find the right child care provider.  From, work schedules, to quality, and costs there's a lot to plan.

But for folks in Orange City, Iowa, there might be one more thing to consider openings.

"Having an option like Orange City Daycare is pretty nice so that you can have a place for your child to go and it'll be safe," Joel Stauffer, a parent said.

Joel Stauffer's 1-year-old son, Will, goes to Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool. He could consider himself lucky that he's not one of the parents still on a year long waiting list for a spot to open.

"There are families out there who probably struggle with finding places for their kids to go during the day while they're at work," Stauffer said.

"Just within the last month we've been getting a lot of phone calls, and this week in particular, I had three yesterday," Sheri Kontz, Assistant Director of the Orange City Daycare said.

Space has been an issue at this daycare center, as well as across town. One reason could be that the population has grown over the past several years, but city officials say there could be more.

"It could be a combination of a number of different things, it could be related to home day care facilities closing up, it could be, it could just be changes in employment and those kinds of things," Duane Feekes, Orange City, Administrator said.

The City said they're talking with the school district, health care providers, and community leaders to come up with some solutions.

"One option they have is to consider the space they have around the current facility and expand," Jacqueline Quynh said.

Stauffer said he's satisfied with the level of care at the Orange City Daycare, but wonders what his family would do if they were to have more kids.

"That would be something that we would have to think about, would we be able to get in, and how would we be able to handle things, as far as a waiting list," Stauffer said.

While the city hopes to expand their existing daycare facility, they say a key factor they're working on now, is the cost.

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