NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- For kids growth and development to the peace of mind of parents, quality childcare is important. The North Platte Communities for kids committee has begun a process in improving childcare in North Platte.
Child care employees play with children at Ladybug Day Care. North Platte Public School educators are organizing a survey to find out what kind of needs the city has when it comes to child care development and education.(SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe KNOP-TV)
They distributed three surveys. One survey for parents, one for childcare providers and now they are surveying business professionals and employers. Their goal is to find out what the needs are for quality care and what the community feels so they can work with the community to address any childcare issues that are affecting North Platte.
Peggy Romshek, the Facilitator for North Platte Communities for Kids Committee, says there is room for improvement.
"We have some great providers and I've really got to know them through being on this committee but I don't think there's enough of it in North Platte our preliminary survey results from our parents are showing that there is a concern in finding quality care and if they're not happy with a provider they don't have a lot of options to look elsewhere," said Romshek.
With business, they want to make sure employees aren't distratced from their jobs worrying about their child, if childcare has ever affected the process of bringing employees to North Platte, and if their business has a potential location for childcare.
Jayne Johnson, the Senior Director of HR at Great Plains Health, said childcare is a common question asked by those interested in employment.
"It's very important that we have those opportunities it's very important that we have that long range of hours in a daycare shift so they can actually have their child here and be able to tap into that if they need to," said Johnson.
Their committee wants to work together to come up with different initiatives to address the childcare needs and concerns surveyors express.
"There's been a lot of research in brain development in the last ten to fifteen years and it really shows that if children have quality child care and quality preschool options that that really helps the brain develop," said Romshek.
They say it is important to make sure kids have support and education growing up for positive brain develop. Then they can come to school ready to go and ready to learn.
Click on the link to the right if you are a business or employer looking to fill out the survey.