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Little Angel’s daycare opens to help essential workers in need of child care

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There's a new option available for those who are in need of child care, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Little Angel's Child Care and Preschool said after its scheduled opening was delayed due to the outbreak, the daycare has finally opened its doors.

Officials at the daycare said there are a lot of essential workers out there who are in need of child care.

They said the need has grown in the past two weeks, which is why they decided to open.

As the virus continues to spread, they said they're here to help any parents in need.

There are children inside Little Angel's Child Care and Preschool for the first time ever.

Owner Katie Douglas said as COVID-19 continues to spread, the need for child care continues to grow.

"Today we had nine kids enrolled and started," Douglas said. "We have seven more kids enrolling by Monday. So, it's a slow start, but we're definitely here to help the community in a time of need."

Douglas said opening the daycare was a leap of faith, but one she said is worth it, when it helps people working on the front line.

"It's important because there are a lot of parents struggling right now, just in regards of having to go to work, having child care, it's a stressful situation all the way around," Douglas said.

For preschool teacher Nicole Guthrie, being an essential worker is new to her. A couple weeks ago, the daycare was closed and she didn't know where her next paycheck was coming from.

"Being in a routine really helps me," Guthrie said. "I'm glad to be getting up in the morning, having something to do and I couldn't wait to meet the kids."

Guthrie said she's glad she can help those who need it, during a challenging and unprecedented time.

"The boys and girls were wondering why there was just a few kids," Guthrie said. "I said, apparently your parents are essential workers. They are needed to keep our community going, so we've become essential for you guys, so they can help us."

Douglas said the daycare is taking precautions to protect all the kids, while some parents work to protect the community.

"We do have children, their parents work over at the vets home," Douglas said. "We've had calls from other big businesses, healthcare related around here. There's definitely a need for child care and people who still have to be at work."

If you are interested in signing your kid up here, Douglas said to stop by during business hours, to get the paperwork.

Right now, they are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Douglas said right now, they have three employees working.

She said as they get more kids, she will bring in more employees, who are on standby right now.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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