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12/11/02 - Tyler

Daycare Crunch For East Texas Parents

The daycare dilemma has just begun for Heather Garza. She's a full time working mom who needs a safe place for baby Claire...today. Instead, she's stuck waiting, " The waiting list is anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months or even a year." She explains. "And they've got about 15 or 16 newborns on the list so by the time they call me back she won't be an infant anymore."

You'd think the baby business is booming, but infant care is tough to come by. Deirdra Sawyer's son will have to wait a little longer, a wait that began before Cory was born. "As soon as we knew we were going to have him, we came up here cause I have an older son who's up here--to get him on the waiting list."

That was a year ago. Turning parents away daily, the folks at Tyler's Stepping Stone School say good childcare is tough to come by. Director Debbie Lauman says it's a crisis in East Texas, "Quality infant and toddler care is very difficult to do because it takes a lot of space and in turn is very expensive..so that has created the shortage."

A shortage that's put Heather in a time crunch with the clock ticking to find a solution. The best advice: start looking for daycare before your baby is born. And it still isn't cheap, East Texas daycare will cost anywhere from $85 to $150 dollars a week.

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