Childcare options are limited in Boyle County

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BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)  – Boyle County is being a called a child care desert.

The Danville-Boyle Early Childhood Alliance estimates there’s just under one-thousand kids from 0-2 years old and there’s only about 200 full time spots in child care centers.

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There’s about 650 kids ages 3-4 and just over 300 full time spots.

Parents are struggling to find a place to put their kids and in some cases, their only option is to stay home with them.

Katie Banks is a parent in Danville and she has three kids.

She couldn’t find a childcare center that met her needs so, she made the decision to leave her job and become a stay at home mother.

“It’s not even the choice of what’s the best quality, it’s just what’s available and that’s really hard,” said Katie Banks.

Mary Beth Murray is another parent that is struggling to find a place for her one year old.

She says she needs full time care for three days out of the week.

“There just wasn’t that option for me at his age,” said Mary Beth Murray.

Murray found one small program that will take her son twice a week for three hours.

The Danville-Boyle Early Childhood Alliance wants to make things better.

Their goal is to expand their current providers or bring in new centers.

 

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