A lingering problem in the Tall City, finding low-cost quality summer care for children forces more parents to secure childcare spots earlier than ever.
Midland ISD seeing a 500 student increase in enrollment from last year despite the oil downturn. The district now serving more than 24,000 students and the majority of children are in elementary school.
Bill Shuey, executive director of Camp Fire, a local summer camp says his program reached capacity with 40 on the waiting list just two hours after opening electronic registration.
“This is the fastest it’s ever been for Midland,” Shuey said. “I’ve never seen it have 160 people already registered by 11:00[a.m].”
Shuey explains during the downturn they expect to see more kids with more stay at home parents returning to the workforce.
“As parents loose their jobs and both parents now have to go back since one parents doesn’t make enough for the family,” Shuey said.
The YMCA another popular spot for kids out of school for the summer filling up fast.
Amanda White, director of childcare at the Midland YMCA says their summer camp program is now left with less than 70 spots because more parents choose to pay upfront to secure year round care.
“We take 250 children and as of today we have 67 remaining spots,” White said.
Those in the year-round program get their spot first.
“We’ve seen an increase with families who come to the Y for the first time and see how coveted the spaces are in any sort of childcare in Midland right now and they’ve gravitated towards that year round program.”
General registration for the YMCA’s summer camp begins on Saturday, April 27th at 9:00am. The Boys and Girls Club of Midland will also conduct their registration on the same day.
Camp Fire in Odessa still has open spots. To register visit http://campfirewtx.org/