In February, a meeting was held in Elizabethtown to discuss the development of childcare centers in the Lincoln Trail area. There was discussion around helping employed parents find child care for their children. Many families expressed the lack of child care as a barrier to employment. There were also many representatives in attendance that discussed the issues facing the development of child care in the area. It was decided to meet again to further explore options.
There are now 22 Unaffiliated Centers sponsored by the agency and 31 Family Child Care Home programs. These centers and homes are in 19 different counties. Hometown Kids has now assumed operation of Christ the Head Child Care in Danville and will close Hometown Kids-Perryville this month. Susan Parks will will now operate Hometown Kids-Danville and Hometown Kids-Springfield.
Bids are being requested for programs to allow Family Child Care Homes and Unaffiliated Centers to submit monthly reports online. Those programs wishing to submit paper claims will still have that option.