Randolph Moving Forward with Private Daycare Plans
RANDOLPH, NE — Having a local daycare is a matter of convenience for parents, numbers for schools and stability for children. And the town of Randolph doesn’t have one.
But last week’s unanimous vote by the school board started the plan to get one.
Randolph Elementary Principal Mary Miller says families going to other communities for child care could have an effect on enrollment.
“Maybe start daycare or pre-school in another community and then they make friends there, and they might not be coming back to us,” Miller said.
So after a series of public meetings that drew as many as 60 residents, the board voted to move forward with renovations to the elementary school to facilitate a daycare and accept applications for a private daycare operator.
School board president Paul Schmit says he’s confident someone will come forward with an offer because the community is providing a ready-made space. A daycare operator will be able to turn the key and go.
“We’re trying to get the word out,” Schmit said. “We think there’s an opportunity there for someone.”
Miller says research shows that key characteristics and brain pathways develop between the ages of 0-5, making stable, professional care imperative.
“And so it’s really important for parents to have a safe, stable, nurturing learning environment in those early years,” Miller said.
And overall, Miller and Schmit say they’re pleased with how the town identified a problem and acted.
“I think also through the process the board, the administration, the community – have really put kids first and I think that’s what’s really important,” Miller said.