Spring Break Impacts Day Cares

Spring Break Impacts Day Cares

Spring break and the economic impact it's having on Texoma day cares it's not necessarily bringing extra cash into those businesses.

Any parent who leaves their kid at Sandy Cadena's day care center during the year gets two weeks of free child care vacation. That's good for the parents but bad for Cadena's wallet.

"Less children, same activity but the income is not in here. The income is out the door," said Cadena.

Five of the eight kids Cadena looks after full time are gone for the entire spring break and that means losing $500 this week without a way of making up for it. Even with less kids she spends about the same amount of money on food and she doesn't accept new kids while the others are gone so she doesn't have to turn them away when the week is over. But on the positive side, she does give extra attention to the kids who are still coming to the center.

Cadena says, "When those other children are not here I'm able to help that child progress all the way over and help them move up."

But over at the Wichita Falls YMCA Child Care Center, staff members say they neither gain nor lose money during spring break. Fifty percent of the kids who usually go to the center are not coming in this week but only 25% of them get a free pass because they've been going there for an entire year.

"All the new kids will be here and they'll be paying their full rates whether the come or not so that kind of balances things out. We also have kids that come only for breaks so we do have that income as well," said Michelle McCoy, the director of children's services of the Wichita Falls YMCA.

The parents who leave their kids there this week will have to pay an extra fee. Also less money is spent on staff members' paychecks because their hours get reduced. But one problem the staff is facing is having to pay for more food.

"During the school year we only feed our early childhood program breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack and then just afternoon snacks for our school age kids. But when they're here for spring break we actually have a increase number of breakfast and lunches served," said McCoy.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6