Local daycares seeing influx of kids, dealing with staffing issues

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The pandemic hit daycares hard and forced some to close for good. Now daycares are getting slammed with requests to add more kids since schools have let out.

“We’ve seen an influx of kids coming in,” said Rich Gall, the owner of Kiddie City Child Care Center.

Kiddie City Child Care Center in Butler County is one of dozens of local daycares dealing with staffing issues.

“It’s hard. I’m the owner and I’m here a lot covering people who are sick and on vacation,” said Gall.

The center is trying to hire part timers to help. They care for kids from 6 weeks old to sixth grade. Right now, the center is full, and several families are on a waitlist. They’re trying to meet the high demand.

“We opened a couple new rooms this year, so we are taking a few more kids because some of the local centers have closed,” said Gall.

Local day camps are understaffed, as well. The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has 15 summer day camps throughout Allegheny County, and they are already filled up. A total of about 100 families are on waiting lists. As they hire more staff, they hope to open up more spots.

As for COVID-19, we are seeing more cases in our area, so the YMCA’s day camps have staff wearing masks indoors and cleaning protocols.

Many daycares are monitoring the situation closely.

“We are monitoring the kids and if they have temperatures, we have zero tolerance on that. If they have a fever, they get isolated and get sent home,” said Gall.

Right now, there’s a huge need for daycare and day camp workers. Information to apply for YMCA day camps: https://www.ycamps.org/contactus/summer-jobs/

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