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Measure of a city’s strength is how it cares for youngest

Danielle Kriner, right, picks up her 4-month-old daughter, Kaiyah Landness, from her mother's house in North Lawrence. Kriner's mother, Shawna Shelby, and her husband, Terry Shelby, take turns watching Kaiyah while Kriner works. Kriner said the soonest she could get her daughter into a day care center that takes infants would be January.

Danielle Kriner, right, picks up her 4-month-old daughter, Kaiyah Landness, from her mother's house in North Lawrence. Kriner's mother, Shawna Shelby, and her husband, Terry Shelby, take turns watching Kaiyah while Kriner works. Kriner said the soonest she could get her daughter into a day care center that takes infants would be January.

September 14, 2008

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Terry Shelby watches after his 4-month-old granddaughter, Kaiyah Landness, Thursday at his home in North Lawrence. Shelby and his wife, Shawna Shelby, take turns watching their granddaughter five days a week while her mother is at work.

Terry Shelby watches after his 4-month-old granddaughter, Kaiyah Landness, Thursday at his home in North Lawrence. Shelby and his wife, Shawna Shelby, take turns watching their granddaughter five days a week while her mother is at work.

Day care summit set for this month

Douglas County Leadership Delegation on Early Learning will present a summit for local businesses from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Maceli's, 1031 N.H.

The presentations :

¢ "What the Science of Early Brain Development Tells Us About Community Economic Well-being." The speaker is Rick Gaskill, clinical director, Sumner Mental Health Center, Wellington.

¢ "The Business Case for Investing in Early Childhood: Economic Payoffs for Local Communities." Speakers are Robert Regnier, president and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley, and Chip Blaser, executive director of the, Douglas County Community Foundation.

¢ "Investing in Children." The speaker is Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder, Families and Work Institute, New York City.

Register for the summit online at WeNeedEarlyCare.net or e-mail Successby6@sunflower.com. You can also call 842-8719. Attendance is free, but space is limited; reservations are required.

Danielle Kriner started searching for a day care center even before she had her now 4-month-old daughter.

She's still searching.

"I've called everywhere and there wasn't a spot open for her," said Kriner, who works in the office at Ballard Community Services, 708 Elm St., which also operates day cares.

Kriner found few day care centers that will take infants, and those that do have a long waiting list for spots that might open. There are in-home day cares, but Kriner said she feels more comfortable about a public center. So Kriner's daughter stays at grandmother's house while Kriner works.

Even if Kriner eventually finds a day care center, the expense will be great - amounting to several hundred dollars a month.

Kriner's difficulty finding day care services is a problem faced by many working parents. It's a problem that can affect a worker's productivity and the ability of a community to attract and retain businesses, some community and business leaders say.

"It's a major concern of companies," said Beth Johnson, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. "If your children aren't taken care of then parents aren't taken care of, which means they are late for work or don't come in."

Companies considering a move to a new community will want to know whether the firms that are already there are pleased with where they are. Prospective companies will contact the local firms and inquire, Johnson said.

"The first thing is, you have to make sure your existing companies are happy and their needs are met," she said. "That's how it helps us on the recruitment side."

The importance of day care to families and a community's economic development will be discussed during a Sept. 26 summit for Douglas County businesses. The summit will be presented by the Douglas County Leadership Delegation, made up of several business and community leaders. The title of the summit, to be held at Maceli's, 1031 N.H., is "Building Our Future Right From the Start; The Economic Promise of Investing in Early Childhood."

The leadership delegation obtained a $10,000 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to pay for the summit.

The delegation was set up after two groups of local leaders attended conferences in Wichita in 2006 and 2007 focusing on early childhood development. The conferences were organized by the health foundation

"They really challenged us to go out and try to make a difference in our community in the interest of early childhood development," said Maley Wilkins, community president at Peoples Bank and a member of the delegation.

The delegation found that in 2007, 1,300 babies were born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A check with day care centers found only 73 slots for infants, meaning a long waiting list.

"It's something that could get worse, and it's good to get to talking about it now," said delegation member Jean Milstead, director of community relations at Emprise Bank.

Some day care centers are expanding, but it still won't be enough, Milstead and Wilkins said.

Ballard Community Services operates three day care centers and plans to open a fourth. It is interested in partnering with businesses and has been talking with the hospital about a child day care for its employees, said Dianne Ensminger, Ballard president and CEO.

"We try to work a partnership with businesses. There are a number of ways we can make it work," she said.

Wilkins hopes the leadership summit spurs other businesses to seek partnerships for child day care services.

"We don't have a set goal, but we want to start a conversation," she said. "I think people are very bright and creative and if we can just pair up our businesses with the resources in our community, we'd probably be pretty impressed."

Comments

notajayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree, Dena, and wasn't trying to imply otherwise. We have had our own problems, although lasting days, not months, finding daycare in the past. I was merely stating that the numbers they threw out there are pretty misleading.We won't need daycare for the one that's on the way, but if we did, we'd have been looking already, not the day before (or even the month before) he arrives. Does make it tough on foster parents, though, who don't have the same kind of warning.

notajayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

Just what we needed, another new 'delegation' to throw around meaningless statistics.First off, how exhaustive was the search that found only 73 openings? Did they just check the SRS list of providers approved to accept Vision card payments? Did they just check public agencies, or did they include the in-home providers that people like Danielle Kriner CHOOSE not to utilize? Actually, finding 73 open slots at a particular time tends to suggest excess capacity - if there were a shortage, there would be no openings at all.It's not as if there's 1300 newborns competing all at once for 73 open slots. The number is meaningless without knowing what the percentage is of newborns that normally go straight from the hospital to daycare. Many people use not only alternatives such as the in-home providers, but have family that can care for the infant, and [gasp] some mothers actually stay home and care for them themselves.

LogicMan 6 years, 3 months ago

"Measure of a city's strength is how it cares for youngest"No, that's a measure of their parents.Cities are measured on how efficiently they provide basic services (water. sewer, garbage, streets, police, fire/EMT, etc.), and anything else is gravy.

ASBESTOS 6 years, 3 months ago

"If these referenced "liberals" and "conservatives" can indeed be identified in the environment, then intensive remediation is warranted, IMHO. Given the natural anomalies which they must be, rather than burial, perhaps they should be preserved in museums-or freeze-dried, thin-sliced and placed on exhibit at Union Station."That is a GREAT piece of writing! Every word is needed, and no other words are needed and if added would absolutely lessen the message.I liked it!

towanda54 6 years, 3 months ago

jason2007whereas, the extreme right only cares about it while it is a fetus, not when it's a baby. Go back and read their comments this article. Hands off once the baby is born, but the extreme right don't want individuals to makes choices before then. "and stab the fetus in the back of the skull with scissors and remove the little parasite". I believe partial birth abortions have been outlawed. According to http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html 52% of all abortions occur before the 9th week of pregnancy, 25% happen between the 9th & 10th week, 12% happen between the 11th and 12th week, 6% happen between the 13th & 15th week, 4% happen between the 16th & 20th week, and 1% of all abortions (16,450/yr.) happen after the 20th week of pregnancy. At 8 weeks the fetus is about the size of a kidney bean. That's an incredibly skilled physician who could perform the procedure you describe below when 99% of abortions are performed.You can post are the graphic untruths you want, but it doesn't make it so. The anti-choice folks want us to believe that women walk in and ask for an abortion on a whim when their in the third trimester. The statistics above don't support that. Of the 1% of abortions that are performed after 20 weeks, they are performed when the fetus has severe and multiple disabilities that are often incompatible with life and would die during or after birth or to save the life of the mother.

denak 6 years, 3 months ago

I find it hard to believe that, in what is probably a six month search, she could not find a good day care. However, there is a problem finding daycare in this city especially if you have to do it on short notice. As a foster parent, I get called for children all the time and one of the first things I have to do is try to find daycare and after school care for many of my kids.Not an easy task and there have been times when I have had to have siblings in different centers because there was only one opening in one center and one opening in another center. I have had to turn down kids because there isn't any openings.And trying to get a slot in the after-school program after the school is in session, is almost impossible.And the Boys and Girls club isn't any help. You would think that they would put foster kids at the top of their list, since they supposedly serve "at risk" children, but no, foster kids have to go to the bottom just like any other kids, which makes absolutely no sense. My problems getting daycare isn't just indicative of what foster parents go through, but indicative of what all parents go through. It is hard to find daycare in this town if they need it soon.Dena

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

I saw the headline and wondered how long it would take for it to become an abortion flame war. Apparently, not long.

sdinges 6 years, 3 months ago

There was an article this weekend about SIDS on cnn.com.http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/family/09/12/sids.infants/index.html"Preliminary research also suggests that babies who begin daycare before 4 months of age.. may be at increased risk as well. In the most recent AAP analysis, about 20 percent of all SIDS deaths occurred while the baby was in the care of someone other than a parent. One third of the infants died during the first week of childcare, and half those deaths occurred on the very first day."That's scary business for anyone considering putting an infant in daycare.

Luxor 6 years, 3 months ago

So now daycare is a CITY issue? SPare me.

Jason Bailey 6 years, 3 months ago

Towanda: My point was to illustrate the extreme ugliness of abortion in general. I wasn't alluding to the 3rd trimester but thanks for bringing up the point that it HAD to be outlawed in order to stop unscrupulous abortion doctors from performing it.I believe my point was clear...liberals don't have a problem with killing babies before they're born in the 1st and 2nd trimesters but once they're out, hands off.The right absolutely cares about babies. You must misinterpret individual rights and the conservative tenets of self-reliance as uncaring. Just because a bunch of doting government agencies aren't intruding into my life to ensure I take great care of my kids doesn't make me feel like the government isn't interested. I, the parent, take care of my kids. It's my responsibility not the government's and not other taxpayers. This is income redistribution, plain and simple and it's removing the focal point of responsibility from the parents and moving it to the populace. It's not our responsibility.

2beavolunteer 6 years, 3 months ago

We go to Kiddie Korner in Desoto. They have a wonderful new baby room. The teachers are the best and are very caring. Another thing to mention is it is always clean. I will drive way out of my way to know my son is in the best of hands......

6 years, 3 months ago

Did this not occur to any of you?Since Ballard is a "community" based organization, why are they not willing to make arrangements for this young lady to bring her child to work with her?

Jason Bailey 6 years, 3 months ago

It always amazes me how kids are the focus of humanitarian efforts UNLESS the mom decides she doesn't want the child. Then it's all holds barred to get to the clinic and stab the fetus in the back of the skull with scissors and remove the little parasite.There's been a commercial on the radio recently that starts out saying, "Congratulations, Kansas. We've just given birth to a new law..." I always chuckle when I hear this. We need the government to tell us that we as parents need to screen our kids for disease.Our liberties are continuously being eroded and society continues its march to socialism. This article proves it.

timbercreeks 6 years, 3 months ago

I run a home daycare and get at least 3 calls a week for infant care needed. Unfortunately the state will only let us take 3 kids 18 months & under at one time so I do not have any openings. I would love to be able to watch more, if I had the time and capability. http://www.timbercreekkids.com

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

jason: "... liberals don't have a problem with killing babies before they're born in the 1st and 2nd trimesters but once they're out, hands off."One has to wonder whether these so-called "liberals" and "conservatives" actually occur in nature. Tho' I'm pretty sure no "conservative" contributorto these forums would have me even as a distant cousin, my perspectiveon "life" would appear to be indistinguishable from that of Sarah Palin ( as far as I can tell, based on "the interview," and little else, intellectual slacker that I am ) .( Still, I will not vote for her. I'd have a beer with her, let her beat me arm wrestling, sock her on the jaw, and sing songs of the Great North, arm-in-arm, all the way home... but vote... no. )If these referenced "liberals" and "conservatives" can indeed be identified in the environment, then intensive remediation is warranted, IMHO. Given the natural anomalies which they must be, rather than burial, perhaps they should be preserved in museums-or freeze-dried, thin-sliced and placed on exhibit at Union Station.That's the sort of thing I could see myself taking the grandkids to see. Human dinosaurs, as it were... "political" creatures.

Rationalanimal 6 years, 3 months ago

...excluding of course the most defenseless and unrepresented class of humans of all, those in gestation--aka as a "mass of cells" by the ultra compassionate left.

Mercy 6 years, 3 months ago

Agreed. How it cares for its youngest from the moment of conception.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 3 months ago

"Agreed. How it cares for its youngest from the moment of conception."+++Unless said child needs a ride to the doctor of course.

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 3 months ago

The Kansas Health Foundation has one goal: socialized medicine. Their funding of weekly "reports" on Kansas Public Radio promoting a government takeover of medicine are frightening.

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