KeepHealthCare.ORG – Daycare center closing surprises parents
Dianne L Stallings, Ruidoso News
Published 4:11 p.m. MT July 11, 2018
Staff of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department offer help to parents in tracking down alternate daycare
Green Child owners celebrated the opening at the new site in December 2017.(Photo: Courtesy Photo/Ruidoso Valley Greeters)
Story HighlightsGrandmother says her granddaughter was sent home with a note about the Tuesday closing on the preceding Friday
One of the Ruidoso area’s child care centers closed this week.
The Ruidoso News received calls from parents and one grandparent, who said they were upset about the abrupt closure of the Green Child center at 637 Sudderth Drive.
A woman said her granddaughter was sent home with a note Friday that the center would be closing the following Tuesday, leaving little time for people to find alternate daycare for their children. She said most of the other centers in the village have long waiting lists.
Attempts to contact owners Steve and Deborah Moore for comment were unsuccessful. The center opened at the site in December 2017, after first operating out of the former Mountain Annie’s complex in midtown Ruidoso. It was licensed with the state for up to 82 children.
“The closing of this childcare center was voluntary and we played no role in their closing,” Henry Varela, communication officer for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, said Tuesday.
“Our staff is committed to assisting with placements,” he said. “Parents can make contact with our staff in the Alamogordo office at 575-443-9981 or 575-443-9982. Region IX (Cooperative Education) also has been working closely with our staff to assist families with alternate care.”
Varela supplied a list of 11 other centers licensed in the area. Region IX operates Head Start in Hondo, licensed for 20 children, Capitan for 29 and Ruidoso for 116 children. A child care lab operates at Ruidoso High School for 21 children.
Privately run centers include First Christian Church’s Development Center at 1211 Hull Road for 76 children; Eileen Histen day care on Meander Drive for 12; Early Years Childhood Center on U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs for 37 children; Janeth Lucero on East Circle in Ruidoso Downs, licensed for 12 children; Eva Mendoza on River Lane in Ruidoso Downs, licensed for 12 children; Imagination Station on Junction Road in Ruidoso for 33 children; and Rocking Horse Learning Center on Adobe Avenue in Carrizozo, licensed for 25 children.
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