Topeka Lutheran School CYC to close doors in June

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A local childcare center will close its doors by the end of June. The Topeka Lutheran School board announced he decision in a meeting Thursday night.

The looming closing date left many parents and teachers wondering, what's next?

"I was so shocked by the announcement," said Barbara Boudreaux, a mother whose children go to the Center for Young Children.

Nolan Schmidt, another parent whose children go to the CYC agreed.

"It's just sad, you know it's just tough," he said.

Parents have trusted the Topeka Lutheran School's Center for Young Children to care for their kids.

"It's a great school, great teachers, and you know we've had a good experience. (My) two kids have been here for two-and-a-half years now, so it's been a great school for us," Schmidt said.

The closing will displace about 90 kids and 20 staff members.

"First I felt panic about where I'm going to send my kids to school, because finding care for twins in really hard, but then I immediately switched over to the teachers," Boudreaux said.

"It was just awful the way they were told when we were told ... so awful to see them just lose their jobs in an instant."

The school board says the center was just too costly - losing around $20,000 to $30,000 annually for several years.

Parents say they're running into waiting lists as they look for new providers.

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas helps parents find the right care.

Reva Wywadis, the executive director says they're ready to work with these families.

"It will be a lot of children and families that will be looking for alternative child care, and what we want them to know is that we're not out there alone," she said.

"We will do everything we can to help them connect with another program."

Though parents and children will soon leave this program behind - the parents want the teachers to know they'll be missed.

"I just can't thank you enough for all you've done, and you are loved, and appreciated, and I hope you know
that we are behind you," Boudreaux said.

Topeka Lutheran Schools says it's doing everything it can to make this transition as smooth as possible - expanding other classes to take in a few displaced kids.