Nonprofit Newswire | Alabama Child Care Closings

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February 25, 2010; The Anniston Star | This article starts with the closing of one childcare center in Anniston, Alabama but moves to tell a much larger story about the state of that field. Apparently, between May 2000 and May 2009 the number of licensed childcare providers has declined from 4,268 to 2,456 and the number of licensed day care centers declined from 1,429 to 1,186. These figures are cited as being from Linda Tilly, executive director of VOICES for Alabama’s Children. The article talks of center closings as being the results of increased joblessness and as being seen as opportunities by other providers who may also be under-enrolled and hope to end up serving the children involved. We will keep watching to see what else we can find to give us a sense of how much of that infrastructure for working families is eroding.—Ruth McCambridge