KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The winter weather has made it a busy week for Kiddie Depot Daycare, LLC.
Owners of the center, Myron and Patty McCant, say they see the challenge some of their parents may face when schools have snow days.
“Parents, in spite of the weather, their employers, unless it’s just absolutely inclement, their employers are anticipating them to get to work and so our center, our business, is a business that tries to make a difference,” Myron McCant said.
It’s one of the reasons the center stays open 24 hours, seven days a week, sometimes even in the worst of weather conditions.
“Just listening to parents and hearing them on the social media, it is hard and a lot of them are threatened with their jobs because they can't find a sitter and lot of those children end up being at home alone so we want to curb that,” Penney McCant said.
From infants to 12-year-olds, the center hopes to expand in the near future to accommodate more families when snow days like these may occur.
“I can't stand the thought of them being home, without lunches and stuff like that,” Penny McCant said. “So that's one of the things that when we do expand is try and tackle to where our parents will have a place to bring them.”
The center already has a waiting list of more than 300 children.
“We try to be that accommodating center for the parents and as we partner with those other employers to make sure that those children have a place to go and those parents can get to work,” Myron McCant said.
While it’s been a busy week at hand, owners say they provide an extra hand, providing love, education and nutrition.
“A lot of our kids, the underserved kids are not properly nourished, we understand the value of education,” Myron McCant said. “We feel like if we show a child how much we love them first and foremost, then I can get their attention to be able to educate them.”