Inyo County parents looking for child care services continue to find it challenging with 115 child care slots having closed in Inyo County since September 2021, according to the Inyo County Office of Education’s Child Care Planning Council.

Serena Johnson, director of Inyo County Health & Human Services First Five Program, stated in an email that child care in Inyo County is a mixture of center-based facilities, such as preschools, family child care homes, and family friend and neighbor care, like a grandmother caring for a grandchild.

Historically, infant and toddler care have been the hardest to find locally, with no centers offering child care for that age range, Johnson stated.

She said the Inyo County Office of Education’s Child Care Planning Council shared at its latest meeting that since September 2021, 115 child care slots have closed in Inyo County.

This makes the shortage in infant and toddler care expand to a shortage in preschool and after-school ages, with families stressed to find care for their children, Johnson stated.

For more on this story, see the May 14 edition of The Inyo Register.

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