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Rising costs of services, decreasing resources create shortage of affordable childcare in Finger Lakes

When Heather Dries was first looking for childcare, she experienced much anxiety over where to take her kids, Macie-Sue and Marshall. Finding a spot in a safe, affordable center in the county proved difficult.

“When I had [my daughter], I was completely stressed about getting daycare for my son,” she said. “I didn’t know who I could trust.”



Dries, a student at Tompkins Cortland Community College, considered herself lucky when a spot opened up at the childcare center on campus, Arthur Kuckes Childcare Center.

“They were full when we started looking, and then, all of the sudden, they had a spot open and I was able to get them in here,” she said. “It was fantastic, … and they truly love my children.”

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