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Farmington parents left scrambling after Care-A-Lot Child Care forced to downsize due to staff shortages

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Farmington parents are facing increased stress due to a worsening childcare shortage, as Care-A-Lot Child Care has been forced to close several classrooms at their Farmington location, impacting 30 families. The decision comes as a result of ongoing staffing shortages at the facility.

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Parents are now scrambling to find alternative childcare services, with one Farmington parent expressing concern after learning that his infant and toddler would no longer have daycare at Care-A-Lot starting Friday. The staffing shortages at the center have reached a critical point, with numerous teachers suddenly unavailable.

The situation has left many parents struggling to balance work and childcare responsibilities. While Care-A-Lot is attempting to maintain spots for affected families, they cannot guarantee daily care, and finding alternative daycare options has proven challenging and costly.


Care-A-Lot owner David Kolczynski admits that the situation is difficult, as the initial intention was to provide two weeks’ notice for the changes. However, recent events, including a couple of teachers contracting COVID, have forced them to act sooner. Kolczynski believes that the only viable solution involves the state providing funding to address the issue.

In the meantime, parents are left in a precarious position as they search for other childcare centers or try to adjust their schedules. Kolczynski notes that they have already relocated at least seven families to other childcare centers and will hold their spots until Care-A-Lot can reopen more classrooms.