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Our children's welfare has to come first

Packer Playland Childcare & Preschool Inc. at 430 Sheyenne St. in West Fargo was closed to patrons on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. It was the third daycare to close on short notice in West Fargo in recent months, and the fifth daycare in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. David Samson / The Forum

It's been several years since I've had children in daycare, but I remember how hard it was to find someone to fill in when our babysitter got sick or went on vacation. We didn't have the luxury of having grandparents or relatives living close by who could watch the kids for the day if something came up.

So when I hear news coverage about the rash of daycares being forced to close their doors in West Fargo and the F-M area recently, my heart goes out to the families. The fact that the daycares closed their doors with such short notice is disturbing enough in itself. But for the families to find out about the closings by reading a notice posted on the door when they came to drop off their children at their daycare is inexcusable.

I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision for the daycares to close their doors, and there are probably many underlying reasons that forced them to close on such short notice. But I would think that the courtesy of a quick phone call to each of the families enrolled in the daycares would have been the least they could have done.

Parents look long and hard to find the right daycare provider who will nurture their children and give them the best care in their absence while they are at work. They put their trust in their daycare provider to keep their children safe and provide a loving atmosphere.

Are daycares becoming so institutionalized that we are losing the human touch?