Children’s World Presents Budget Concerns to City Council

Date posted - November 25, 2012

At their recent meeting, the Sheldon City Council heard a request from Children’s World to be included in the City’s budget.

In their presentation, representatives of Children’s World told the Council that they  are struggling financially due to the high cost of providing both Day Care and pre-school services in Sheldon.  Heidi Brown reported that the facility now serves 213 children and is open from six a.m. until six p.m.  She said these hours were set to help the workers at some of Sheldon’s major employers. In checking with similar facilities in surrounding  communities they found that many of them received help from entities such as the city or hospitals.  She also emphasized that although they are adjacent to East Elementary School, they are not part of the school system.

She said that it is not possible for them to charge enough per child  to cover all their costs, plus the debt  service relating to the recent building addition. In addition they are constantly struggling  with unexpected expenses such as the need to replace all the cribs in the baby room to meet current standards. Justin Jonas reviewed  a Children’s World financial statement which showed a net loss in 2011 of $26, 293.  It is expected the 2012 loss will be over eighty thousand dollars.  Some of this will be offset by donations which usually come in near the end of the year.  In 2011 they received forty thousand dollars in contributions.   This year as of September 30 they have received only nineteen thousand dollars.

Jonas stressed the importance of Children’s World to the entire community. He also said that it is not feasible to raise the daycare rates.  At the rate of three dollars per hour,  if a child is in day care forty hours per week that is a cost of  over six thousand, six hundred dollars a year. The City Council indicated they would discuss this as part of the budget process, but also urged them to look into other funding sources such as the Marketing Committee.  They were unsure if this would come under the guidelines set for the use of those funds.

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6 Responses to “Children’s World Presents Budget Concerns to City Council”

  1. Sioux Center Dad says:

    The large non-in-home daycare in Sioux Center charges $3.00 an hour plus meal expenses right now. You contract your hours and pay regardless of attendance that week. So I don’t know why Children’s World thinks this is amount is unreal? A friend of mine who helps run the large non-in-home daycare in a certain western Sioux County town states the common financial problems are parents who are not paying on time/making partial payments/missing payments. Causing the day care to always be in the hole.

  2. Mom says:

    I believe that is what they already charge but believe raising it above that is not feasible

  3. Red says:

    Can I suggest cutting out the receptionist’s position? I have been in children’s world often enough to see that the two main people working are the manager and financial person. The receptionist seems to be doing jobs that can be farmed out to other employees. I’m not saying that the receptionist is a poor worker, far from it, just the things I’ve seen her doing seem better suited to one of the teachers or aides.

  4. Sandy Johnson says:

    Sheldon can be VERY proud of Children’s World. The city and county need to consider it as a community service and helpful for economic development. All child care centers struggle and without the support of the city, county, and school they end of closing which has happened in several communities–one such center was open for over 30 years and without investment of local entities it ended up closing.

    I was involved when Sheldon first wanted a center then was amazed at the business leaders that made it happen—-Whatever it takes—keep it open–children and families need your center!! Your businesses and employees need the center!! I suggest a joint meeting of leaders to figure out HOW to make it happen—do NOT lose your excellent center.

  5. Late to the party says:

    Is Children’s World a non-profit or for-profit business? How is it that they are allowed to operate in the red? What stake does the city have in the business? Im not trying to be snarkey here, but I wasnt around when this was being formed…

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