Hundreds of Chesterfield parents are upset after finding out they only have one week to find a new daycare for their children.
The owners of the Kids R Kids daycare in Midlothian have decided to close the center’s doors, affecting about 180 kids.
“This is our children’s second home,” said mother Amrah O’Donnell.
Her son Rylan has been at Kids R Kids since he was 8-weeks old. She says that’s all he’s known.
“He’s currently in the Pre-K program. I know that he’s been coming home all excited about working on their graduation.”
But now he has one week to say goodbye to those plans, his teachers and friends.
“It was heart-wrenching,” said O’Donnell.
In an email sent to all parents Friday night, the owners of the daycare announced the center will close for good next Friday, March 6.
It says “in recent years…the center…has experienced a period of financial difficulty and can no longer sustain ongoing operations.”
“The fact that it came out at 7:15 on a Friday night via email…. They never made mention to anybody during the week–they didn’t make mention to the staff or parents–during the week that this was coming,” said O’Donnell.
“It’s very hard to think that this has been going on for a while and it was closed we didn’t get any kinds of head’s up or warning that this was coming,” said Jac White, who has a daughter at Pre-K and an older son who now goes there for afterschool.
“They’ve had pretty much the same group of kids that have been together for 5 years now, and I think it’s going to be really hard on her, especially,” he said.
White created a private Facebook Page for the parents.
“We can talk about ideas of places, availability, rate, any of those kinds of things just to try to help everybody out who’s going through the same process,” said White.
White says some area daycares have posted on the page and will hold open houses Sunday so those parents can take a look.
Parents say the staff at the daycare also got the news Friday night, and are now scrambling to find new jobs.
“They are by far the best staff members I have ever met,” said O’Donnell.
8News reached out to the owners of Kids R Kids and were not able to get in touch.