When walking the streets of Mantua and Parkside looking for leads on our “tell the governor” story, Emily and I noticed a big trend in businesses: daycares. There was at least one on every block; some blocks two.
We stopped outside of one and reached for the door. It was closed for the day. A man standing outside asked us what we were looking for. He explained to us that the daycare had not received any payments from the state since July. The man said they were struggling to keep their heads above water.
We received the same story at every childcare facility we visited. Yet their doors were still open (barely). They were willing to speak to us. They wanted to be heard.
Donissa Lawrence, an administrative assistant at Heavenly Hall daycare in Mantua explained to use why daycare was so important to the area.
“People have to work and they have children. This is where they bring their kids when they have to work and make a living for themselves.”
With the state budget signed, these businesses will finally get the funding they are owed. Hopefully, they will be able to relieve the stress of the past couple of months and get back to what is truly important, the children of their community.