Parents who have to work night shift now have an option for child care. A Child's World is offering 24/7 child care services. Registration began a couple of weeks ago for the program, which will begin July 9.
Center Director Kimberly Parker said she realizes the need for 24-hour child care due to the large number of manufacturing plants in the area that operate on a 24-hour basis. Ms. Parker also said parents who need to attend night classes at school or simply "enjoy a night out on the town" will find the new hours beneficial to their schedule.
"It is really hard for the working people to have quality childcare," Ms. Parker said. "I do foresee the service doing wonderful and being successful once the community grasps that it is offered."
The night-time service will run on a schedule the same way the day program does. Ms. Parker said the children will go to bed at 9 p.m. every night. She said the staff will then prepare for the next morning's activities, clean, or work on other duties. No staff member will be allowed to sleep.
"They have to stay awake in case of an emergency," Ms. Parker said.
Ms. Parker added that the building has been made secure for 24-hour occupation; and, a security system was installed that prohibits anyone from walking in without approval and attention from a staff member.
"We are very well prepared," she said.
The program is open to any children from six weeks to 12 years old. Registration is required to attend. For more information, call 706-595-4041 or visit the center at 101 Pecan Avenue.