Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 April 2011 14:57
Closing of day care
As we all have heard, Kids Connection daycare and preschool is being forced by the church to close its doors in as little as two months. As a parent of children that go there, I am so saddened that such a wonderful thing for our community children will no longer be.
Along with being sad, I am very angry. As parents, we were never even informed that there were “reasons” to close this facility until after the closing announcements were already made. The Kids Connection staff couldn’t even answer our questions because they were not properly informed of what was going on.
Couldn’t we have tried to maybe resolve these problems, if we had been informed of what was going on? Couldn’t we have come together as parents, or as a community to fix these things? Wouldn’t that have been better than to just quickly close the doors on such a wonderful, Christian-based program?
I’ve talked to many members of the church who have stated they were never even informed of problems going on with this program, and if they had known, they don’t understand why they, as a church body, couldn’t of come together to resolve issues. Is this really OK? Is this really fair?
I feel like I as a parent don’t even have control of my own child here. Decisions regarding my child’s well-being were decided by some people I don’t even know.
Were the people who made this decision even thinking of all of the children involved in this program? Did they know how much they loved going there every day? Did they know that there is absolutely not enough home daycare in this town to accommodate half of the kids that attend Kids Connection? Where are we supposed to take our kids when we have to work?
With these hard economic times, are we expected to just quit our jobs because there is no adequate daycare in this town? Where are we supposed to take our children to preschool, when the Head Start preschool is already full?
I know that if you don’t have little ones who go here or any ties to this program, then you might not care, but please put yourselves in our shoes. These are our children here.
As for the staff of this facility, they have been nothing but wonderful. Not only are our children safe and well taken care of, these staff members love these kids like they were their own. I feel so sad for them to have to go through this and not even really know why.
I hope Hillsboro residents will see how much a proper daycare and preschool is needed and please help get something new going for these kids, and all of the kids to come.
I hope the members of this church who feel like they didn’t have a say in this selfishly-made decision think long and hard about this, and if they really want to be a part of a place where your voice doesn’t matter.
I feel betrayed, mad, confused and sad, and this will not be forgotten.
• As I heard the news today of the vote that happened over the weekend at the Hillsboro MB Church to close Kids Connection daycare, tears came to my eyes.
My daughter has been attending there for 11?2 years and has loved every day. I have always thought how awesome it was that the church had a ministry that reached children every day, not just at midweek and Sunday mornings. That they were meeting a community need by using a facility that would sit empty a majority of the time.
We all know that daycares are not a money-making business, but I thought that with the “help” the church provided with overhead, Hillsboro could have a quality daycare that was affordable. I now have the distinct feeling that money is more important than the ministry.
I don’t know the details. I am pretty sure that if we all had access to the budget that Kids Connection is running within their budget. If closing the daycare is a money thing, then the questions should be asked: Have they reached out to other area churches for additional help, or maybe there are community foundation funds that can assist in this very important need?
There is a need in Hillsboro for daycare and for a preschool. You can see it in the full classrooms of happy children.
I am very disappointed in those who voted against my child having a great daycare to attend close to where I work. I am disappointed in those who voted to do the same for so many other families.
HHS girls’ team
grateful for support
The Hillsboro High School girls’ basketball team would like to thank our coaches, parents, families, friends and community for all your support and encouragement throughout our season.
From teaching us the details of the game, long hours of practice, locker notes, team meals, words of encouragement, driving to ball games, and being there to cheer us on, we had a fun-filled, successful season.
None of our success would have been possible without your commitment to our team, and we would like each of you to know how much we appreciate all you have done.
A big thank-you goes to the Trojan Booster club and the businesses who put together the maroon madness T-shirts for our appearance at state. We cannot thank you all enough.
Krista Reimer on behalf of
HHS Trojan girls’ team