Fewer Stay at Home Moms Cause Increase in Daycare Services

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - So many stay at home moms enjoy spending their day with their children, but for some parents the tough economy is causing them to put down the play toys, and head back to a 9 to 5 job.

"With my older son, he was in daycare, so it was hard. I would have to leave him in the morning and come back at night," Working Mother, Alicia Coggins, said.

Lately she's not the only mother going back to work. "The majority of what we're seeing is that more children are being placed in child care. I'm seeing more moms go back to work to where they have that second income," Daycare Owner, Linda Coggins, said.

For Linda Coggins, her daycare has had an increase in enrollment, and with that comes major adjustments. "Recently we opened another baby room, because we were getting calls for babies, and it's already full," Coggins said.

Coggins added she knows a few parents who have recently taken a huge pay cut in their salary, but her daycare offers some sort of relief.

"Parents are appreciative that we provide all of the food; they don't have to supply that and worry about formula because we furnish that too," Coggins said.

For the mothers who are having to return to work and leave their little ones behind, the adjustment can take some time to get used to.

"It's like a doctor situation you're attached when they're there, and you do what you can for them, but you know they have to leave eventually," Coggins said.