Gas Prices Put Daycare in a Pinch

By Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

The rising cost of fuel is hurting everyone these days. A gallon of gas is higher than ever. But it's not just hurting people out on the roads, it's hurting local daycares as well.

"The bus driver is usually waiting outside, and we all walk up to the bus and after everyone is on there, then we go to another school, and pick there school up then come here," Clarissa Sanchez, a fifth grader at Aladdin's Castle, said.

That's a routine she's been doing for a long time.

"Since I was about two," Sanchez said.

The Aladdin's Castle daycare bus picks her up everyday from school, but with gas prices at an all-time high, things are about to change.

"We've had to increase our price for the summer for afterschool care," April Terrell, Owner and Director of Aladdin's Castle, said.

A week of summer daycare now costs parents $90 a week, up $25.

"You've got single moms here that are struggling as it is to pay what they're paying now," Amy Newby, a daycare mom, said. "And then, prices going up, I don't know what they're going to do, if they're going to stay here or, I really don't know how they're going to do that."

It's getting more expensive to run the buses to the fun things too.

"We go swimming, we go bowling, putt-putt, just a lot of other fun stuff," Sanchez said.

"Next year, we'll have to really hold back on some of the field trips we go on," Terrell said. "Probably not going to the library, probably not going to the career day, not going to the park as often."

It's not just the fuel costs that have made times tough, food costs have gone up too.

"The people who bring us the food put a surcharge on their delivery, so things like that are just happening daily," Terrell said.

But for now, she just plans to bite the bullet, taking one day at a time.

"We try to keep the kids busy and learning, and always going," Terrell said.

"That's the best part," Sanchez said.