Plainview plans daycare on campus

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PLAINVIEW, Okla. -- With many families now made up of two working parents, the need for child care is growing across the country and right here in Texoma.

One local school's after school program has expanded so much, they want to put a day care facility on campus.

Parents know it can be hard to find quality care for their children, so the Plainview School District is stepping in to help out by planning to open a new day care facility on campus.

Plainview school officials are looking at four different bids to construct the daycare facility on the north side of the campus.

Officials say schools in bigger cities have child care on site, and it’s making life easier for parents, especially parent-teachers

"Up around Oklahoma City, there are schools that have this program going for their teachers and support staff,” director Pam Parker says.

"One of the things we have seen has been a need for a very safe quality environment for young children." principal primary school Lisa Moore says.

To finance the project, school officials applied for a $150,000 grant through the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation. Another $40,000 would come from the current after-school fund, and parents are showing their support through their own donations.

"My parents donated, I had close to $10,000 donated by parents and teachers in school."

Preschool teacher Michelle Moore has a 3-year old daughter in private daycare. She says she would much rather have her child close by when she's in the classroom with people she knows she can trust.

"It would have been a nice benefit to have your child here on campus with you. You can ride together to work visit her during your breaks," Moore says.

School board members are meeting right now to look over the bids they've received. They say they will pick one during Wednesday night's special meeting.

Board members say they are still ironing out the details of the project, including cost for parents. They say once built, this will be the only daycare on a school campus in the area.

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