Does Bowie need a new Daycare?

Does Bowie need a new Daycare?

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Helen

Anson, TX

#1 Sep 30, 2013
I was just wandering if Bowie needed and would support a new Daycare?
Been There

Grand Prairie, TX

#2 Oct 1, 2013
There is always a need for affordable, quality child care. A non-profit would be great.
Sweets

Euless, TX

#3 Oct 2, 2013
Probably not, Bowie has many home daycares and two centers that advertise spots open a lot. I don't think there's a big enough need to support another one. Bowie does need an Like an Afterschool program maybe something open from 3-6 that would pick kids up from school and give them somewhere to go till parents get off work or a home daycare that would take infants only!

Speaking as a mother of 4!
Helen

Anson, TX

#4 Oct 2, 2013
I am opening a new Daycare here in Bowie. It will be a daycare that kids can be Kids with a lot of grandmotherly love. The prices will be affordable and it will be for infants-up. It will be a daycare and not a preschool but there will be structure and a learning process I fell children need the chance to be kids and not always have to go to school. We will be a small daycare and have a 12 baby nursery with the ratio of 4 infants per caregiver.
Blue

Eastland, TX

#5 Oct 3, 2013
Helen wrote:
I am opening a new Daycare here in Bowie. It will be a daycare that kids can be Kids with a lot of grandmotherly love. The prices will be affordable and it will be for infants-up. It will be a daycare and not a preschool but there will be structure and a learning process I fell children need the chance to be kids and not always have to go to school. We will be a small daycare and have a 12 baby nursery with the ratio of 4 infants per caregiver.
Where will you be located and how soon will you be accepting enrollment?
Big Momma

Eastland, TX

#6 Oct 3, 2013
A 12 baby nursery is huge and no matter how many caregivers you have ain't none of them babies gonna get no sleep with 11 other babies in the same room! My oldest went to a large daycare when she was a baby and they only had 8 kids in a nursery and she still never slept with all the noise. I had to pull her out and put her in a home daycare and she did much better... But for people who dont care bout the quality of care their babies are getting it might work
Mrs BISD

Euless, TX

#7 Oct 3, 2013
It would be interesting to see a new daycare but financially I don't think it would make it in Bowie. I work at the elementary and we have less head start and PreK kids (3&4 year olds) this year than ever before. I know people with kids in both centers and some of the home daycares and all are very happy and I don't think would move their kids. Michelle's is a large daycare and isn't a preschool it's more like what you are wanting to open, then there is also the preschools in town and the Learning Tree that does a preschool curriculum inside the daycare so Bowie already has plenty of options and unless in of the centers in town shut down I don't see Another daycare surviving. 12 babies is too many for one nursery no matter how many caregivers you have.
wow

Wichita Falls, TX

#8 Oct 3, 2013
How about giving a little support for someone who wants to start their own business for once. If you don't want to use her you don't have to. No one is gonna know how it's gonna do unto they give it a try.
Helen

Anson, TX

#9 Oct 3, 2013
My nursery is a 12 baby nursery with four different rooms all with a caregiver so therefore there will be no need to worry about sleep they will be divide according to age. The daycare we be across the street from the hospital and we are looking to open by Dec. we have some remodeling to do first.
Helen

Anson, TX

#10 Oct 3, 2013
I don't think three babies to a room per care giver is to many. But we may rethink the nursery and keep less and use the extra rooms for other options. We could always do afterschool kids just trying to get a feel here what is needed the most.
Kim

Anson, TX

#11 Oct 3, 2013
Mrs. BISD You better do some research because Machelle's Daycare is a preschool. My child went there and they have a program they taught her every morning. But yes Machelle's offers a preschool I don't know if its a certified program but she calls it a preschool. And she has a 10 baby nursery because my son went to it. Her workers never seemed to have a problem keeping the 10 they had and my children love it there. So instead of running this lady down for wanting to start a new business you ought to do some investigating to support your opinion, and I feel that another option here in Bowie would be wonderful even though I'm happy now who knows about tomorrow.
bowie

Wichita Falls, TX

#12 Oct 3, 2013
Helen wrote:
I don't think three babies to a room per care giver is to many. But we may rethink the nursery and keep less and use the extra rooms for other options. We could always do afterschool kids just trying to get a feel here what is needed the most.
I wish you all the best and hope it works very well for you.
Kim

Anson, TX

#13 Oct 3, 2013
Helen I'm happy for you and I feel like another daycare would go over good. Being a mother of two I think there is a pretty high demand for it by talking to the mothers that I know with little ones that won't leave them at the local daycares for different reasons and takes their children to a daycare in Denton or Decatur. Good Luck
Mrs BISD

Euless, TX

#14 Oct 3, 2013
I'm not trying to be mean or put anyone down my mom has ran a daycare for 20 years by Dallas and I know that startup costs are 10,000 plus for a small daycare and I just don't think Bowie has the market for another one right now and don't want someone to go bankrupt trying to open a buisness there's no need for. My child went to Machelles and they did not do a preschool curriculum, they did some lessons as Helen has stated she wanted to but I work with preschool at the elementary and it was far from a preschool curriculum. Just to comply with fire codes in Bowie is going to be expensive unless your building already has a fire sprinkler and fire alarm system installed. That's 5000 right there. Smarty Pants had to spend 40,000 to install their fire alarm system when they moved to their new building. Plus if you want to cook in the building you have to have a 3000 vent hood system installed. It's just a huge investment for a business that profits very little unless your a huge center. I
Cool

Euless, TX

#15 Oct 3, 2013
Helen I think its a great idea! I do think bowie needs a nursery! I would say I wouldn't invest a lot of money into it right away though. How many kids are looking at taking and what age classes?
Good luck

Iowa Park, TX

#16 Oct 3, 2013
All I can say is good luck. I wanted to open one about a year and a half ago when Bowie only had 1 daycare but financially it was impossible with the new fire codes that went into effect that year. Mrs BISD was right I was quoted 6,900 to install the fire alarm system that would be required if I wanted to take infants and 3,500 for the ventilation system for the stove. I also would have had to spend 1,300 on the playground and that's before playground equipment/toys. The building I had had lots of smaller rooms and you have to have 35 square feet per child which only would have allowed me like. 8 kids per class in the bigger rooms and there was no way to bring in enough money to pay 1 teacher for 8 kids and cover bills. I had calculated that I would need 15,000 up front and would have to charge at least $140 for infants and $125 for older kids to pay bills/employees and no one in Bowie is going to pay that much when other daycares only charge $75-100 a week for daycare. Lu's all the money up front it would all be put into a building I was renting and for a business I didn't even know would make it and it was just too much. I have considered doing home daycare myself just not sure. I hope you find a way to make it work it is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be though. Good Luck to you in your ventures!
Suggestu

Wichita Falls, TX

#17 Oct 3, 2013
Talk to the YMCA in Wichita Falls - they might be able to assist with some information and assistance. Having a pro-rated fee would help so many moms here and I'm sure some would move to a licensed facility given an affordable alternative and many moms might take advantage of the extra work hours if the afterschool program was in place. Best of luck in any case.
Absolutely

Wichita Falls, TX

#18 Oct 4, 2013
Good luck wrote:
All I can say is good luck. I wanted to open one about a year and a half ago when Bowie only had 1 daycare but financially it was impossible with the new fire codes that went into effect that year. Mrs BISD was right I was quoted 6,900 to install the fire alarm system that would be required if I wanted to take infants and 3,500 for the ventilation system for the stove. I also would have had to spend 1,300 on the playground and that's before playground equipment/toys. The building I had had lots of smaller rooms and you have to have 35 square feet per child which only would have allowed me like. 8 kids per class in the bigger rooms and there was no way to bring in enough money to pay 1 teacher for 8 kids and cover bills. I had calculated that I would need 15,000 up front and would have to charge at least $140 for infants and $125 for older kids to pay bills/employees and no one in Bowie is going to pay that much when other daycares only charge $75-100 a week for daycare. Lu's all the money up front it would all be put into a building I was renting and for a business I didn't even know would make it and it was just too much. I have considered doing home daycare myself just not sure. I hope you find a way to make it work it is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be though. Good Luck to you in your ventures!
Well, you need to check again because the city will work with those interested in creating a new business in Bowie. Don't think so, go give it a try...Helen, may you be successful in your new venture and prosperous too.
Good luck

Iowa Park, TX

#19 Oct 5, 2013
Absolutely wrote:
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Well, you need to check again because the city will work with those interested in creating a new business in Bowie. Don't think so, go give it a try...Helen, may you be successful in your new venture and prosperous too.
The city of Bowie cannot change the State fire codes on daycares I think they went into effect in 2012 that ALL new daycares have to have a sprinkler system installed. There's nothing the city of Bowie can do because I thought it was BS when Doug told me what all I needed so I contacted the state fire marshals office and there is no getting around it. That's why there's not more daycare centers in Bowie and only one of them takes babies.
Hope

Euless, TX

#20 Oct 15, 2013
So Helen will you be opening the daycare?

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