Parents collect belongings from closed daycare in Cedar Rapids

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:35 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A Cedar Rapids daycare allowed parents to pick up their belongings Saturday morning after suddenly closing this week.

Kids Inc., on Cedar Rapids’ southwest side, closed its doors this week because of what it said was due to COVID-19 and staffing issues. The facility served over 100 children.

Dozens of parents came to pick up diapers, milk, and blankets that had been left at the daycare. Kelsi Uthe, a mom who has had her kids watched there for four years, said she was able to find someone to watch her kids, but finding daycare services wasn’t going to be easy for everyone.

“My four-year-old has no idea,” Uthe said. “I explained it like five times to them, but they don’t understand. Nobody knows what’s next. A lot of people are in limbo until school starts.”

The owner of the facility said they didn’t have enough employees to safely watch the number of children they had under Department of Human Services regulations. A spokesperson said the owner’s license for this facility expired Sunday.

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