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Cedar Falls daycare closes suddenly


Some parents of young children are now out of luck now that a Cedar Falls daycare has abruptly closed, affecting dozens of families and giving them little notice to find someone else to watch their children.

The tough thing is, parents aren't really being told why Cradles 2 Crayons is closing.  All they now is they've got to find other childcare arrangements.

Lynette White just moved back to the Cedar Valley less than a year ago.  And she was nervous about finding a quality daycare center for her two-year-old daughter Peyton.  But she's been please with the care her daughter's received at Cradles 2 Crayons in Cedar Falls.

"I've had a great experience.  the teachers are wonderful there.  The staff is wonderful.  And Peyton loves it," said White.

But now, White and parents of all the nearly 60 kids who have been attending the facility are now left scrambling to find other childcare options.  Cradles 2 Crayons was in the process of being sold.  And Monday morning, the new owner left a note on the door telling families that the center would be closing immediately.

"It was just a shock.  And as some other parents started coming in and finding out, then we all kind of congregated in the room.  And you know, it was tears," White said.

Luckily, White's been able to make babysitting arrangements for the next few weeks until her daughter can get enrolled in a new daycare center.  But she's still concerned about how Peyton will do away from her friends and beloved teachers.

"I'm not sure if the school talked to them today [Monday].  I'm not sure if the teachers said goodbye.  I've been told by several people today that she's young, she'll adjust.  You want what's best for your children.  And this isn't what's best.  But hopefully it's a blessing in disguise, and we'll move on," said White.

The woman who was supposed to be purchasing the daycare has declined to comment.  The former owner of Cradles 2 Crayons, Nicol Geving, echoes Lynette White's concerns.  She issued the following statement:

"I had hoped that the center would stay as an operating childcare center and I am deeply saddened about the outcome that transpired today.  I can only imagine how devastated this is to all the parents, staff and children.  I wish nothing but the best for all the parties involved and I am extremely worried about how the children will handle this transition.   At the time of purchase, I really felt the new owner had good intentions for maintaining the center as an operating daycare."

Many parents are also concerned for the 18 full and part time staff members of Cradles 2 Crayons who will now be out of work.

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