Childcare alternative for working parents

By Shannon Johnson

Childcare has been a topic of conversation lately among Baker residents with many parents unable to find employment due to a lack of childcare. Although Baker doesn’t currently have a child care facility in operation, there are options available for parents with kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Fallon County Recreation Department offers an after-school program from the time that school is dismissed until 5:10 p.m. Currently they have 82 kids registered and approximately 25 kids a day. Angie Rabbitt, the manager of the Fallon County Recreation Department, estimates that attendance and registration numbers are consistent with previous years.

Kids who attend the after-school program start off their afternoon with some free time to play. Following that, they receive a nutritious snack to refuel their bodies and brains after a hard-days studying. After their snack, the kids head outside if the weather permits or over to the gym to participate in games that will get their bodies moving. Once they’ve burned off all their excess energy, the kids are offered an art or a craft project to participate in. The afternoon is then wrapped up with free time or time to do their homework.

The children attending the after-school program do need to be registered before they can attend. A registration form can be found on the county website.