FARGO — Hope Lutheran's Hope Center for Learning is the latest facility impacted by staffing shortages, as they are being forced to close the infant room at their north campus (2900 Broadway N.), leaving families with just weeks to find new care.
"It has been very, very stressful. I can't imagine what it has been like for other parents," said Hannah James, whose 1-year-old daughter, Miriam, attends the daycare.
Hannah and her husband Chris are among the parents left scrambling to find childcare.
"There doesn't seem to be a good way to navigate finding another daycare, everyone's just kind of on their own," said Chris James. "We were given two weeks' notice on this."
Not only will Hannah and Chris lose the convenience of walking Miriam to the daycare down the street from their home. They have also learned firsthand how tight the childcare market is, having made dozens of calls to find a place for Miriam before the infant room shuts down a week from Friday.
"If you just look at any of the groups that we've reached out to, everyone's trying to find care," said Hannah James.
Like several parents, Hannah took to the Nextdoor app with a plea for help, and for them it paid off, and they found a provider.
They say they're the lucky ones.
"I'm sure a lot of the people who were in that room, and that got that news, are struggling," Chris James said. "They're in a frustrating situation of like, 'How do I make ends meet? How do I take care of my child? I haven't done anything wrong. What's wrong with the system that this is happening to me?'"