South Omaha community center serving working families

Posted at 10:24 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 23:24:26-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A South Omaha community center is open to parents who still need to work everyday and can't do it from home.

Debra Salcedo is a mother of 3 and says she's thankful for the Kids Can community center.

She works at a grocery store and was left with few options when schools and day-cares closed.

"You know the other option is to take them to work with you but then being around everybody in the grocery store that's not healthy either so I was stressed," Salcedo said.

Kids Can closed for two weeks back in March, the facility was deep cleaned and has since re-opened for parents who can't work from home.

It's operating at less than half its capacity to follow the 10-person rule.

"We made sure that kids didn't move from classroom to classroom," Kids Can CEO Robert Patterson said. "They no longer use the water fountains, we gave them their own water bottles, same kids use the same restrooms, same kids stay with the same teachers."

Patterson also tells 3 News Now kids are no longer allowed to eat in the cafeteria, they can now only in eat in their classrooms.

He says they're operating as safely as possible.

"We knew those parents needed us first, they were the ones already working the front lines," he said."They need to go to work, I depend on them when I go to get groceries, or my own gas so Kids Can wanted to step up and make sure those parents were served first."

For parents like Salcedo, she's taking it day by day.

"I never even in a million years thought that we'd be going through something like this," she said. "Just hang in there and in there and hopefully it'll get better.