OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The child care industry has been hit especially hard. Many across the country are closing their doors permanently, but a local daycare has found a way to stay open and serve their community during the pandemic.
When it hit, Peek-a-boo Daycare Center hadn't even been open a year.
Owners Julie and Casanova Brooks say it was stressful, especially with so many unknowns.
"There are still families that are out there that need us,” said Julie. “We have a lot of healthcare workers that need us, so we had to stay open. I know some closed down, but we stayed open just to help support those families."
The pair implemented new health precautions to make sure they are keeping their clients safe.
For example, temperature checks are required at the door and children five years of age and older must wear masks. Daily cleaning has also doubled.
“A lot of people have tried to figure out how they can have balance,” said Julie. “Even people that were working from home still needed to bring their kids a couple of days but then people who already had the pleasure of bringing their kids — it gave them a stable environment which is something we were all looking for."
The couple said being parents themselves has helped them understand what others want in a good daycare — especially in a time when health and safety are a top priority.
The pair work together to run the business but it was really Julie’s dream that's made it what it is today.