By Terry Kovarik
Working parents need daycare in Door County, just like other communities. But it’s a challenge to find daycare that’s affordable. The Door County Y operates the only state-certified daycare center serving Sturgeon Bay and the central Door Peninsula. The Barker Childcare Center on Egg Harbor Road has a capacity of 92 children and vacancies are few. Chief Executive Officer Tom Beerntsen says the need for additional child care will grow as younger families move into the workforce. And that will require specially trained staff.
Beerntsen says despite that demand starting a new daycare center can be an expensive proposition. He estimates building a facility similar to the Barker Childcare Center would cost at a minimum one-million dollars. And Beerntsen says that leaves families with few viable alternatives.