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Federal Overtime Law Puts MSSU Child Development Center Out of Baby Business: Adds to Infant Care Demand

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The demand for infant care is getting a little greater in Joplin as Missouri Southern State University’s Child Development Center halts that part of its program.


 Bad news for moms like Maggie Beachner, who can come  pick up her baby for a visit. As an MSSU assistant professor of education she's in the same building as the Child Development Center. But soon her baby Nora won't be able to come here. The CDC is cutting infant care.
 

Beachner said she’s disappointed, "It’s so convenient. Most of the people who have children down there work on campus or they're students and so it was so convenient. That was our main reason for going  there, it just so happens it was wonderful place."

MSSU students learn about early childhood care working here. But the fair labor standards act overtime rule that mandates overtime pay and minimum salaries would be too costly for the university and for parents in terms of fees, to keep it. Normally teachers are exempt from the new labor regulations.

MSSU Dean of the School of Education Deborah Brown said of the government, "They do not consider infants, I have no better way of to say it, teachable. Which is totally absurd."

Beachner defended the CDC teachers and said,   "They don’t consider themselves babysitters. That’s not what they strive to  be and they have curriculum, even for infants, and they have standards they try to have the infants meet."

And the care there is in high demand.
Lindsey Hayes, mother of a twelve month old who will be allowed to stay at the CDC said, "We got on the waiting list when I was pregnant to make sure we could get her in there as early as we could.”

 Forty-eight are now on the CDC waiting list and the same is true elsewhere.

Charyl Copher owns Exploration Station and said, "We have at least fifteen on our waiting list all the time."

Exploration station gets four to five calls a day about infant care and even some now  from MSSU students who are parents who would have used the CDC. So Copher is renovating to create three more rooms to move some one year olds out of the nursery in order to make spaces there.

Copher said, "That's gonna create around seven new openings for the   infant."

Beachner will send Nora to a daycare where her newborn twin cousins will go.
She said, "I think I got the last infant spot that she had."

 While the CDC isn’t about profiting from its childcare programs, exploration station's owner says infants don't make a business money because of the staffing ratio of four babies to one adult. 

 

   

 

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