Daycare closes down in 18 days, leaves parents scrambling for alternatives

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LARGO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Some parents are scrambling to find a place to take care of their kids after a popular child care center in Largo informed them they're shutting down.  But the question is: could those parents have been given more notice?

The center says they told parents once they knew for sure and gave them 30 days, but time is ticking down. In 18 days, this place will close. Some parents say ChildTime knew months ago this could happen and just wanted their money.

Parents received a letter dated November 21 that said child time would shut down 12/20. It seems, Prince George's Community College needed the space, and let the center know back in March. They say the center requested an extension and got one - the lease will end December 31, 2013. The college says they even reiterated that they needed to go back in August, and also said this:

"The Learning Care Group/Childtime was aware in March 2013 that it would be unable to use the property beyond December 31, 2013. The college assumed that the Learning Care Group/Childtime would communicate immediately with its clients. If that did not occur, the college views this as unfortunate."

-- Jennifer L. Colter, PGCC

We spoke to a ChildTime spokesperson who said this:

"Once it was confirmed that it would not be feasible for us to operate a school in Largo, we informed staff and parents about the news. We do not prematurely inform parents about a closure until a final decision has been made."

-- Lydia Cisaruk, Learning Care Group, Inc.

ChildTime says parents can enroll their children at their sister school, La Petite Academy in Bowie, which is 7 miles away.

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