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With COVID Vaccines Ramping Up, So Are Child Care Waitlists

January 26, 2022
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Workers at Casa de Corazón locations found out Tuesday that they had been chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It does sort of feel like winning the lottery,” Casa de Corazón founder Natalie Standridge said.

The state of Minnesota is currently vaccinating a limited number of child care providers, but plans are in the works to expand as more supply comes in.

Standridge says they have had an increase in inquiries, tours, and enrollment this month.

“Now with the vaccine, it’s really a light at the end of the tunnel for so many individuals and families,” Standridge said.

Their child care centers saw anywhere from a 20-30 percent drop in enrollment when many families were able to get in without waiting. Things started picking up again in the fall. Now several locations are getting back up to a 12-18 month waitlist for infants.

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