Fort Mill: Daycare abruptly shuts down

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Fort Mill: Daycare abruptly shuts down



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Posted on August 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 7:20 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- An area daycare shuts down suddenly leaving parents desperately looking for help.

It happened at a Fort Mill church-based daycare.

One of the family's three dogs greets the NBC Charlotte team as we arrived. Around the bend we find 4-year-old Garrett. And fresh from his nap, we find 2-year-old Graham.

The 5-and-a-half-year-old and the 7-year-old aren't even home and still, Lissa Felzer’s house is a lot to handle.

“It’s pretty crazy around here; there’s a lot of us, and it’s been a constant juggle,” she says.

Felzer works from home, and has relied on morning childcare at Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Fort Mill for four years.

Friday the church sent about 55 families a letter announcing they were discontinuing the program.

“They’re closing the program, and it was like being punched in the gut-- closing this wonderful program we all felt so blessed to have,” Felzer expressed.

The reasons given? Human resources issues and space issues.

But when NBC Charlotte spoke with the program director, she said she, too, was shocked, and devastated.

She told Felzer the same thing. “She didn’t know why. She said church gave her a couple of reasons that didn’t really jive.”

A mother of four, she immediately went into action trying to find alternatives, which is tough two weeks before the start of school.

“It’s been a mad dash scramble and I am lucky I did find spaces for my boys, but they’re not in the same place because they couldn’t accommodate two. There’s one spot open here, one spot open there,” Felzer said.

She is frustrated and sad because her kids also loved their teachers.

“I know there’s other loving people in the world, but we love them.”

NBC Charlotte tried repeatedly to get comment from the church, but our calls were not returned.