Menifee Daycare Shortage

With many moms and dads commuting long distances to work, daycare has become a hot commodity in Menifee. The Press Enterprise reports today...

With many moms and dads commuting long distances to work, daycare has become a hot commodity in Menifee.

The Press Enterprise reports today that families here are struggling to find available daycare, with every facility carrying long waiting lists.

Inland Empire Craigslist is packed with ads from childcare providers, and families searching for childcare providers.

Last week, The Californian reported that a non-denominational church in Sun City is seeking to open up a child care center. However, residents there are fighting it, claiming that Sun City is a bad place for a child care center.

I don't understand why the public school system can't offer after-school care (or before school care), on a paid basis. That is, Menifee Union School District could offer a childcare program that families would pay for, and charge high enough to earn a substantial profit. That profit could offset the school district's expenses.

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  1. Good Shepherd Lutheran School on Newport Road is starting a new toddler program. This will be for toddlers between the ages of 18 to 30 months. It might not be a perfect fit, but it helps to relieve the strain some. Call the school office at 951-672-6675 for more info.

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  2. For local daycare options, visit:
    http://www.cityofmenifee.com/Day_Care.html

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  3. The Southwest Family YMCA offers before and after school care. There are two sites:
    1. Menifee Valley Middle School which serves Bell Mountain Middle School, Menifee Valley Middle School, Chester Morrison and Menifee Elementary.
    2. Ridgemoor Elementary Site which serves Ridgemoor, Freedom Crest and Callie Kirkpatrick.

    For more information check out www.riversideymca.org

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  4. Many school districts do offer after school programs. From my understanding none of the schools in Menifee offer such a service. The state of California has grants that assist with the cost the district would accrue. I know Hemet and San Jacinto school districts offer such programs. They were once Federal Programs called 21St Century--now they are state programs and are called S.A.F.E. According to NCLB under Bush, school districts are mandated to offer such programs. Parents need to push this through the school district via Governing Board meetings. A great place to start would be by contacting the School District office or your child's principal. Menifee is no longer the small town it once was. Parents need support and under NCLB, they should have what they are entitled to. PUSH the district! They need to get with the program!

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  5. I agree with you Steve. There should be "onsite" programs to accomodate working parents. These programs would then only serve their students, and in turn, shorten wait lists.

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  6. My Child Goes to a great home day care in Menifee. She offers a preschool program and she interacts with the kids a lot! She also has a nice backyard area. I am not sure if she has openings but her name is Sarah with wiggles and giggles day care. (951) 246-9062.

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  7. The phone number to wiggles and giggles day care in menifee is (951) 746-9636. And my son LOVES it! I have to pry him out of there everyday! Good Luck!

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  8. I would not recommend letting the school district meddle in child care issues - they showed what they are made of at the meeting last night.
    The YMCA program is good - I suggest urging the district to allow the Y to open up child care on each of the school sites. They are licensed and professional. My kids have been going there for a couple of years, and they love it!

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  9. Or you can try The ABC Learning Childcare & Preschool. My son loves it there! 951-698-6888

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  10. The school board is talking about having after school care at more of the elementary schools.

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  11. The Southwest Family YMCA is the worst after school care you could take your child to. They were once located at Menifee Valley Middle School. They don't pay attention to what the kids are saying or doing. I had to take my son out of there.

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  12. It's funny, we all are complaining on another page about the gangs and vandalism problems and the lack of parenting in our community, yet we also think more daycare is a great solution.

    Why don't people start living within their means so that both parents don't have to work to support their family's lifestyle? I'm not saying it works for everyone, but if parents could spent more time at home instead of spending hours commuting to OC or SD, we would have better families and communities. The key is to eliminate the need for a two-income household, or at least a full-time two-income household by stopping the frivolous spending I see going on in many people's lives. IMHO. For instance, how many times do you eat dinner at home per week?

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  13. To Jeff, my family and I have lived here in Menifee for almost two years come next month. I have stayed home with my children the entire time, however its heard to live on one income and my husband works from home. We don't go out to eat, Target only for the essentials and the grocery store. I would love to do day care for someone who needed a "family atmosphere for there children". I already have three of my own what is a few more? Other then to keep one another company! So parents if you do or don't work from home do what works for your family...someone out there is willing and able to raise your children during the work hours.

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  14. I have an 8 year old daughter that will be attending Chester Morrison Elementary..I am looking for after school care, as well as transportation from school, until approx 5:30 pm...if close to my home (Rio Vista and Bradley), my son could pick her up on his way home from school @ approx. 3:45pm
    Does anyone have any ideas?????

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  15. Jeff,