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Parents struggle after daycare for at-risk, special needs kids closes

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Parents know finding a good daycare center can be challenging and expensive. So you can imagine why some parents were upset when they found out their daycare center's last day was today.

My Place Child Development Center is located inside a clinic on 25th Street North and is run by Birmingham Health Care. According to the BHC, My Place was for homeless, at-risk and special needs children. Families using the center paid a small fee for their children to attend if anything at all.

Some parents tell FOX6 they just found out last month that the center was closing today. FOX6 tried to find out why the center was closing. However BHC Director Jimmy Lacey failed to return our calls. FOX6 has learned former Birmingham City Councilman Lee Loder and his wife will lease the space from BHC and plan to open a new daycare around the first part of March. Loder says there is a spot for children who attended My Place. However, the fees would be higher, running $110 per week. Loder says they are hoping to provide some need based scholarships for those who qualify.

Still, Taffney Jones, who's the mother of a 4-year-old who attended the center, says it just won't be the same as when it was My Place.

"I'm saddened, sad that they're closing," Jones said Friday.

She has a kindergartener now who is excelling in school and she says it's because of the education she received at the center. She hates that her younger daughter won't get the same attention.

"I would rather her be in a daycare...specifically at My Place, but they're not going to be open. I just have to take her everywhere I go," she said.

FOX6 also asked whether employees at My Place would be allowed to keep their jobs. Loder says staff members had an opportunity to apply for positions with the new center and he expects a couple of them to be hired.

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