Dozens of parents wait overnight to secure a daycare place

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – More than 100 parents in Nashville waited hours in line, some overnight, to secure a place in a new day care center Friday.

“I have my first baby this fall and I want to make sure we can get her in good daycare,” Corey Pettit explained from the front page of the Primrose School enrollment line.

Pettit sat in a lawn chair in front of more than 100 parents, which took some commitment. “I handed over my car at lunchtime yesterday to make sure I had a parking space, got my wife to pick me up and brought me back at 8pm last night. Thought I knew people were turning it into bourbon at 9am in December; I could do it for a baby at 8 in May. ”

The line was a visual representation of day care waiting lists in Nashville and across the country. A pandemic study conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children reveals that out of 5,000 early childhood educators, 2/3 reported experiencing a shortage of staff that affected their ability to serve families.

“I’ve been doing this for about 20 years and I’ve never seen such a need for childcare,” explained Amy James, the franchise owner of Primrose.

James said Primrose will take 368 children and is expected to open in early 2023.

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