It is with much sadness that we announce the closure of Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center as of July 31. We would like to express our deep appreciation to the families who have entrusted their children to us, to the wonderful staff who worked so hard, to past board members, agencies and community members who have supported us over the past eight years.
Kachemak Kids was organized in response to the need for high quality early child care in Homer. The founders envisioned a parent cooperative, child-centered program which would provide high quality early education as well as full day child care for working parents. We consistently worked to provide open-ended learning through exploration, creativity, arts and music as well as foster a sense of community among the parents.
Unfortunately, over the years, we have struggled to find a balance between charging tuition that is manageable for a working family, while earning enough to be able to pay professional wages for professional educators. We have also found it very difficult to hire staff with the credentials required by state child care licensing.
Ultimately, these difficulties have resulted in the need to close the center. We are saddened to have to close the doors and will miss working with the staff, families, community and of course the children that made Kachemak Kids so special. We regret the difficulties our closure will cause. We urge community members to support other providers in their work and to assist local early learning organizations in their efforts to bring our children the best in early childhood education.