Parents are trying to get Tulsa's Children Day Nursery to relocate and not close

Tuesday, February 1st 2005, 3:11 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa's new downtown arena has some parents looking for a new place to take their kids during the day.

Children's Day Nursery stands in the way of progress and instead of relocating; they're closing their doors for good.

News on 6 anchor Terry Hood explains how parents aren't letting the daycare close without having a say.

Nearly 90 years of history won't be enough to stop the future of downtown. The Children's Day Nursery near 3rd and Frisco is the oldest child care facility in the state. It's also a non-profit day care, caring for almost a hundred children, mostly from lower-income families.

Kurt Nielsen picked up his daughter, August, for one of the last times at the Nursery. Even at 3-and-a-half, Kurt says she knows she'll be switching schools soon. But he says he hasn't been able to tell her that her teachers and friends won't be coming with her. And that day's just a month away. The day care closes on the last day of February. "Before my daughter was born, we were on a waiting list at another day care, and 4 years later, we're just coming up on that list, and we're one of the few families that might get lucky to have a new daycare."

Kurt organized a meeting of parents Tuesday night at the day care. They are trying to convince the day care board to stay open just a little longer and rethink closing for good.