PEORIA, Ill.– Poor economic climate is forcing Neighborhood House to stop offering child care services as of next month.
After providing childcare to local children for 115 years, CEO Becky Rossman said low birth rate and fierce competition led to the decision to close on August 9.
“Neighborhood House was very progressive when they started offering child care in 1904,” she said. “But the dynamics have changed and the need is not as relevant today.”
Since funding is tied to enrollment, Rossman said the upcoming increase in minimum wage was also a determining factor to stop services.
“This was a very difficult decision. With a projected deficit of $100,000 to serve 30 children, it was the right thing to do to ensure Neighborhood House continues to be strong now and well into the future,” she said.”Neighborhood House has survived 123 years by evolving to meet the most relevant needs of the community and will continue to do so.”
The Neighborhood House is one of seven licensed center in the 61605 zip code.