The closing of one of Tulsa's aftercare programs has parents scrambling to find alternatives with school beginning on Thursday.
The Woodland Acres Baptist Church after-school program announced it is shutting down due to financial difficulties it's currently facing.
Sabrina Johnston, a single mother, full-time medical assistant and full-time student, says she was notified of its closing on Friday, Aug. 16, less than a week before her daughter, Makayla, was to begin kindergarten at Carnegie Elementary.
"I was informed by the aftercare program that I signed her up for last -- in April -- that they were closing," Johnston said.
A spokesman for the aftercare program says he sent letters to families with children enrolled in the program July 11.
Johnston says she never received them.
Chris Payne, executive director of communications for the Tulsa Public Schools, says his department first heard of the closing at the beginning of August.
Students attending Carnegie have two options for day cares that also provide transportation from the elementary school to the after school program: Woodland Acres Baptist Church and the New Haven United Methodist Church.
Unfortunately for Johnston and 45 other families dependent on both the day care and the transportation, New Haven United Methodist Church's day care is fully booked and also has a waiting list of 10 families.
Payne says another area church has contacted the district about filling the void left by Woodland Acres, which has served the community as an after school provider for more than 40 years.
Because of the early nature of the discussions, Payne could not release the name of the church, but did say the transportation issue is being addressed in those discussions.
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