has a decision to make.He
must either become a licensed child-care center director or spend thousands of dollars a year to have one on staff. Starting Sept. 1, child-care center operators, including Cross, manager of All About Kids in Beaumont, must meet statewide standards that include having a licensed director on staff.
, who opened his
center three years ago at 5545 Eastex Freeway, he
must pay $400 for a 15-week training class to get his
own director's license.Otherwise, he
must pay an estimated $19,000 annual salary to hire a director.
"The problem with hiring a director is that you have to pay them what they're worth," said 30-year-old Cross
Due to the competitive nature of the child-care market in Beaumont, it would be tough to pass on the cost of a director's salary to parents.
"In Beaumont, everybody wants to have cheap day care," he
Earlier this week, Freeman was in the same situation as Cross
, but everything came together fairly quickly for her.
Much of the padding equipment _ excluding wood chips _ costs $9 per square foot, said Cross
who recently saw a contractor.
Cross's playground for now sits atop concrete.
For an average-sized playground of about 75 square feet, that's nearly $700 in materials alone _ excluding the contractor's fee, Cross