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Early Learner SD seeks input on childcare crisis

Pavel Danilyuk

Early Learner South Dakota and South Dakota Afterschool Network seeks input on the childcare crisis.

This comes after the announcement of the closure of several Apple Tree Childcare Centers in Sioux Falls.

Randy Stewart is the Executive Director of the centers. He says the closures are due to staffing shortages, inflation, and occupancy costs.

Apple Tree Centers are licensed facilities that can serve up to 800 children and have operated for 40 years, according to a press release from the organization. Initially, Apple Tree officials said all four of its facilities are closing. On Sunday, they said one location on the west side of the city will remain open.

Apple Tree is just one of many closures across the state, leaving many parents without childcare options.

Share your experiences and provide input on the childcare crisis here.

Krystal is the local host of "All Things Considered."