POSTED: Friday, October 2, 2009 - 8:04am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
EL PASO--- Hours from now, instead of 'hello', children will be saying 'goodbye' to their teachers at the El Paso Children's DayCare Association, a non-profit suffering from budget shortfalls.
"Like most non-profits, life is from pillar to post. And in the last year, it has been more like paycheck to paycheck," said Executive Director Maliza Cox, who believes the state is not giving enough since minimum wage has increased three times in three years.
Cox says the organizations has struggled to meet payroll.
"A couple of our board members are going to pay for this payroll so that all of our employees will be paid," she said.
And so the board had to make another difficult decision; to shut down their center, leave the 76 children without daycare, and employees without work.
"If there was issues of funding, they could have at least told the parents, the teachers. So as a community to get together to try to find a solution to the problem," said Lourdes Beltran, one of the teachers to be laid off Friday.
The center gave teachers and parents too short notice, said Beltran.
So for now, she'll have to apply for unemployment while she and her fellow 11 co-workers find work elsewhere.
"This is my thing. I enjoy being around kids. And hopefully I'll find something soon. And I hope that my kids get a good daycare," she said.
Cox says the EPCD is giving away their extra food to the Rescue Mission, and as soon as they shut their doors they plan to put the building up for sale.