Parents of 35 children at a southwest daycare were shocked to find out the community-centre run facility may be forced to shut its doors to the kids in two months.

Cherie Martens was surprised when she picked up her nine-year-old daughter on Wednesday at the Cedarbrae Community Centre to find a notice saying the daycare would be forced to shut down on August 26.

“The notice just said they had to address the fiscal situation. It’s not just me but all of us who are dealing with this,” she said.

Martens has already contacted two other area daycares and even day homes in the community, but none are accepting new children, she added.

“I’m really not sure what we are going to do. It’s overwhelming.”

Phyllis Stanko, executive director of the community centre, said the decision was a distressing one, but isn’t set in stone.

“This was the last thing anyone wanted, we are neighbours in this community,” she said, adding the potential closure is a direct result of the economic times.

The community centre board is meeting with Child and Family Services today to look at their options.

“We just wanted to give the parents enough notice,” she added.

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