Alliance for Women and Children are working to bring back their Merkel after school program

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MERKEL, Texas (KTAB) – After the Alliance for Women and Children discontinued their after school care program in Merkel, working parents have had limited options for care of their kids from the time they are released from school to when parents can pick them up. The non-profit organization is working to bring that program back.

For many parents, after school care is crucial.

“It provides an opportunity for working moms, working families,” mother of two, Christian Clyburn said.

So when the Alliance for Women and Children after school care program was discontinued last year, parents like Clyburn were put in a bind.

“Between  my husband who’s an Abilene fireman on his days off, days that I could get off from work or afternoons I could get off from work and my mother we just kind of juggled him around,” Clyburn said.

There were times when family members weren’t available.

“Sometimes he went to some friends house and sometimes we had morning conversations of who’s going to pick up Tucker today so it is a little stressful.  It is,” Clyburn said.

Now, the non-profit is working to bring that program back to relieve that stress.

“It is something that we see a need,” Alliance for Women and Children After School Care Program Director, Zac Vines said.

Sending out a survey, Alliance for Women and children are looking at how big of a need the program is in the area.

“We asked them obviously basic information and then how many children they had and what grades those children were in and if we did have a site out there if we provided that service would they be interested in signing their kids up for that or if we weren’t there what would the children be doing differently,” Vines said.

Clyburn and other parents are hoping the program comes back to have a better option for their kids.

“To know that you have a safe place for your kid to go after school is absolutely the most valuable thing we can have in our community,” Clyburn said.

Alliance for Women and Children needs about 20 kids registered for the after school program by August 13th to bring it back.

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