Essential Daycare in Williston might close before the New Year

WILLISTON, N.D. - Learning Adventures Childcare is now making some last-ditch efforts keep their doors open after their facility flooded nine months ago.

Breanna Hodgkiss, owner and director of the daycare, has been renting a temporary space in the 20/20 medical building since the flood, so she can find a permanent location to care for up to 46 children. Finding a 3,000 square-foot building on a tight budget that also meets the State’s standards has been difficult. Leads from real-estate agents, commercial brokers, and the City of Williston have all led to dead-ends.

Hodgkiss said they found a space in a church, but due to health problems that is not an option anymore.

Hodgkiss added: “We found out in October that there is mold in the church. So now we’re back to square one, and we said in the original plan is if we did not find something by the new year, that we would close before the new year begins.”

Vacant daycare spots are difficult to find in Williston, especially for infants. Hodgkiss says many of Learning Adventure’s kids belong to essential workers, so she’s willing to team up with a company to provide their own employees a permanent space for childcare.

The parents say they are doing everything they can to keep their children at the daycare not only because it’s hard to find a replacement, but because they’re like a family.

“I have such a peace of mind going to work, knowing that I don’t have to worry about my children. I don’t have to worry about whether they’re getting love and attention and being taken care of, because I know that they are,” said Shiloh Wilburn, mother of three.

Wilburn says, so losing those spots would be a significant loss to the community. If you’d like to help, you can contact Breanna Hodgkiss at 701-580-2927 or email learningadventuresND@gmail.com.